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Loving One Another: Confessing Sins, Praying, and Bearing Burdens
James 5:16; Galatians 6:2
Woody Armstrong, Northpoint Elder
Overview: To be a real church, to be a powerful church of the Lord, we must first and foremost recognize our brokenness. Then, as His church, we must model for the world owning our brokenness (confession), for it is then and only then we can model the marvelous redemptive power and work of Jesus in our lives.
01. Loving one another means being real with one another.
02. Being real brings about real working intercessory prayer of the righteous.
03. Only when we are real with each other can we bear each other’s burden and so glorify the Lord.
QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION & DISCOVERY
1. Is being confessional—open, real—with others easy or difficult for you? And why is it so easy or difficult?
2. In your opinion, what are the obstacles that prevent our being confessional? What do you think it would take to deal with those obstacles?
3. How do you view your prayers? In your view, do they “work”? Put another way, how do you gauge the “effectiveness” of your prayers?
4. Do you have relationships with others at Northpoint that you can share your burden or burdens with? If not, why not? Do you truly want others to help you with your burdens? Do you truly want to help others with their burdens?