Confession Is Good For The Soul (1 of 2) by Jeff Strite

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Confession Is Good For The Soul (1 of 2)
Series: How To Become A Christian
Jeff Strite
Romans 10:9-11

OPEN: A woman went to court and told the judge she wanted a divorce. "Do you have any grounds!" the judge asked. "Just two acres," she said.
"That's not it, lady. I mean do you have a grudge!" "No, we park the car in front of the house."
By now the judge was frustrated: "Does your husband beat you up!" She replied. "No, I get up before he does."
"Then why do you want a divorce?" the judge asked. "Because," she confessed, "we just don't seem to be able to communicate. "

APPLY: Obviously, this woman and the judge and the woman weren't communicating. Why weren't they communicating? Because they weren't saying the same things. He asked one question, she responded as if he'd asked an entirely different one. They were not saying the same thing.

In Romans 10:9-10 we're introduced to a Greek word that means "to say the same thing." It's the Greek word "homologeo" ("homo" = same; "logeo" = say). This is the word that is translated "confession," and Paul tells us that confession is part of what we do to be saved.

I. What is it that we need to confess?
(have the audience respond)… Yes. We need to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. God wants us to say is the same thing that:

* Peter said in Matthew 16:16 "You are the Christ the Son of the Living God

* Martha said in John 11 when Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"
"Yes, Lord," she told him, "I believe that you are the Christ the Son of God, who was to come into the world."

* SO, God wants us to "say the same thing."

II. Now, this is not as simplistic as it seems.

ILLUS: My brother Jack has a unique and interesting gift. He can mimic anything you say - within a split second of when you've said it. Seriously. It's like being in an echo chamber. ...


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