In preparation, I would like to offer for our group the prayer of Ephesians 1 and 2:
"I ask the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, that He may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe. And, I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."
As we approach the topic of confession, I would share with you that I regard this moment to be the entry to an incredibly sacred point in our journey. Carefully begin the reading with the idea of coming to a reverent, holy place. Simply read both narratives; Miller first, then, Foster. Take it in fully; then, come back to finish considering what you will journal. . . . (In other words, our objective is to read without looking for answers. Your heart and life experiences will give you the answers without a need to know the questions! Give it a try! Come back after you've completed the reading.)
1. Briefly describe your primary impression of the material from both authors. Share from both authors which comment/section was most meaningful to you?
2. In your experience and observation, do we truly offer, during worship services through prayer, the opportunity to confess sin?
3. Use the approach that Foster advised of practicing confession (detailed in the section "Diary of a Confession"). After you have recorded what God reveals to you, bring your list in a sealed envelope to class.