In Bonhoeffer’s 5th chapter, Confession and Communion, he details the importance of the two as they relate to the community.
He begins with a verse, James 5:16, “Confess your faults one to another.” As short and simple as this verse is, we often neglect it.
In our world, while we appreciate the community, I have found that it is far too easy to be the lone wolf. Social media, entertainment, and technology allow us to consume our time with the community. However, when we do indulge in a community, we are not prepared to reap its full benefits.
Confession is one benefit of a community that we often overlook. We have brothers and sisters in Christ all around us that we can form small groups with to hold ourselves accountable. When we slip up, these groups can help us get back on the right track.
As we go forward, we should cherish the importance of community, specifically confession, as we seek to build groups around us that build us up, rather than spending all our time alone.
Hebrews 10:24–25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”
We should point to biblical encouragement like this so that we can see that we truly belong in communities to move us forward in our Christian experience.