Why We Confess Corporate (Not Just Individual) Sins

In the liturgy, the church often confesses the sins of the whole body of Christ and not merely our own individual, personal sins.  But this seems odd to many people raised in the highly individualistic culture of the United States.  If you have ever wondered whether or not it is right for you to confess the sins of other Christians, see this excellent essay by pastor Ed Eubanks for a thoroughly biblical answer:  The Confession of Corporate Sins: Collective Ownership of Others’ Sins.

 

Celebrating Advent and Christmas

The seasons of the church calendar are designed to help us remember and live faithfully according to the story of Jesus’ life and his work for our salvation in fulfillment of God’s mission for the people of Israel and his plan for the whole world.  In other words, the church calendar helps us order our worship and life together as a church around the whole story of the good news (gospel) of Jesus.

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Worship Makes Disciples

What is the connection between corporate worship on Sundays and daily life on Monday through Saturday?  Scott Aniol, a professor of worship at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, offers reflections on the way the liturgy of Sunday forms us (or ought to form us) to be faithful followers of Jesus in every aspect of our lives.  See his paper “Practice Makes Perfect: How Corporate Worship Forms Disciples.”