On Sunday morning, towards the end of the sermon, Pastor Josh talked about biblical steps towards reconciliation. Below you will find a brief overview of these steps, as they are presented in our Membership Class booklet.
Dealing With Sin / Biblical Steps To Reconciliation
- Conviction –learning and feeling our sin as we encounter the Scriptures and the leading of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7–11)
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father, and you will see me no longer; concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. (John 16:7-11)
- Confession – agreeing with the Holy Spirit and Scripture regarding our sin (1 John 1:5–9).
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:5-9)
- Repentance – a turning from our sin and turning to God through obedience to Him out of love (Luke 17:3; Acts 3:19, 5:31, 11:18).
Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, (Acts 3:19)
- Restitution – seeking to make thing right, as much as possible, for our sins (Ex. 22:3; Prov. 6:31; Ezek. 33:15).
if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has taken by robbery, and walks in the statutes of life, not doing injustice, he shall surely live; he shall not die. (Ezekiel 33:15)
- Forgiveness – asking for grace from those you have sinned against, or giving grace to those who have sinned against you (Matt. 6:12–14, 18:35; Mark 11:25; 2 Cor. 2:10; Eph. 4:32).
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you. (Ephesians 4:32)
- Reconciliation – once all parties have repented and been forgiven of sin they are able to reunite (Matt. 5:24; Eph. 2:14–16; 2 Cor. 5:18).
For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. (Ephesians 2:14-16)