This is part three in a four-part series, “In the Beginning”. CLICK HERE for all sermons in this series.
God created man and they resided in the Garden of Eden. When the serpent appeared to the woman, man experienced temptation for the first time. When acted upon, temptation becomes sin.
SIN: KHATA (Hebrew) or HAMARTIA (Greek): Failure – to miss the mark
TRANSGRESSION: PESHA (Hebrew) or PARAPTOMA (Greek): Rebellion – the breaking of a treaty
INIQUITY: AVAH (Hebrew) or ANOMIA (Greek): Broken – bent and distorted
The Effects of Sin
Our sin is a gateway to other sins.
– APPLICATION: The enemy is not content with us sinning; he wants that sin to become a stronghold in our life.
Sin always leads us to feel shame.
– APPLICATION: The enemy wants us to fear being vulnerable, transparent, open, honest with God and with others.
Sin leads us to a works-based faith.
– APPLICATION: The enemy wants us to try to fix my sin problem ourselves instead of going to God for help.
Sin always leads us to guilt.
– APPLICATION: The enemy wants us to believe that we can never come back to God because we are not good enough to be loved by Him.
Sin always causes us to be fearful.
– APPLICATION: The enemy wants us to be scared of what God might do if we come back to Him.
Sin causes us to blame others.
– APPLICATION: The enemy wants us to point fingers at others and make excuses for our wrong actions.
Sin always causes pain.
– APPLICATION: The enemy wants us to experience things we never would have had to experience and to do things we never would have had to do.
Sin ultimately leads to death.
– APPLICATION: If the enemy cannot destroy God, then he wants to do everything we can to destroy His image bearers.
Response to Sin
God’s response to our sin was grace…
…our response to God’s grace determines the end result of our sin.
IGNORE: We can choose to ignore our need for God’s grace.
REJECT: We can choose to reject the offer of God’s grace.
ACCEPT: We can choose to accept the gift of God’s grace.