Thursday, August 10, 2006

Sermon on the Mount and Prayer of Confession

On Sunday mornings I lead our church in a prayer of confession. This past Sunday we started working our way through the Sermon on the Mount as a guide for our corporate confession. We only did Matthew 5:3-6 and these are the sins we confessed:

We confess that:

We have demonstrated arrogance by thinking that we are rich in spirit and that we have goodness within ourselves. (v. 3)

We have not mourned with those who are hurting. Instead we have been caught up in our own lives and have not taken the time to weep with those who are weeping. (vs. 4)

We have been harsh and stinging in our conversations with others and in our demeanor. Instead of demonstrating the gentleness of Christ, we have demonstrated the bite of selfishness. (vs. 5)

We have hungered and thirst, but it has been for unrighteousness. We have longed for those things which You despise. (vs. 6)

Father, we thank you for the cross on which these, and the multitude of our other sins, have been forgiven. May Jesus Christ be exalted as our righteousness.

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