When theologian Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg in Germany, his very first statement read as follows, “When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said ‘Repent,’ He called for the entire life of believers to be one of penitence.”
What does a life of penitence (repentance) look like? King David was known as “a man after God’s own heart,” yet David struggled with sin just like us. Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, David wrote Psalm 51, a confession of his sin and of the hope he found in true repentance. In the work of Christ on the cross he found rest that he could not have obtained on his own. Join us this Sunday as we look at Psalm 51 together.
1. Has there ever been a time in your life that God used someone else to help you see sin in your life?
2. What are some marks of honest confession of sin? Which ones are easier for you? Which ones are difficult? Why?
3. What is typically your first response when your sin is exposed? What are ways you can encourage each other to see your sin as first and foremost against God?
4. In your Life Groups, share some Scripture passages that give you hope and comfort when you repent. What hope does the character of God give you when you repent?
6. What are some ways you celebrate when you repent?
7. Discuss ways your group can encourage each other to become more confessional. Take some time for open heart confession and pray for each other.