Why do we confess our sins at the beginning of church services every Sunday?
We confess our sins because we are unworthy to stand in God’s presence because of our sinfulness but God promises to forgive our sins when we confess them and trust in Jesus and His death on the cross for the sins of all people.
The Bible says:
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God….” Romans 3:23
“And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’” Luke 18:13
“I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.” Psalm 32:5
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:8-9
Why does the pastor tell us our sins are forgiven?
The pastor speaks God’s Word to us and tells us that our sins are forgiven because Jesus died on the cross for the sins of all people and rose again in victory. Because Jesus suffered the punishment for our sins, God is gracious and merciful and forgives the sins of all who trust in Jesus as their Savior.
The Bible says:
“Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures….” 1 Corinthians 15:3,4
“If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” 1 John 2:1-2
“In Him [Jesus] we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace….” Ephesians 1:7
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.