Seven deadly things about sin: or what you need to know if you are really going to revel in the gospel.
Adult and Student / 2018
At first blush, this might seem like a rather downbeat subject. But, I trust that it will be far from that. Our aim is to see the glory of the gospel more clearly than ever, to love God’s goodness in a new way and be refreshed in our struggles as we consider the true nature of the enemy within. I believe that often we don’t rejoice in Jesus as we might, because we don’t realise quite how enormous a thing it is that Jesus has defeated sin.
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Sin is rebellion and lawlessness
"Against you, you only, have I sinned." Fundamental to understanding the problem of sin, is recognising that sin is ultimately against God, it is relational (against him as a person) and regal (against his rights as king). This session will set the scene and help us to see some of the central biblical perspectives on sin.
Sin is death and de-creation
Sin brings us destruction by its consequences, not only legally, but in our nature. To reject the creative word of God is to cut off the basis of our own existence. We are distorted and marred by sin in a way that forgiveness alone cannot fix. Jesus paid the price for sin, he also made us new.
Sin is slavery and deception
Not only is sin fatal and destructive of our natures, it also renders us powerless to even begin to try to turn from it, because sin blinds us to the truth and binds us to our disobedience. At the conclusion of this session we will consider what it means that Jesus came to bring us back to reality and to set us free.
Sin is never a good
This seems obvious, but we often fear what we might lose when we let go of sinful habits or rule out sin as a coping/defence mechanism. We instinctively treat sin as though it has something to offer us. In this session we will examine our misconceptions and consider how we can learn to love what is truly good.