1. A Hard Look at Sin: Answers to 5 crucial questions about sin
What is sin? 1 Peter 1:16, Jeremiah 2:12-13, Romans 1:25
Where does sin come from? Psalm 37:4, James 1:14, 2 Peter 1:9
Why is sin so appealing? Romans 8:5
Why is sin so offensive to God?
Why do we need to kill it? 1 John 3:9, John 8:34
Sin happens when we are not satisfied with God and we turn from him to other things, called idols, and try to use them to satisfy our desires.
Salvation, then, is not a mere decision to believe a fact; it is a work of God that opens your heart to treasure all that God is for us in Jesus above all else.
2. Asceticism: Kill Sin the Wrong Way (Colossians 2:23)
3. Killing Sin the Right Way– By the Spirit (Romans 8:13) What does by the Spirit mean?
a. Romans 8:5– those who live by the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
b. 1 Corinthians 2:13– the things of the Spirit are the words of the apostles, contained in the New Testament letters, in which Jesus affirms the Old Testament as inspired.
c. Ephesians 6:17– the word of God is the sword of the Spirit. The only offensive weapon mentioned in the “Armor of God’ chapter.
4. How Does the Word of God Kill Sin?
a. Galatians 3:5– the Spirit of God does miracles in people’s lives when they hear with faith.
b. Hear what with faith? The promises of God. 2 Peter 1:3-4–the promises of God enable us to participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world.
5. The Practical Use of This Truth
a. Verse memorization to fight sin.