A confession based on the Decalogue

We currently preaching through the book of Exodus. For the sermon on Exodus 20 we wrote the following public confession based on the Ten Commandments as they are fulfilled in Christ together with an affirmation of forgiveness based on Romans 3.

Let confess together that we have broken God’s law
as it is fulfilled and embodied by God’s Son.

God said: You shall have no other gods before me.
Father, we confess that have made ourselves and other things more important than you.

You shall not make for yourself an image.
Father, we confess that we have tried to reduce you to a god we can control or manipulate.

You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God.
Father, we confess that we have not cherished your name as we should.

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.
Father, we confess that we have not found rest in Christ.

Honour your father and your mother.
Father, we confess that we have resented the authority you have given over us.

You shall not murder.
Father, we confess that we have entertained violent thoughts.

You shall not commit adultery.
Father, we confess that we have harboured lustful thoughts.

You shall not steal.
Father, we confess that we have nurtured grasping thoughts.

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour.
Father, we confess that we have deceived other people.

You shall not covet.
Father, we confess that we have not always been content with the life you have given us.

Therefore no-one will be declared righteous in God’s sight
by the works of the law.
But now a righteousness from God has been made known.
This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.

We have all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
But we are justified freely by his grace
through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Based on Exodus 20, Matthew 5 and Romans 3.


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