“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
“Confession should be a daily activity for the Christian, whose entire pilgrimage is characterized by the spirit of repentance. The principal reason why confession must be on a daily basis is because our sins against divine law are committed on a daily basis.” -R.C. Sproul
“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
“Confession is like a declaration of bankruptcy.” -R.C. Sproul
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