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 Week  
 NINE


Week 9 – Confession and Absolution

 

This week, we will wrap up the Small Catechism with Confession and Absolution.  During the first two weeks, we learned about how the Ten Commandments convict us of our sins and showed us where we have fallen short.  When we sin, we have two options.  We can try to ignore or gloss over those sins, or we can bring them to the Lord and ask Him for forgiveness. The first option eventually leads to eternal separation from God, but our Heavenly Father calls us to bring those sins to him, confident that Jesus has already paid the price for them. 

Jesus gave his church the Office of the Keys, namely, the ability to forgive sins on God’s behalf.  So Christians come to church and confess their sins, and then hear the pastor proclaim the words of Absolution, that Christ has paid for those sins, and they are forgiven.  Christians are far from perfect, but part of the Christian life is acknowledging that, and putting our hope in our Savior, the perfect sacrifice for us.

 

November 6th, 2017 – What is Confession? (p18)

  •       When you do something wrong, does it help to talk to someone about it, or do you prefer to keep it to yourself. Why?

 

November 7th, 2017 – Which sins should we confess? Which are these? (p18-19)

  •         Would you feel more comfortable confessing your sins to God, or to your pastor or another person?  Explain?
  •         Why do you think Luther structured the catechism to start with the Ten Commandments?

 

November 8th, 2017 – What is the Office of the Keys? Where is this written? What do you believe according to these words? (p19-20)

  •       Why do you think churches make Confession and Absolution part of the service each week? 
  •       What are some benefits of having everyone in the congregation do Confession and Absolution together?

 

November 9th, 2017 – Psalm 32:5, Acts 3:19 – Who receives forgiveness?

  •         If God has already seen every sin that we’ve committed, why do you think he still wants us to confess them?

 

November 10th, 2017 –1 John 1:8-9, Isaiah 1:18 – What does forgiveness look like?

  •       Do you recognize 1 John 1:8-9 from anywhere? Is so, where?
  •       What does God promise about the sins we confess in Isaiah 1:18?

 

November 11th, 2017 –Luke 17:3-4 – Is there a limit?

  •       How many times does God call us to forgive someone if they repent of their sin?  Do you think this is reasonable? Why or why not?
  •       Is there a particular sin that you commit over and over again?  How often has God forgiven you for that sin?

 

November 12th, 2017 – Luke 19:1-10 – The result of repentance

  •       After Zacchaeus repents of his sin, how is his life changed?
  •       As Christians, how can we respond to being forgiven?         

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