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With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the gangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.  With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.  This will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning:  My country, ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing:  Land where my fathers died, land of the pilgrims’ pride, from every mountainside let freedom ring!
--Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his I Have a Dream speech,
August 28, 1963


James 5:16 Relationship

James 5:15-16

 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. NIV

The power of a James 5:16 relationship

All of us need accountability and help in our relationships.  The James 5:16 relationship helps us as we continue our journey to wholeness.  There usually aren't any quick fixes, magic formulas or instant healing when we are dealing with these areas.   We have to walk it out, stay in the process and allow God to use others to bring healing to us.  Jesus, after his resurrection revealed in his dealing with Peter, a powerful principle of accountability and confession.  Peter had denied Jesus three times before a coal fire.  Now here was Jesus the one he had denied before a coal fire.   By the time Jesus had finished his questions, Peter was healed and restored.  With a simple "Peter do you love me" the pain of that night of betrayal was brought before Peter.  By the last question "Peter do you love me" Peter broke and the pain of that night was released.  I have heard this preached from the point of the two Greek works for love, but what about the fact that Peter had denied Jesus 3 times, now before Jesus he has the opportunity to confess Him 3 times.  Powerful healing for the pain Peter carried since that night.

Suggestions for a proper James 5:16 relationship

Person acting as Priest

  1. Hold everything that is confessed in confidence.
  2. John 20:23 If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven." NIV. When someone confesses their sin they need to hear they are forgiven.
  3. Listen until the person finishes then pray for the wound, and remit the sin

Person receiving

  1. Don't make excuses or rationalization simply confess your sin.
  2. Receive from the person praying as if you were receiving from Jesus.

Group Guidelines

  1. We accept people where they are and love them
  2. We do not encourage cross counseling between the group members. Your group leaders have been trained to minister to the needs of the people, please allow them to do so.
  3. Please feel free to share your heart in-group, but please be mindful of the time and that there are others who need time to share.
  4. If you do not wish to share please feel free to just "pass".
  5. It is not the purpose of the group to analyze, advise, control or fix, but to minister love and acceptance.
  6. Please hold in confidence all that is shared in the group.