The Cross Makes It Possible To Confess Our Sins

“On the cross Christ paid the debt for every selfish desire, thought, word, or deed to which you will ever give yourself. You no longer have to be afraid to own up to your selfishness. You do not have to whitewash your thoughts and motives. You do not have to cover your sin by blaming others or by self-atoning logic. You do not have to give yourself to acts of penance (self-atonement) that make you feel better about yourself. You do not have to search for biblical passages that will give ease to your conscience. No, your debt has been fully paid. Your punishment has been borne by Another. There is One who has taken your place and been condemned instead of you. Paul says, “He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2: 13b— 14). As God’s child, you have been forgiven for every act of self-focused independence and rebellion. You have been freed from the debt of your every failure to love God above all else and your neighbor as yourself. You no longer need to live in hiding. Forgiving grace welcomes you out of the darkness to lift the burden of refusal, guilt, fear, and shame off of your shoulders. You have been invited to confess and receive the forgiveness that is yours.” -Paul Tripp

The Difference between Attrition and Contrition

“We can distinguish between two kinds of repentance: attrition and contrition. Attrition is counterfeit repentance, which never qualifies us for forgiveness. It is like the repentance of a child who is caught in the act of disobeying his mother and cries out, ‘Mommy, Mommy, I’m sorry, please don’t spank me.’ Attrition is repentance motivated strictly by a fear of punishment. The sinner confesses his sin to God, not out of genuine remorse but out of a desire to secure a ticket out of hell. True repentance reflects contrition, a godly remorse for offending God. Here the sinner mourns his sin, not for the loss of reward or for the threat of judgment, but because he has done injury to the honor of God.” -R.C. Sproul

God Doesn’t Play Games, We Do

“Please don’t think that God is playing games with you. ‘I see sin in your life; now you are going to have to guess what it is.’ If games are being played, we are the players. We are the ones who avoid the light. Seeing sin does not demand unusual intelligence or insight, it just takes a willing heart.” -Ed Welch, Running Scared

Prayer of Confession, Using Scripture Theme of the Pleasures of Sin

We often use corporate confessions of sin at my church. It is a meaningful way by which we as God’s people vocally confess our indwelling sin and continuing need for the grace and righteous of Christ. The challenge, though, is to find good corporate confessions to use.

The other challenge is to find corporate confessions that blend well with the sermon theme. (I like to use a covenant renewal structure for our worship service, but also to run that through the filter of whatever the sermon is about). Anyway, here is my attempt at a corporate confession related to the theme of the ‘pleasures’ of sin. Continue reading