Mark #29: Jesus and Sin
We are not sinners because we sin, we sin because we are sinners. In this sermon Pastor Byron teaches us about the deadly effects of sin and the human condition from the very words of Jesus himself. By nature, we are sinners, but through repentance, Jesus is a savior. Instead of focusing on what we must do (religion), focus on what Jesus has done. (relationship)
SCRIPTURE FOR THE WEEK:
BEFORE YOU GET STARTED:
Take 5 minutes to silently read over the section of scripture to gather insight, questions, or discussion with the group before answering the questions.
1. Jesus’ parable in verse 14 is often misinterpreted as an excuse for abusing our Christian liberty. What is the true meaning according to this text? (read verse 18-19)
2. Do you think people “listen and understand” when it comes to Jesus’ teaching over sin? Explain the differing view of Jesus in the Bible vs Jesus in modern culture.
3. How does Jesus’ teachings on sin (internal) differ from other religions teaching of sin? (external)
4. Does it shock you that Jesus gives a long list of specific sins? Which one in this list stands out to you the most?
5. If sin is not what we do, but who we are? How are we able to overcome it? Tell your story of how Jesus made you a new person and how the Holy Spirit has set you free from sin, to live a new life.
This week your challenge to take time to get alone with God for one full hour. During this time have no phone, computer, or distractions. Invite the Holy Spirit to search your heart and reveal any areas of hidden or unrepentant sin that you have. Respond by surrendering that to the Lord. Share your experience next week over dinner.