If you were away from us at The Journey Church this past weekend, here is what you missed:
As we enter our eighth week of our MY Year series, we will be preaching over the 12 spiritual formation markers that we want our church to abide by. The eighth spiritual formation we talked about this past weekend was the following:
A not-of-this-world level of transparency through confession of sin and repentance
Sadly, the majority of churches look like a masquerade ball where people wear masks to portray happiness and perfection. It is not easy for a Christian’s sin and pain to be on display for the church to see. Fear of being judged, rejected, and cast out triumphs in the mind over confession of sin in the majority of Christians. If Christians seldom participate in confession of sins, then they seldom are repenting of their sins as well. This lack of confession which leads to a lack of repentance will inevitably weaken ones faith thus hindering the Gospel from transforming every area of life.
Vulnerability is the key for the Christian to live a lifestyle of confession and repentance. Being vulnerable is greatly connected to how one grows, because it acknowledges the need for help. Putting on a mask that shows everything is okay actually gets in the way of God working in ones life. Pride can be a major opponent of being vulnerable. However, if you call yourself a Christian, then you have already confessed your need for a savior. It should never be a surprise when one is struggling with sin, because the struggle of sin is one of the key components of the faith. It should never be a surprise that someone is dealing with pain because everyone knows this world is broken. Three keys to living a life of vulnerability:
- Honesty in examining ones own heart
What remains in the dark will enslave us
If Biblical community is not a weekly routine for the Christian where trustworthy people are listening first and speaking second, then being vulnerable will not easily happen. If a person is not getting real and honest about their struggles and sin, then being vulnerable is impossible as well. A lot of Christians wear masquerade masks at church because they are also wearing them when they look in the mirror at home. Being real with oneself, where there is a honest examination of the heart is a must in order to be vulnerable. Last but certainly not least there is courage. Courage is the main ingredient to being vulnerable. If one is more fearful of what people might think than being fearful of the sin in the heart, then one will never have the courage to vulnerably confess sin and pain.
Blood of the Lamb and the Word of their Testimony
Satan will do anything to keep the sins of man in the dark. He knows if he can get the Christian to be scared to be vulnerable then the light of the Gospel will never shine on their hearts. Satan’s tactic is to attack by tempting one to sin and cause pain and afflictions, but he does not stop. He wants the Christian to hide their pain and sins from from others because he knows what the Bible says. He knows when one confesses sin to a brother or sister in Christ, healing is made possible James 5:16. The only way to fight against Satan’s tactics is by using the tools God’s Word gives us. Revelation 12:11 says, “And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” The blood of the lamb has defeated Satan and everyone who calls themselves a Christian has a testimony to share about this defeat. The question is, will you be vulnerable to confess and share your testimony?