Shame Culture | Forgive Us Our Debts

Sermon from CCM:City Centre


This sermon was preached by Tom O’Toole at the CCM:City Centre site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 13th October 2019.



This message was part of the ‘SERIES NAME’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Fallowfield in EARLY/MID/LATE YEAR. The full series included the following sermons:


This sermon was based on Matthew 6:9-13

The Lord’s Prayer

9Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,
12 and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.



Shame Culture

The difficulty is that it is a response to WRONG

A Better Way

“Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.”


Being Forgiven

Asking God to be forgiven

We are recognising that we need to be forgiven

  • It is clear that the world isn’t right – and yet it starts with a recognition that we are on the wrong side of it.
  • Sin – “Sin is any lack of conformity to the moral character of God.” – We are sinful by nature and also by choice.
  • Psalm 51:3-4 – “For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight…”

We are asking God to forgive that sin

  • This happens through the cross – the great exchange
  • “As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12)
  • “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51:7)


Being a Forgiver 

This is where we can kill shame culture.

The Lord’s Prayer

This is a subversive prayer. We pray it in a shame culture that revels in taking every misstep and wrong and holding it out publicly to destroy the person. As we pray this prayer, we declare that forgiveness is possible, that our sins and mistakes aren’t what defines us and that there is a grace and forgiveness to be found that can right every wrong that we have committed and release every wrong committed against us.



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