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Now That Jesus Is Risen April 18, 2012

Posted by roberttalley in Confession, Covenant, Discipleship, Exodus, First Peter, Holiness, Leviticus, Sanctification.
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Exodus 19:1-8

I want to address an important question. We believe that Jesus rose from the dead. Now that he is risen, what now? The answer is found in Romans 10:9-10, “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Salvation we understand. We are saved from sin, death, hell, and the devil. What, however, does it mean to believe unto righteousness? This is one of the great themes of the Bible. We through faith in the resurrected Christ become a holy people, that is, we become saints.

A. To be a holy people means we must keep the covenant of the Lord (Exodus 19:3-6). The children of Israel are a good example of what we are talking about. God saved them from slavery in Egypt. God saved them from certain death by parting the Red Sea. God saved them from Pharaoh and his mighty army.

In verse 4 God says, “You have seen what I did to Pharaoh. You have seen that you are the apple of my eye. I have born you on eagle’s wings. All the world is mine but I have made a covenant with you. Keep that covenant.” Put another way, this is your reality, now obey me.

B. To be a holy people means we must honor the salvation of the Lord (Leviticus 11:44-47). These verses indicate how that we keep the covenant of the Lord. At the end of a chapter of rules concerning what is kosher to eat, God says that the reason for these rules is not because bacon is sinful and hamburger is not. It is also not necessarily because oysters are unhealthy and chicken is not. God tells us why he gave them such strict rules. He says that my works prove that I am different from all other gods so you must be different from all other peoples (verse 44-45).

Now we know that these rules don’t apply anymore. Jesus made that clear to Peter in a dream in Acts 10. Since bacon and jumbo shrimp are allowable to us to eat, how do we honor the salvation of the Lord? Ephesians 4:1-3 tells us, “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

The world for the most part does not live with this type of attitude. Billy Martin tells how that he and Mickey Mantle went hunting in Texas. Mantle had a friend, who had given them permission to hunt. When they arrived, Mantle went inside and Martin stayed in the car. The friend had a pet mule in the barn, that was going blind, and he didn’t have the heart to put the animal out of his misery; so he asked Mantle to shoot it for him. Mantle came back to the car pretending to be mad and said to Martin, that permission to hunt had been denied and that he was so mad he was going to shoot one of the friend’s mules. Martin said, “We can’t do that!” Mantle said, “Just watch me!” Mantle rushed to the barn and shot the mule. As he was leaving the barn, he heard two shots. He saw Martin with his gun. “What are you doing?” Mantle said. Martin, himself now truly angry, said, “We’ll show him! I just killed two of his cows.” That is the way of the world. Are you longsuffering as a citizen of God’s holy people or do you get even, as is done in the world?

C. To be a holy people means we must pledge our loyalty to the Lord (Leviticus 20:6-8). To be holy means more than being nice. It also means that our loyalty is pledged to the Lord. God uses strong language here. To depend on a medium or someone who communicates with the spirit world is unfaithfulness to God our husband.

Now most of us do not try to communicate with the spirit world, not because we don’t believe in its existence or in the possibility but rather we have understood that God has forbidden it. There is, however, another way in which we can show unfaithfulness to our groom, Jesus the Christ. It is found in James 4:1-4, “Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? …You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever there wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”

D. To be a holy people means we will not follow the world (Leviticus 20:25-27). God says, “I have separated you from the peoples, that you should be mine” (verse 26). He is not talking about isolation here. Israel was never isolated from the nations. In fact, Israel was intended to be a witness of God’s power to the nations. Rahab, Ruth, Namaan, the city of Nineveh, the Ethiopian eunuch, Cornelius are all examples of how Israel as the nation of God drew individuals from within the nations to God. If we are not to isolate ourselves from the world, what does it mean not to follow the world?

First John 2:15-17, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”

E. To be a holy people means we will hope in the coming of the Lord (1 Peter 1:13-21). Peter is saying, because the world will not last and our salvation is eternal, you need to “gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace…as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance… ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’”

To hope in the coming of the Lord implies being very careful in this world. Max Lucado tells about an Indian walking up a mountain when he met snake who wanted to be carried up the mountain. The Indian said, “No, you’ll bite me.” “No, I won’t,” said the snake, “I just need a little help.” The Indian picked up the snake and carried him to the top of the mountain. At the top the snake bit him. The Indian fell and the snake began to slither away. “You lied!” he gasped, “You said you wouldn’t bite me!” The snake stopped and looked back and said, “You knew what I was when you picked me up.”

F. To be a holy people means we proclaim the praises of the Lord to the world (1 Peter 2:8b-10). We have been delivered. We are now a holy people. Let’s proclaim his praises, let’s shout from the housetops that there is mercy to be found in Jesus Christ.

This is one of the reasons I believe in eternal security. How can I preach the mercy of God when I am not sure that His mercy is sufficient to forgive me not only of what I have done but also of anything I might do. There is a warning here though. Paul put it this way in Romans 11:20-22, “Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches (ethnic Israel), He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.” If I say I am in the faith and I do not live accordingly, then, like Israel, I prove am not in faith and that I am doomed to destruction.”

Next Week’s Sermon: Does God Hate Some People?

Seeking God’s Favor After Sinning March 12, 2010

Posted by roberttalley in Adultery, Confession, David, Depravity, Faith, Forgiveness, Hope, Mercy, Psalms, Religion, Repentance, Second Samuel, Sermons, Sin.

Seeking God’s Favor After Sinning
2 Samuel 12 with Psalms 51 and 32

David was entrusted with God’s people. In His disobedience to God, He betrayed God’s people. What we sometimes forget is the awful cost of betrayal. There is an emotional cost. When you read John’s Gospel carefully, it seems that a huge part of the emotional turmoil exhibited in the Garden of Gethsemane had to do with his knowledge of the betrayal of Judas.

Many of you today feel betrayed. Some of you have so often felt betrayed that you have deep scars on your soul. If you have been betrayed, then understand this sermon touches on those events in which you were betrayed.

There is, however, hope and healing. The path to hope and healing, however, is not an easy path. I do not want to mislead you and tell you that this one sermon will answer all your questions and solve all your problems. What I desire is that we begin our path through the valley of the shadow of death together. It will not be easy. In fact, our path begins with the destruction left behind by sin.

I. Sin is destructive (2 Samuel 12). It starves the malnourished and leaves the helpless unprotected. Sin is like a whirlpool pulling all those close by under the water. Sin leaves its victims with no where to turn. Sin, like Satan goes about as a roaring lion, seeking who He may devour. Yes, sin is destructive eternally in the lake of fire but it is also destructive physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually in this life, right now.

a. One of the reasons sin is so destructive is that when I sin, I do not care about others (2 Samuel 12:1-6). You see sin is manipulative, coercive, controlling, and predatory. Look at David’s sin. David in this case did not care who he harmed.

That is the point of Nathan’s parable. Nathan did not even address the lies David told and the murder David ordered. He simply points out that the sinner, in this case, David, did not care about the welfare of others. He did not care about his kingdom, he did not care about his family, and he did not care about his army. All he cared about was self.

Let me at this point say something very important. When I say these things, I know what I am talking about. I am an experienced sinner. I wish that I could tell you that I would never sin against you but my forty-six years have taught me this much. I sin when I am selfish. Sometimes my sin is acceptable to those around me and sometimes it is not but it is always selfish.

Sin destroys trust because sin uses trust as a weapon. When trust is destroyed, it is then that people begin to lose hope. Without trust, how can you hope in friends, family, and church? Without trust, how can you feel safe? Without trust, how can you hope in justice? Would you trust David as your king, your husband, your father, your commander in chief? No. Yet you need those in whom you can trust. What do you do? Perhaps the one damaged by sin withdraws into a world they feel they can control. Maybe they put up an impenetrable front through which no one can break through. Or perhaps they simply walk away when trust is demanded.

But when I sin, I do not care about that.

b. When I sin, I show a lack of contentment with God’s blessings (2 Samuel 12:7-8). This is the second point of the parable of Nathan but this point is so important that Nathan explicitly emphasizes it.

“In Our Daily Bread, Philip Parham tells the story of a rich industrialist who was disturbed to find a fisherman sitting lazily beside his boat.
“Why aren’t you out there fishing?” he asked.
“Because I’ve caught enough fish for today,” said the fisherman.
“Why don’t you catch more fish than you need?” the rich man asked.
“What would I do with them?”
“You could earn more money,” came the impatient reply, “and buy a better boat so you could go deeper and catch more fish. You could purchase nylon nets, catch even more fish, and make more money. Soon you’d have a fleet of boats and be rich like me.”
The fisherman asked, “Then what would I do?”
“You could sit down and enjoy life,” said the industrialist.
“What do you think I’m doing now?” the fisherman replied.

Again, I speak from experience. When I sin, it is often because I am not content with what God has given me. I want more. I am not convinced that what I have is enough. I am not convinced that the resources, whether physical or emotional or spiritual, that God has given me are sufficient. It is in that moment that my heart becomes fertile ground for sin.

c. When I sin, I despise the wisdom of God and His Word (2 Samuel 12:9-10). I will refer to this when we celebrate the Lord’s Table. It is important for you and me as believers to realize that when we sin, it is because we despise God’s wisdom. A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that He is God and we are not. When I sin as a believer, it is usually because I feel I know better than God does.

II. But repentance is possible (Psalm 51). The consequences of David’s sin were long-lasting. A daughter abused. A son murdered. Another son, Absalom leads a rebellion against his father in which not only is he killed but thousands of others die in a civil war. Those were some of the special consequences God visited on David and Israel. Yet there was repentance on David’s part and this repentance resulted in God’s blessing on God’s people.

a. No excuses are allowed (Psalm 51:1-6). David made it clear where his sin came from. He was born a sinner. Environmental factors played no role. He was the source of his own sin. That is why he begged for mercy. He could not wipe away the consequences. Neither could he eliminate an already done deed. He needed God to intervene. For God to intervene, David realized that there could be no excuses.

It is essential that we be honest with ourselves. We must acknowledge the destructiveness of our sin. It is only when we are honest with ourselves that we can truly repent.

b. A return to dependence on God’s mercy is demanded (Psalm 51:7-12). There used to be a saying, “The Devil is no friend of grace.” We forget so easily that healing is only to be found in God’s grace and mercy. We, each of us, are in the midst of spiritual warfare. We are defenseless against Satan, against the world, and most of all, against our own evil flesh unless we depend on God’s grace.

c. Repentance unlike penance focuses on loving God and others (Psalm 51:13-17).

One of the big dangers is that one admits to guilt but there is not change. Repentance demands a change. David repentance drives him away from his selfishness. John the Baptist tried to explain this when he preached on repentance in Luke 3:7-14. Penance simply says I am guilty and I will start doing good works. Repentance says, there is no excuse, I am sinful to the core but I will throw myself own God’s mercy and begin to live as He commands, “To love the Lord my God with all my heart and my neighbor as myself.”

d. Repentance of the individual brings healing to the congregation (Psalm 51:18-19). You see, each one of us is negatively affected by the sin of the other. That is clear. First Corinthians 12:26 says, “…if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it…” This psalm also makes it clear that true repentance in one of us, positively affects each one of us. Last week, Dale preached on forgiveness from Matthew 18:21-35. Earlier in the chapter, Jesus warns against the consequences of sin in verses 1-10. Yet there is hope in verses 11-14. Jesus wants to save the lost, protect the weak, revive those without hope, and nourish the starving. He does that regardless of whether the offender repents or not.

But what about the sinner? Not every sinner repents and Jesus threatens that one with punishment. But if he repents, Jesus will not cast him out and according to Matthew 18:15, we have gained a brother. It is of profit to each of you when I repent of my sin. How? Because then we are viewed as acceptable before God.

What is your sin? It is destructive to yourself and to all those around you. You need to quit making excuses and repent. You may need help being honest with yourself. You may need help on the road of repentance. God’s mercy is available and we extend our hand to help you.

I have spoken primarily to believers who have already trusted Christ. If you have not trusted Christ, you need to recognize that He paid the penalty for your sin on the cross. He died for you. You need to be honest also. You need to admit that you are a sinner and that you cannot save yourself. You need the mercy available through faith in Christ. Will you trust him today?

Thanksgiving Sermon from Ezra 9 and 10 November 25, 2007

Posted by roberttalley in Confession, Ezra, Religion, Sermons, Thanksgiving.
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Ezra 10:6-14

INTRODUCTION: As we leave the Thanksgiving season, we want to look back one more time at the word “thanksgiving.” The word that often is translated in the Old Testament as “thanksgiving” or “praise” is found in verses 1 and 11 of Ezra 10. It is translated, however, in these cases with the word “confession.” “At first glance these meanings appear unrelated” (Vine). What is the relationship between confession and thanksgiving?



I knew a fellow once who believed very strongly in confession. This man had a horrible temper. He treated his family badly. He had a filthy mouth talking about things that even today you would not hear on television. He hated the church. He often made fun of Christians. He was a what one might call a working drunk. Every night though, according to his own testimony, before he went to bed, he would confess his sins to God, settle his account, so to speak, and make sure that he was covered by God.

Obviously, he is an extreme case but I am afraid that he is not that much different from most of us. We think of confession as a listing of sins, “…a moralistic, autobiographical catalogue of sins– infractions of a legal code…” (Vine), and in return for that listing of sins we get some sort of favor from God. We look at it as filling out a job application for God and we had better make sure we list our whole criminal record, otherwise God will find out and will get us in some way or the other. As we look at this word more closely, I trust that you will understand more fully what confession truly is, and how that we might integrate it into our lives in the way that God intended for us.


The concept “confession” can be described by the phrase “to say the same thing as another, i.e., to agree with” (Strongs #3670). This may involve a confession of sin but there are a number of other things that can be confessed and not all confession is to God.

Jesus said in Matthew 10:32, “Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven.” We find a similar statement in Luke 12:8, “Also I say to you, whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God.” This is not a confession of sin but a confession of relationship between those who believe and Christ himself.

In Acts 23:8, we find that the Pharisees confessed the resurrection even though many of them did not confess Jesus Christ. In other words, they believed something and agreed with that doctrine.

In fact, only 5 out 41 times is confession in the New Testament related to sin and four of those times are the confession of sin publicly. Although it is not wrong to confess your sins privately before God in your prayer life, you do not find that done very much in the New Testament. The only time I am aware of is in the Lord’s Prayer when Christ teaches that we should ask for forgiveness of sins as we have forgiven those who sin against us. Sin is taken very seriously but what is normally emphasized is repentance and not the listing of our sins.

God wants a lot more than a simple listing of our bad deeds. He desires repentance, a change of mind and direction, and confession, an agreement with him about our sin. I’m afraid that what we usually call confession is that we in our hearts plead “no contest” rather than plead “guilty” to our sin and we hope that because of that the judge will somehow let us off for good behavior.


Spurgeon put it this way in his sermon “CONFESSION OF SIN ILLUSTRATED– PSA. 32:5”. “…I would remind you that thousands of those who call themselves “miserable sinners” in our public services, if they were called to plead before the bar of God would have the effrontery to say “Not Guilty.” They might not use the words, very probably they would use terms, having the opposite meaning, but their heart-plea would be, “not guilty.”…We have heard of a woman who readily allowed that she was a sinner; “O yes, sir, we are all sinners…” But when the visitor sat down and opened the book, and pointing to the commandment, said, “Have you ever had any other God save the Lord?” She did not how that she ever had. “Had she ever taken God’s name in vain?” “O dear no, sir, I never did anything so wicked.” Each precept was explained, and she very positively claimed that she had not broken it. She had not violated the Sabbath; she had not killed anybody; she had not committed adultery; she had not borne false witness, or coveted anything; she was altogether, in detail, innocent, though in the gross she was quite willing to say as other people, “Oh, yes! I am a sinner, of course, sir, we are all sinners!” which, being interpreted, means, “I am ready to say anything you like to put into my mouth, but I do not believe a syllable of it.” The inward speech of the unconverted man is, “I am not guilty.” Ask the unhumbled transgressor, “Art thou worthy of God’s wrath?” and his proud heart replies, “I am not.” “Art thou worthy to be cast away for ever from God’s presence on account of sin?” and the unbroken, uncontrite soul replies, “I am not. I am no thief, nor adulterer, nor extortioner; I have not sinned as yon publican has done. I thank God that I am not as other men are,” Man pleads Not Guilty, and yet all the while within his heart, so proud and boastful, there may readily be discerned abundant evidence of abounding sin. The leprosy is white upon his unclean brow, and yet the man claims to be sound and whole. If there were no other evidence against us, the very pride which boasts of innocence would be sufficient to convict us of sin, and will be so when we are taught right reason by the Holy Spirit.” (from Spurgeon’s Encyclopedia of Sermons)


You are probably now asking yourself, what then does confession have to do with thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is a confession that what God is doing is the best and only way. True confession of sin and true thanksgiving both recognize the same thing. God’s way is the best and only way. His perspective is the only accurate perspective. Look at Hebrews 13:15, “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks <3670> to His name.” Those two words translated “giving thanks” are the word “confession.” True thanksgiving is agreeing with God about who He is and what He is done. That is why we can give thanks during the difficult times, because we agree with God that what He is doing, no matter what it may be and no matter how little we may understand what He is doing, it must be right and just and good.


Ezra 10 begins in verse one with Ezra weeping and confessing. We find the content of his confession in the previous chapter, Ezra 9:5-15. Let’s look at what Ezra was agreeing with God about, what He was confessing.

He was confessing, agreeing to, the guilt of himself and his people (verses 6-7a, see also verses 10-15). None of us sin in isolation. Ezra identified himself with his people. He knew that he was not guilty of the exact sin to which he was confessing but that is not the point of confession. Confession is agreeing with God about sin and your sin.

He was also confessing, agreeing to, the justness of the judgment of God (verses 7b-8a and 13-14). Notice that Ezra in his prayer did not directly ask for anything. There is no petition, only confession. He does not even ask for mercy. He does not say to God, “Look how sad I am, look at how repentant I am, how great my sense of sin is.” He does not expect mercy because of his show of repentance. What Ezra is doing here is drawing close to God by seeing himself and his people from God’s perspective and doing what he can to bring his people with him to see that same perspective.

Finally, he was confessing, agreeing to, the cause of their good fortune, God’s relationship to His people (verses 8-9 and 15). This is a relationship of mercy, a relationship of covenant, a relationship of justice, where God determines how things should be and it is our responsibility to step in time. It is our part to conform, to agree, to confess, to submit ourselves to God. In that sense, confession is the highest form of worship. We are agreeing with God, with who He is, and with what He does.


Hope (verse 2). True confession does not result in depression. True confession does not result in discouragement. Why? Because true confession is not just a confession of sin and guilt but a confession of the character of God. There is hope to be found in the character of God.

Spurgeon said once that a lesson we need to learn about confession is that “the fact of sinnership is no need to despair.” Now the reason there is hope is not because of the guilty plea. A true confession of sin can be boiled down to one word, “Guilty!” Sometimes I have confessed to a wrongdoing and I said, “Guilty, but…!” Why? I’m looking for hope in that second word because there is no hope in the word “guilty”. Agreeing with God about my sinfulness and the justice of my sentence gives me no hope. My only “…hope is in the Lord, who gave Himself for me and paid the price for all my sin on Calvary’s tree.” In other words, a confession to a relationship to God is the only basis for hope. “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”

Commitment (verse 3). When you agree with God about your sin, about yourself, about Him, about His plan, about His Son, you then come to the place where commitment is demanded from you. The evidence of the reality of your confession is seen when you commit to obedience to Christ and His Word.

Action (verse 4). It is possible to make an outward commitment without following up and doing what you have committed yourself to do. True confession produces hope, it produces commitment, but it also produces action. “The knowledge of sinnership leads to right action” (Spurgeon).


That does not mean that the changes are easy. Some were opposed to the action resulting from this confession (verse 15) and you may have some opposition to acting on your confession to God. Some of the circumstances around the commitment these people made were very difficult (verses 10-13) and we know that later some of the people fell back into the same sin (Nehemiah 13). Ezra and Nehemiah, which may originally have been one book, revisit this theme repeatedly. Nehemiah 1 opens with Nehemiah confessing the sins of his people and the greatness of his God and committing himself to doing whatever God desired him to do and then acting on that commitment.


Recognize that true thanksgiving involves not just being happy for what you have but recognizing the reality of your blessings. We do not deserve one blessing. We are hopeless in this life because of sin but God in His mercy has provided hope for us through Jesus Christ.

Second, if you are a believer, start working on your confession. Find out what God says about your sin and agree with that in your heart. If God says your sin is an abomination to him, think of your sin as an abomination and not as a habit or addiction or quirk or personality trait. But don’t stop there. If God says that He is merciful to you through Jesus Christ believe Him and depend on Him for salvation. If God says that He loves you and will care for you in Christ Jesus, believe Him. If God says that there is no other word from Him except for what He has revealed in this book, then turn to this book and no where else to learn from God. If God says that Jesus Christ is God, not a just a man, but also a man, believe God and do not look for any other information. If God says that you need to confront those who you have offended or who have offended you, do it. Don’t look for an excuse to get out of it. If God says you need to love that person that gets on your nerves in this church, before you two leave this building, give them a word of kindness or encouragement. You say, people will think I am doing it just because you preached on this subject. Isn’t that the point? Is the point of preaching to entertain you or to drive you to God and obedience to Him? Is the point of singing His praises to make your worship enjoyable or are you changed by the songs that you sing? Is the point of giving an offering to support the church or to model the example of your Savior? Are you today because that is what you do on Sunday morning or is your church attendance a result of your confession before God?


If you haven’t trusted Christ as Savior, God wants you to confess also. Romans 10:8-11 says, “…The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” {#De 30:14} (that is, the word of faith which we preach):  that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” {#Isa 28:16}”

You see confession and faith are entwined together. This confession is not just the mouthing of words but the result true faith in Christ. The Bible reveals Christ as the Son of God who came and became man to die for your sin. He rose from the dead and ascended to His Father. If you are to be forgiven of sin, you must agree with God not only about your sin but also that Jesus Christ’s sacrifice for your sin is the only hope of salvation. You cannot do this. You must trust Christ to save you.

God sees you as a condemned sinner without hope but God loves you. He sent His Son, Jesus to die for you, to shed His blood for you. Will you trust Him today? Will you confess Him today? He will transform you, He will cleanse you through the blood of Jesus Christ. Believe on Him today.

Sermons on Confession of Sin November 20, 2007

Posted by roberttalley in Confession, Links, Religion, Sermons, Spurgeon.
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Entitled “How Not to be a Mule” by John Piper (Psalm 32)

Another “How to…” Sermon where confession is a major component.

Of course, a sermon on 1 John 1:9 must be included. Make it two. And a third, this one from Spurgeon.

Spurgeon has a wonderful sermon from Luke 18:13 on confession that I haven’t found online yet but here is a different one in its place. I may post the other one later this week if I do not find it somewhere else. It’s a classic.

This one from Spurgeon is one of the better examples I’ve read of a sermon drawn on current events.