“THE TRUTH ABOUT SIN”
INTRO: This morning I’m beginning a series of messages on the theme, “The Truth About Sin.” What is your initial reaction to this theme? Why? I’m NOT going to be focusing on naming particular sins or trying to make you feel guilty, but rather focusing on understanding sin and what to do about it. What are your questions about sin? How do we find the answers to these questions?
I. ULTIMATELY THE TRUTH ABOUT SIN CAN ONLY BE FOUND IN THE BIBLE (John 17:17; 8:31-32)!
II. HOW TO APPROACH THE TRUTH
- In the context of Jesus’ grace (Jn. 1:14, 17).
- Leaving conviction of sin to the Holy Spirit (John 16:8; Eph. 4:15).
- Focusing more on your issues than the issues of others (Mt. 7:1-5).
III. DO YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW THE TRUTH ABOUT SIN?
- What if the truth contradicts what you believe and how you live?
- What if the truth calls for you to change?
- What if the truth about sin offends or contradicts our culture?
- Truth is truth regardless of whether or not we accept it!
- Rejecting truth doesn’t make it untrue!
- Rejecting truth doesn’t guarantee it won’t still affect us.
IV. THE BIBLE IS THE SOURCE OF MORAL TRUTH
- It’s the inspired, authoritative Word of God (1Thes. 2:13; 2Tim. 3:16-17).
- Profitable for doctrine – what to believe and how to live.
- Profitable for reproof – letting us know when we’re off course.
- Profitable for correction – getting us back on course.
- Profitable for instruction – keeping us on course.
- Profitable for bringing us to maturity & fruitful living/ministry.
- The evidence for the Bible’s inspiration.
- Fulfilled prophesy.
- Transformed lives.
- If we reject the inspiration & authority of the Bible, what will we use as our moral compass? It will likely become a moving target.
V. WHAT IS SIN?
- Webster: an offense against religious or moral law.
- Oxford: an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law.
- The Hebrew & Greek words for sin literally mean “to miss the mark” or target (Judges 20:16).
- Sin, then, is missing the target (or standard) for how God wants us to live.
- The target or standard that God has given us is not meant to keep us from having fun, but rather to help keep us safe and happy.
9 BIBLICAL DESCRIPTIONS OF SIN:
- Violating God’s law (1Jn. 3:4).
- Unrighteousness (1Jn. 5:17).
- Not doing the good you know you should do (James 4:17).
- Acting out of unbelief (Rom. 14:23).
- Violating God’s law in your imagination/attitudes (Matt. 5:27-28).
- Sins of presumption (Psalm 19:13).
- Sins of ignorance (Heb. 9:7).
- Unintentional sins [sin committed in ignorance] (Lev. 4:2, 27).
- Secret sins (Psalm 90:8).
CONCLUSION: What is the truth about sin? Do you really want to know? I hope you honestly and sincerely want to know the answers to this question, regardless of the degree to which it may confront our personal beliefs and lifestyle, and regardless of the degree to which the truth may be rejected by our culture.
Remember, rejecting the truth doesn’t make it untrue!
How do we find the answers to these questions? Ultimately, the truth about sin can only be found in the Bible (Jn. 17:17; 8:31-32). The Bible is the source of moral truth (2Tim. 3:16-17)!
What are we saying if we reject the inspiration and authority of the Bible?
As we continue to dig deeper regarding the truths about sin, let’s approach this subject with humility, love and not be judgmental (Prov. 10:12; 1Pet. 4:8).