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From the Confessions: The Defense of the Augsburg Confession
They approve the first part the twelfth article where we explain that those who have fallen after baptism may obtain forgiveness of sins at whatever time, and as often as, they are converted. They condemn the second part, in which we say that the parts of repentance are contrition and faith. They deny that faith is the second part of repentance.
Pulling It Together
God creates clean hearts within us. This happens when we are first, stricken in our consciences, and then, have faith that God will forgive us and make us righteous for Christ’s sake. We are not penitent, but then left wanting for righteousness. We confess that God upholds us and restores to us the joy of salvation. Therefore, we do not busy ourselves with earning favor with God through acts of righteousness. Rather, God forgives us and renews righteous spirits in us. We believe that he does this because of what Christ Jesus has done for us, not because of what we do for him. This requires nothing less than faith.
Prayer: I will declare your praise, O Lord, for you have delivered me from all my iniquities. Amen.
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Dwell In My Love! - Word of Life Series (Unit 3) is a resource for those looking to develop small groups built around the Word of God. This model of small-group ministry is an excellent tool for evangelism since it is rooted in prayer and Scripture. Its primary focus is to empower those who believe in Jesus Christ to be comfortable sharing their faith and inviting others to experience a transformed life in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Meant for use in Small Group gathering, each of the six sessions is based on a primary Scripture text, with intentional time for reflection. There are questions, prayer, faith sharing, and mini evangelism case-studies. The series would be helpful for those involved in starting a Bible study fellowship, house church, or mission congregation. It can also be used by established congregations to aid in establishing a small group ministry.