We would all agree that there are somethings that are just wrong! None of uswould hesitate to condemn their actions andgladly proclaim that these infamous mendeserved to be punished. Now tell me aboutthese people?
It does us no good to sit here and onlydiscuss how wicked everyone else is. Weneed to look at what God says about all sin,not just the really “bad ones”. We‟ll look atthe standard he expects in order to show theall pervasive and appalling effects of sin oneach of us. Our focus will be to answerthese questions:Me? Bad?
• Where does sin come from?• Does God hold us accountable for the way we are?• How badly does sin affect me and my relationship to God?Lesson Goals
Let‟s look at where sin came from and whenit started. We turn to Genesis chapter three.God has just created the world and nowSatan in the form of a serpent comes to thefirst people, Adam and Eve, in order to getthem to disobey God.In the beginning…
Now the serpent was more crafty than any of thewild animals the LORD God had made. He said tothe woman, “Did God really say, „You must not eatfrom any tree in the garden‟?”The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruitfrom the trees in the garden, but God did say, „Youmust not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middleof the garden, and you must not touch it, or youwill die.‟ ”Gen 3:1-8
4 “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”Genesis 3:1-8
6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.Genesis 3:1-8
Answer these two questions:• Where does sin come from?• Where does sin not come from?Sin
Sin came into this world when Adam andEve disobeyed God. They sinned. God didnot bring sin into this world. Adam and Evelistened to the devil rather than God.They sinned
Just as Adam and Eve were responsiblefor their own sins, so too are we. Ifwe‟re going to accept the effects of sin,we need to be able to accept theresponsibility of blameWe sin
Then he will say to those on hisleft, “Depart from me, you whoare cursed, into the eternal fireprepared for the devil and hisangels.”Matthew 25:41
“Is there any wiggle room? What aboutall the times I am good and help others?Doesn‟t that count for anything? Whatabout all the people that are worsesinners than me? Surely I am not in thesame boat as them?”Surely I don’t deserve hell?
for all have sinned andfall short of the glory of GodRomans 3:23
But do not despair!Look at what Jesussays…Hope
“It is not the healthy whoneed a doctor, but the sick. Ihave not come to call therighteous, but sinners.”Mark 2:17
Jesus came to save sinners like youand me. He did so by dying on thecross and forgiving our sins.Through his blood are relationshipwith God is restored.Forgiveness of Sins
Take a look at one last Bibeverse comparing our sin weinherited from Adam to theperfection we find in Jesus:
For if, by the trespass of the one man, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive God‟s abundant provision of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ!Romans 5:17