Moving Beyond Motions

This year as a church we are looking at how we can move beyond the motions and develop a personal relationship with God through spiritual practices. Throughout the year, we’ll work our way through 12 practices that help us connect to God. This page is meant to be a resource for each of us to discover, try, and learn more about each of these practices.

Confession

— Admitting our sins to ourselves, to God and to others"

 

“… If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

 

Get Ready:

Find a quiet place to pray asking God to reveal any areas of sin in your life. If it’s helpful, pray the words from Psalm 139, “Search me, God, and know my heart, test me know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me…"

 

Try it out:

  • Take a few minutes each morning to ask God to reveal any sins to you. As they come to mind, confess them to God, and then pray, “God help me receive your forgiveness.”
  • Consider trying confession out with a trusted friend. Choose someone who is spiritually mature, confidential, full of joy, and meet with them. Share one area where God has revealed a sin in your life. Ask them to pray for you.
  • Take a few days to pray the prayer from Psalm 139. After compiling a list of sins, consider sharing these with a trusted friend. After they have read the list, ask them to tear it up and pray for you. Join the prayer thanking God for his forgiveness.

 

Go Deeper:

 

Service
Submission
Solitude
Simplicity
Study
Fasting
Intercessory Prayer
Meditation