Confirmation Day 6:
Caring For Faith Within the Congregation
Lesson 2: Confession, a Grace Privilege
In confession, you speak to another believer of those sins that trouble your conscience and you receive the assurance of the forgiveness of all of your sins
Explain the two parts of confession and why it is important in a believer’s life.
Confirmation Exercise Questions
#27. What is confession? Confession consists of two parts: the one is, that we confess our sins; the other, that we receive absolution from the confessor as of God himself, in no wise doubting, but firmlybelieving that our sins are thus forgiven before God in heaven.
When doubt and sin are pressing, / A Christian sighs and weeps / And on the way of suff’ring, / For mercy waits and pleads, / And then, in trust and comfort, / Confesses sin and grief / To a confessor father / And finds forgiveness free. (SHZ 306 v.1)
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1)
Additional Reference Material
Ps. 32:1-5; Prov. 28:13; Acts 24:16; 1 Tim. 1:19; 3:9; Heb. 10:22; 12:1-3; James 5:16; Matt. 18:18; John 20:22,23; Rom. 1:17; Eph. 2:8
ADDITIONAL LESSON POINTS
Who has the power to forgive sins?
Complete trust is required of a confessor father. Matters spoken of in confession can never be told to anyone else.
By Faith 27; Christian Doctrine 83;
The Treasure Hidden in a Field, J. Uljas, pages 87-92;
Confession, R. Herrala, LLC Winter Services Youth Presentation, 2016
VZ: Confession, A. Paloranta, Oct. 1979, page 154; How it is Taught: Confession, J. Uljas, Nov. 1998, Page 5; Confession, A Healing Slave for the Soul’s Wounds, A. Pelkonen, Sep. 2015, page 5.