Thursday, January 8, 2009


*This is my youth group's lesson from our first week of "First Things First" bible study**

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God!”

–Romans 3:23

What is Sin?

*In the beginning, God created the universe and everything in it. He created it so that everything was good. He designed it to operate according to His laws. (Genesis 1)

*Many of us are familiar with the fall of man.. Adam and Eve disobeyed God by eating the fruit. After that, God’s perfect creation wasn’t perfect anymore and his creations (us) would never be the same! (Genesis 3)

*Since then, the world has been plagued with pain, suffering, sorrow, and death; none of which are from God. Every human being is born into sin.

Sin= The tendencies to revel against God’s law.

Sin= Doing as you please (Isaiah 53:6)

Sin= Failing to do the things that we ought to do (James 4:17)

Sin= Failing to recognize God (Romans 1:18-21)

Sin= Failing to obey the Ten commandments and the laws of the land (Matthew 5: 21, 22, 27, 28)

Sin is never a private matter because if affects families (divorce, broken relationships), society (crime, injustice), and earthly matters (pollution, waste).

Sin is rooted in selfishness and pride.

Big Deal. We Mess Up, So what?!

* Sin is not a small or laughing matter. It’s not “Breaking the Rules”. Simply, it’s life or death. You never know when it’s your time to go!

* To sin is to set oneself in opposition to God and to go against the very foundations of the earth. We rebel against the one who created us!

* For some, this is a harder concept to believe, but we are not in complete control of our lives when we belive. And to sin is to defy God (think similar to parents) and it’s an act to try and take God off His throne and take His place.

So what Happens when we sin?

*We are all guilty and have no excuse (Ephesians 2:1-3

*Hell is the place God set aside for those who refuse to obey Him and submit to His authority. It is also called the burning lake of fire.

*God warned Adam & Eve that sinning would result in spiritual death and they did it anyway. There actions affect every person in the world. Spiritual death means you can neither see nor please God.

*God created us to have a relationship, commune, and get to know Him. But we cannot do that if we have sin in our lives. Sin separates us from God.

*Sin robs us from freedom and puts us in bondage (John 8:34)

*To live in sin traps us, we cannot free ourselves from its power and we’re unable to decide right from wrong.

Help! How do we fix it?

You cannot fix it. You cannot change the past. Sin is unremovable. WE cannot do anything. We need help.

Do We Need Superman?

Not quite. But God is the only one who can help us! 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ took our punishment for us when he died on the cross. Though he was (and still is today) divine, perfect, sinless, innocent, and rightrous; He took our punishment as a mortal man. *He was punished in our place (Isaiah 53:4-6)

*After 3 days, he raised from the dead in victory over satan. He broke the chains and bondage that held us captives to our sins. (Acts 2:24)

*God didn’t do anything wrong yet, he sent His only son to cover our butts! (john 3:16) and make it so we can have a relationship with Him again.

*He came to earth as a man to die for us and bring us back to him (1 Corinthians 5:18-21

*His ressurection proved and sealed his defeat of sin and it’s penalty.. death!

Amazing Grace!

We’re saved by God’s grace. We’re not saved because we’re worthy, deserving, it’s not our divine right, and we surely didn’t earn it. It’s free. He is savior and He alone saves! (Ephesians 7:8-9)

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