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Sin/Darkness


This study defines sin and shows how sin separates us from God.

1 Peter 2:9-10

God calls all of us out of the dark and into the light. We have to be lost before we are saved. Every person is either in the darkness or the light. There is no dusk or shadows.

Isaiah 59:1-2

Our sin separates us from God. In order for a man to have a relationship with God the wall must be broken down – sin must be forgiven.

Romans 3:23

Everyone has sinned and fallen short. The definition of “sin” means “to miss the mark.”
Who is further away from God? No one. Everyone is equal; everyone is lost. A good moral life won’t save you. Only the grace of God will save you through faith in the blood of Jesus.

Galatians 5:19-21 (Sins of Commission)

Sinful deeds are obvious. We need to take our sin seriously. Those who live in unrepentant sin will not go to heaven.

  • Sexual immorality (any sex outside of marriage: adultery, premarital sex, homosexuality, masturbation)
  • Impurity (fantasies, lust, pornography, provocative dressing, flirting, sensual touching,..)
  • Debauchery (an overindulgence in something to get our pleasure, peace, comfort or escape. i.e. sleeping, TV, internet, smoking, overeating,..)
  • Idolatry (anything that we put before God; i.e. work, school, grades, money, relationships,..)
  • Witchcraft (horoscopes, tarot cards, Ouija boards,..)
  • Hatred (an absence of love, lack of forgiveness, grudges,..)
  • Discord (anything that tears apart the unity of a group: gossip, slander,..)
  • Jealousy (being afraid someone is going to take what you have)
  • Fits of rage (internal/ external, verbal/physical)
  • Selfish ambition (self seeking)
  • Dissensions (being a part of a clique – looking down on others)
  • Factions (a small dissenting group within a larger one)
  • Envy (wanting what someone else has, lack of contentment)
  • Drunkenness (drinking too much to act like a disciple)
  • Orgies (wild parties where people go to sin; group sin)
  • The like

Mark 7:21-22

We are responsible for our sin. It comes from our own hearts. It is our responsibility – despite upbringing, environment, genes or social pressure.

James 4:17 (Sins of Omission)

Sin isn’t just what we do that is not good. It is also the good that we know we should do and choose not to.

Ephesians 5:3-5 (extra passage)

Not even a hint – not only the action is condemned, but even the very appearance of evil.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 (extra passage)

This is a good one for religious people who appear to be good by their actions but have secret sin within their heart.

Suggest to the person studying that they write a list of their personal sin that separates them from God. Encourage them to be specific about their sins so they might see the gravity and magnitude of their sin.