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  • 1.  
  • 2. The Sin Problem
  • 3. Introduction
    • The gospel is God’s power to save man from the problem of Sin .
    • It is important to start with a study of the sin problem before we turn to the solution.
    • It is only against the background of man’s total sinfulness and depravity that the Gospel becomes attractive.
    • A true understanding of sin is the only sure way of destroying all confidence in self and turning to Christ as our only righteousness, hope and surety.
  • 4. Introduction
    • An Inadequate understanding of Sin will ultimately lead to an inadequate and incorrect understanding of Salvation!
  • 5. Who created man and for what purpose? Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Q1:
  • 6. What did God do after He formed man out of the dust of the ground? Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of live; and man became a living soul. The word life in this text is in the plural form in the original Hebrew Bible. God breathed into man “the breath of lives.” This is because God created all men in that one man. That man was called Adam, which means mankind. Q2:
  • 7. How was woman created, and with what material? Genesis 2:21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; (22) And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. Bible tells us that God created this world by “the word of His mouth,” except for man and woman. Adam (mankind) was formed by the hands of God out of the dust; and Eve, which means mother of all, was formed out of Adam’s rib. According to the Bible, the whole human race, of which we are all members, is the multiplication of Adam’s one life. ( Acts 17:26 ) Q3:
  • 8. What was Adam not allowed to eat after God placed him in the garden? Genesis 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: (17) But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Because God created man with a free will, He placed him under a law by which his loyalty to God could be tested. The penalty of failing this test was death, good-bye to life. Q4:
  • 9. Since all humanity was created in Adam, how many were affected by Adam’s sin ? Romns 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (13) (For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. (14) Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come. Q5:
  • 10. Since all humanity was created in Adam, how many were affected by Adam’s sin ? (Continue) Romns 5:12 When Adam sinned it implicated the whole world. Since the Fall took place before Adam had any children, the whole human race was in him when he sinned. While all of mankind suffer the consequences of Adam’s original sin, God does not hold the human race guilty of that sin. If Adam was destroyed the moment he transgressed, we certainly would not have existed. Q5:
  • 11. Although everyone was condemned to death because of Adam’s sin, how did God reverse humanity’s status ? Romans 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [the free gift came] upon all men unto justification of life. Justification (i.e., to be declared righteous) comes as a free gift from God because of the righteous act of one man—the perfect life and the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ. Because of what Christ did, the hope of salvation has been brought to all humanity. This is the good news of the gospel. Q6:
  • 12. As a result of the fall, how many are righteous or good in God’s eyes ? Romans 3:9 What then? are we better [than they]? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; (10) As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: (11) There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. The word “under” means to be ruled or dominated by. It was a term used to refer to slaves in Bible days. Just as a slave had no freedom but was ruled by his master, so also, all humanity is under sin, ruled by it. This is the universal sin problem and our only hope of deliverance is a Saviour. Q7:
  • 13. Because of the universal sin problem, how many stand guilty or condemned under God’s law ? Romans 3:19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. The whole world is considered guilty under God’s law Q10:
  • 14. How many have sinned and who is our only hope of salvation? Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; (24) Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: The Bible is clear. Mankind’s only hope of salvation is Jesus Christ. Q11:
  • 15. What does David say about himself, which is also true of all of us? Psalms 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Sin is a condition or state which we all inherit from birth. It is not just acts that we do, but it is who we have become because of Adam’s transgression. Our crooked sinful nature can only miss the mark of righteousness God and the law requires. Therefore, we can do nothing to escape it, in and of ourselves. However, this is not our fault and God does not blame us for being born sinners. Q12:
  • 16. What condition is ours from birth? Psalms 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. We are born separated from God. But although we may be wicked from birth, God has given us the choice to escape this problem through the gospel of Jesus Christ. Q13:
  • 17. Like sheep, in what condition do we find ourselves? Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. We are by nature self-centered. We go our own way from the moment we are born, but we also have hope because the Lord laid the iniquity of us all on Christ. 1: Wayward 2: Self-centered Q14:
  • 18. Why can we not trust our own hearts ? Jeremiah 17:9 The heart [is] deceitful above all [things], and desperately wicked: who can know it? Because we are naturally self-centered, our own hearts deceive us into believing we can save ourselves by our good works. But this is where many make a big mistake. A good example of this is the story of Peter’s betrayal of Jesus. Peter promised Jesus that he would die rather than betray Him, but when the test came he denied his Lord three times (see John 18:15-27). Q15:
  • 19. What does Jesus, the true witness, say regarding our own self-evaluation ? Revelation 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: The problem with most of us is that we do not know how sinful we are. Therefore, we do not realize our own deplorable condition. This is why God has to first convict us of our total sinfulness before He offers us the gift of salvation. Q16:
  • 20. What is the only thing that can truly set us free from our sin problem ? John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Q17:
  • 21. When we commit sin, even against our own wishes, what does it prove? John 8:32 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. Q18:
  • 22. Freedom from sin’s slavery is found only in whom? John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. Jesus is the only answer to our sin problem. Without Him we remain slaves to sin and the wages of sin is death (see Romans 6:23). Q19:
  • 23. Why did Jesus come into this world? 1 Tim 1:15 This [is] a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. Do you accept this fact? Note that even Paul, the great apostle, admits in the present tense, that he is the chief or the worst of sinners. Q20:
  • 24. What does the Bible have to say to those who claim “we have no sin”? 1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. Q21:
  • 25. Of what do we accuse God when we say we have not sinned? 1 John 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. The only reason God’s Word tells us that we are sinners is to show us our need of a Saviour. Once we recognize our total sinfulness, the gospel does become the best good news we have ever heard. Q22:
  • 26. What are two things God does for us if we confess our sins to Him? 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1. __Forgive us 2. __Cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Q23: