The Anatomy of Sin
Passage: James 1:13-18
Memory Verse for the Week: James 1:13-15 (ESV)
Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
Intro: How widely accepted do you believe the concept of “sin” is today?
WE HAD A GOOD BEGINNING
Why do we believe that God is the Lord and Giver of all good things?
THE POWER OF WARPED DESIRE
How are we deceived and vulnerable to turn away from our Maker?
ATONEMENT & TRANSFORMATION
How has Jesus redeemed us by His wisdom, love and power?
YOU CAN PRAY WITH US ...
1. Worship the LORD for His profound and total goodness as the Giver of all good things. Praise Him, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that in Him is no darkness, that He cannot be tempted and He tempts no one.
2. How have you lived as if God is to blame for your sins? Confess your folly and pride to Jesus, asking Him to forgive you AND transform your desires to be in line with His eternally good desires.
3. Give thanks to Jesus that by dying for us, He paid for our crimes. Thank Him also that He gives us new birth to reverse the instinct to want to commit them.
4. Who do you know that lacks any equipment for an enduring fight against temptation or sinful desires? Pray for them, asking the Lord to open their eyes to their peril and their need for Jesus to change what they can’t.
5. Ask the Holy Spirit to bear in you His fruit of love and goodness. Pray for His work to teach you the truth in Christ (vs. lies and temptations) and for His power daily to put desires to death and raise you to newness of life.
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