We were recently visitors at nearby Calvary PCA, and heard a sermon on Romans 10:5-13, the main theme of which is believing the truth of Christ in one’s heart and confessing it openly with one’s mouth:
“…If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, ‘Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.'”
The pastor quoted from the late James Montgomery Boice, who posits eight practical examples of how we can confess with our mouth. I thought they were very good, and I thought I’d share my abbreviated, paraphrased notes on them.
1. In attending public worship.
2. In partaking rightly in the sacraments.
3. In fellowshipping with God’s people.
4. In conducting business rightly.
5. In reaching out to others (Charles Spurgeon urged believers to go out of their way to do so, not just wait for opportunities to come to you).
6. In dealing with temptation (Joseph is a great example of confessing the Lord in the midst of temptation: by resisting temptation, we declare our allegiance).
7. In serving in the midst of trials (How do we react in trials? Is God our refuge and strength?).
8. In testifying to God’s glory in the hour of death.