Avoiding the Sin Word

Avoiding the Sin Word

Our society avoids the word. But so do many ordinary Christians.


How do we deal with wrongdoing? We put criminals in prison, picket abortion clinics, and generally shake our heads at what we call the "ills of society." But have we forgotten that those ills are caused by people-by us? What has happened to the concept of sin? Why do we neglect to acknowledge our own personal faults? This study will examine these questions.

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Genesis 3:6-13; Psalm 14:2-3; Isaiah 29:15-16; Hosea 4:1-3, 7:10-16, 11:1-7, 14:1-7; Micah 2:1-7; Matthew 7:21-23, 23:1-4; Romans 3:9-19, 23; 1 John 1:8-10, 4:15-18


• The Issue

Sample questions:

For what reasons has the concept of sin changed in our society?

Why might Christians especially find it difficult to admit their sins?

• The Scriptures

Sample Scriptures:

Genesis 3:6-13: Why does sin always involve fear?

1 John 4:15-18: What is God's attitude toward those who believe in him?

• The Application

Sample application questions:

How might your patterns of sin reflect your life situation?

How might you change your view of God and your approach to obedience?


Sin, by Philip Yancey (March 1987, 7 printed pages)

Total number of pages - 14

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