Sunday, 09 October 2016

What SIN does to us

Lamentations 1:1-22

Pastor Jeremy Helmuth

The DESTRUCTIVENESS of SIN

Why did God allow Jerusalem to be destroyed?  We are given the answer five times in Lamentations 1 (verses 5, 8, 18, 20, 22).  The peoples’ sin brought a horrible reality into their life and the prophet Jeremiah described how everyone felt after they comprehended the consequences of their sin.    

  • Sin robs you of comfort
    • What will bring you COMFORT (Matthew 5:4)?
      • “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
  • Sin robs you of joy
    • What will bring you JOY (Psalm 30:5)?
      • Weeping may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning.”
  • Sin robs you of sleep.
    • What will bring you SLEEP (Psalm 4:8)?
      • “In peace I will lie down in sleep, for You make me dwell in safety.” 
  • Sin robs you of strength
    • What will bring you STRENGTH (Psalm 10:17)?
      • “You will strengthen the heart of the humble.”

Discussion Questions

Getting Started

1. Have you ever considered how sin has affected you?  Do you lie awake at night haunted by your past?  Is there a mistake that you are holding onto that has zapped you of energy?  No matter what good thing happens, you have a hard time enjoying life?  Are you in constant turmoil?  Share with the group a past struggle. 

Digging Deeper

2. Do you know of anyone who claims to follow God, but they are living in sin (1 John 1:6)?  What is your responsibility as their friend (Galatians 6:1; Matthew 18:15-17)?

3. Since you now know the destructive power of sin, it is equally important to know that sin can be forgiven by God.  What does it take to be free (1 John 1:9; Romans 3:23-24; Colossians 3:5; Psalm 23:6-7;  119:133; 1 Peter 2:24; Psalm 51:1-2; James 4:8)? 

4. Read Romans 8:1-2.  What does it mean that there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus?  Have you ever condemned yourself for past failures?  Do you truly believe that you are free from your past?  What must you do to make sure you are not haunted by the things you have done?  And if you are condemning others, what must you do to totally forgive someone?     

Applying the Bible

5. Pray through Psalm 139:23-24.  Follow this plan this week: Pray for God to search your heart for any sin.  Sit still for at least 15 minutes and listen to Him.  And when He shows you, pray for God to lead you in the way that is eternal.  And then listen to Him again.