Ravi Zacharias – “Jesus Christ did not come into the world to make bad people good.  He came to make dead people live.”

Giving people freedom of choice (free will) is the only creation scenario that God could have created where love is possible.

We all have the power to make our own choices, but we do not have the power to change the effects and consequences of those choices

Colossians 2:8-15 (NLT) – Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.  For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body.  So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.  When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure.  Christ performed a spiritual circumcision – the cutting away of your sinful nature.  For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized.  And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.  You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away.  Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.  He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.  In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities.  He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

Repentance is when we choose to listen to and obey the voice of the Father from our new life rather than listen and obey the voice of the world from our old life

Confession is to acknowledge that we have been living according to the same principles of the world that we lived in when we were dead in our sin

Confession is an expression of humility before God that places him back on the throne in your life

Confession is important to our processing because it contrasts the difference between the old life we lived where we were dead in our sin, and the new life that God offers us through Christ.

It is the conscious choice to bring things into the light rather than trying to hide them in the darkness – showing that we agree with the power of the Gospel over our own sin.

John 3:16-21 (NLT) – For this is how God loved the world:  He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.  God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him.  There is no judgement against anyone who believes in him.  But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son.  And the judgement is based on this fact:  God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than light, for their actions were evil.  All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed.  But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.”

John 6:29 (NIV) – Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he as sent.”

1 John 4:20 (NLT) – If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?

James 5:16 (NLT) – Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

2 Corinthians 5:18-19 (NLT) – And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ.  And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.  For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them.  And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.

1 John 1:9 (NLT) – But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.