By this point in our worship, we have declared in both word and song many of the wonderful attributes and works of God. In such a context, reflection upon one’s own character is inevitable. Therefore, we include a Public Confession, which is a corporate acknowledgement of a plain truth: although we are redeemed, in this life we continue to sin. This Confession is necessitated, as noted, by the obvious contrast to be observed between God’s holy nature, declared in various ways previously, and our conduct, which daily contradicts His law. Moreover, this Confession of Sin reminds us of our duty to live in a manner which brings honor to God. The Public Confession, then, is also an affirmation regarding the status of the Word of God as our rule for faith and conduct.