The Confession of Sin

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

A confession of sin is an act of repentance, motivated by faith and characterized by the expectation of forgiveness. Protestant traditions have rooted the confession of sin in the experience of Isaiah. When Isaiah saw the Lord seated on the throne (Isa. 6:17), his response was "Woe to me! I am ruined!" In the presence of God we see ourselves as sinners, confess our sin, and hear the Word of forgiveness. Thus the purpose of the confession is to rehearse our relationship to God.

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