Part 1: Introduction For most of my teenage and adult life, the term “sin” made me think about pulpit pounding preachers and snooty church ladies wearing fancy clothes. Other than this vague connotation that I carried around in the back of my mind somewhere, I did not think about sin that much. I was not alwaysContinue reading “A Series on Sin (Complete Series)”
How should a Christian behave towards someone who is found in sin? Jesus says that we should treat others the way we want to be treated (Matthew 7). That sounds straight-forward enough, but things can become complicated by circumstance. I know what approach works for me. I appreciate a direct approach. I do not likeContinue reading “A Series on Sin Part 6: Treatment of Sinners”
There are different beliefs about a Christian’s capacity for sin. From what I have seen, there is a spectrum that ranges from helplessness to holiness. What I mean is on one end we find those who feel as if they are hopelessly sinful apart from the grace of God through the blood of Jesus. TheyContinue reading “A Series on Sin Part 5: Do Christians Sin?”
There is only one person who has walked this earth without sin: Jesus, the Son of God. We’ve probably heard this scripture before, but if not, then now is a good time to hear it: John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in himContinue reading “A Series on Sin Part 4: The Gospel”
When we go against the will of God—when we sin—we are doing things that destroy ourselves and others. For a person to understand the effects of sin, we must come to terms with the reality of our sinful natures. It seems that our culture is full of declarations of positive self-image. We tell ourselves thatContinue reading “A Series on Sin Part 3: The Effects of Sin”
What is sin? I think most of us have some idea of what sin means. We know that sin is something considered to be wicked or against the will of God. I was taught that the word sin means to “miss the mark.” If we miss this mark, then we are behaving in a mannerContinue reading “A Series on Sin Part 2: What is Sin?”
What is sin? How does sin affect our lives? How does the gospel relate to our sin? Can a Christian live a sinless life in this present world? How should a Christian treat sinners?