Confirmation Circle Group Discussion Guide

“We Rebel Against God.”

Supplies

Loose leaf paper for making airplanes

3 different target signs

Journal books

Pens

*Before you begin: write out the day’s Brief Statement of Faith section on the white board (it’s below in the “Work” section)

Introduction

Names and Warmup

Hook                Paper Airplane Targets

Book                The Brief Statement of Faith

                But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator.

Ignoring God’s commandments,

We violate the image of God in others and ourselves,

Accept lies as truth,

Exploit neighbor and nature,

And threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care.

We deserve God’s condemnation.

Look                Propositions on Sin

Took            Affirmations of Forgiveness

Hear the good news! Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us. Friends, believe the good news of the gospel: in Jesus Christ we are forgiven!

Summation

Evaluation

10 Propositions on Sin

  1. Sin is a matter of faith. Sin is fundamentally a disruption between human beings and God, and the knowledge of God is a matter of faith. It takes grace to bring sin to light.
  2. The fundamental form of sin is disobedience. In Genesis, God commanded Adam and Eve not to eat the fruit and they disobeyed.
  3. “The fall” is not history any more than the creation story is “science.”But that doesn’t mean it isn’t true. It’s a pre-historical story about the way it is with you and me.
  4. “The fall” isn’t really a fall. The story of the Garden of Eden is not that people are different after the apple than they were before. It doesn’t explain sin. Sin can’t be explained. It just is.
  5. There is no single “chief” sin: Pride. Mistrust. Ingratitude. Un-love. Disordered desire. Humanity curved in upon itself. All these work as summaries of the whole thing.
  6. Total depravity is a thing. It doesn’t mean that humans are vile and loathsome creatures who can do no good. It means that there is no privileged no-go area that sin doesn’t crash. There is no human act that is altogether uncompromised by self-interest.
  7. Sin is different from sins. Sins are individual acts of moral failure. Sin is an alien and enslaving power. Jesus conquers sin. He doesn’t just forgive sins.
  8. Sin is no Ugly Duckling. “Ugly as sin” misunderstands the problem. Sin is alluring and attractive. It promises things it can’t deliver.
  9. Sin is deceptive. Sin seems exciting, but it always turns out to be unoriginal, recycled, predictable, dead boring--the Same Old Thing.
  10. Known sin is forgiven sin. We only know ourselves as sinners in the light of forgiveness. True repentance does not lead to shame, guilt, and depression. True repentance is an act of sheer joy.

Adapted from http://www.faith-theology.com/2007/03/ten-propositions-on-sin.html

A Prayer of Confession

Most merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We are truly sorry and we humbly repent, for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. Amen.

An Assurance of Pardon

Hear the good news! Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us.

Friends, believe the good news of the gospel:

in Jesus Christ we are forgiven!