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    Default Corporate Confession of Sin

    Does your church practice public corporate confession as part of the service? Many churches have put aside the corporate confession in favor of only music but the church has historically made the corporate confession central to worship. In some churches it is done before the congregational greeting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Covenant Brother View Post
    Does your church practice public corporate confession as part of the service? Many churches have put aside the corporate confession in favor of only music but the church has historically made the corporate confession central to worship. In some churches it is done before the congregational greeting.
    It is part of our regular worship service, along with a confession of faith. After the corporate confession there is a Scripture read dealing with assurance of God's love and forgiveness.

    This was something new to me when I started attending the PCA. Unless my faulty memory has forgotten, I do not remember ever doing it in any of the fundamental churches (Baptist, Methodist, or Independent) I attended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwinger61 View Post
    It is part of our regular worship service, along with a confession of faith. After the corporate confession there is a Scripture read dealing with assurance of God's love and forgiveness.
    This was something new to me when I started attending the PCA. Unless my faulty memory has forgotten, I do not remember ever doing it in any of the fundamental churches (Baptist, Methodist, or Independent) I attended.
    The last church I pastored did not want a confession of faith let alone a confession of sin. The reason is always: 'It sounds Catholic'. The absense of corporate confession is something I have never gotten used to in evangelical/fundamentalist churches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Covenant Brother View Post
    Does your church practice public corporate confession as part of the service? Many churches have put aside the corporate confession in favor of only music but the church has historically made the corporate confession central to worship. In some churches it is done before the congregational greeting.
    The church has done many things historically. What I would be interested in knowing is what does the Bible say about it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad Fletcher View Post
    The church has done many things historically. What I would be interested in knowing is what does the Bible say about it?
    One of those historical things is the invitation bench.
    I'll have to look it up (later, my time here this morning is almost done), but I think the pratice dates back to Jewish Synagogue worship.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad Fletcher View Post
    The church has done many things historically. What I would be interested in knowing is what does the Bible say about it?
    One example among many is Nehemiah 9. There are many others throughout the OT, which is viewed as an example for the NT church. If one holds to the continuity between the testaments, it is not a problem.

    Here are my thoughts on it - we are all horrible sinners, as all children of God will agree. What happens when the bunch of us horrible sinners approach God and presume to enter into his presence? As it was with the Israelites, so it should be with us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Covenant Brother View Post
    Does your church practice public corporate confession as part of the service? Many churches have put aside the corporate confession in favor of only music but the church has historically made the corporate confession central to worship. In some churches it is done before the congregational greeting.
    Please explain corporate confession of sin!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Covenant Brother View Post
    Does your church practice public corporate confession as part of the service? Many churches have put aside the corporate confession in favor of only music but the church has historically made the corporate confession central to worship. In some churches it is done before the congregational greeting.

    Yes, we often confess our sin aloud in the public worship service in some liturgical form of confession. For example:


    REMEMBERING OUR SIN AND GOD'S GREAT FORGIVENESS THROUGH JESUS CHRIST
    SING: "I Lay My Sins on Jesus"
    (Horatius Bonar 1843; Adapted by David Ward 2005. CCLI #682269)

    PRAYER OF CONFESSION
    READER: The proof of God's amazing love is this: While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. In faith and penitence, let us confess our sin before God and one another.
    ALL: Almighty & Merciful God, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed the devices and desires of our own hearts. We have offended against your holy laws. We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things we ought not to have done.
    O Lord, have mercy upon us. Spare those who confess their faults and turn to you. Restore those who are penitent, according to your promises declared to the world in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O merciful God, for his sake, that we may live holy, just, and humble lives to the glory of your holy name. Through Christ our Lord we pray. Amen.
    READER: Brothers and Sisters, this is the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ: God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish, but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. -John 3:16-17
    ALL: In Christ, through Christ, for the glory of God in Christ- we are forgiven!

    PUBLIC SCRIPTURE READING: Psalm 130

    SING: "Redeemed How I Love to Proclaim it" #531 (The Baptist Hymnal)
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    Quote Originally Posted by m2brazil View Post
    Please explain corporate confession of sin!
    When we together as a congregation pray a prayer of confession, then approach God in silent confession of sin.
    We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwinger61 View Post
    When we together as a congregation pray a prayer of confession, then approach God in silent confession of sin.

    The only time that I can think of when Baptists do this is right before the "Lords supper".

    Usually Baptists in general frown upon this because we are supposed to be fessed up before we come to church. It is also like you are admitting to have not had personal devotions or time with God that morning.


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