Intro & Point One: Sin should not be talked about
1. Why do you think people avoid talking about sin?
2. Read 1 Timothy 1:15. What was the ultimate reason Jesus came into the world?
3. How does talking about sin display Jesus as glorious and beautiful?
Point Two: There are no consequences for sin
1. Do you usually tend to view your sin as horizontal (offending man) or as vertical (offending God)?
2. Read Romans 5:6-10. According to these verses, what is the impact of sin on the unbeliever?
3. Read Romans 6:23 and Revelation 20:11-15, 21:5-8. What is the consequence of sin? How is this described in the Book of Revelation? Do you think this is fair? Why or why not?
Point Three: Sin is only external
- Read Jeremiah 17:9. Have you ever heard someone say, “He/She has a good heart”? Why is this a faulty statement?
- Read Psalm 51:5 and Romans 5:12-21. What do these verses say about us?
Point Four: Sin is not universal
- Be Honest. Do you sometimes view yourself as a good person OR better than others, because you don’t commit the “Big” sins (murder, adultery, etc.)?
- Read Romans 3:9-12. What do these verses say about universal sin?
- What is the difference between “relative” and “absolute” goodness?
Point Five: Sin can be overcome
- Read Isaiah 64:6. Why is it wrong to try to overcome sin by good works? What does God think of the good works of an unbeliever?
- Describe a time that you tried to earn forgiveness or overcome the guilt of sin by doing something (good works)? Why is this an insult to God?
Point Six: Sin is only breaking the 10 Commandments
1. How is sin more than just breaking the Ten Commandments?
2. Read Ephesians 2:1-3. What are the specific terms used to describe the unbeliever?
3. Read Ephesians 1:3-14. How does the analogy of the “diamond against a black backdrop” relate to Jesus Christ and sin?