Thursday, January 22, 2015

Sunday Circles - The Progression of Sin

Sunday Circles
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Hymn: Amazing Grace
Memory Verse: Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.

Lesson: The Progression of Sin

Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of first principle

First Principle: The Error of Balaam
Scripture Reference: Jude 1:11 Woe to them! For they have gone in the way of Cain, have run greedily in the error of Balaam for profit, and perished in the rebellion of Korah.
An error can be a simple mistake or a blatant sin that leads us astray from the will of God.
Question: Have you ever made a mistake and later realized it was wrong?
Follow up Question: What should we do when we realize we have sinned?
Conclusion: Everyone makes mistakes and people often fall into sin. When we sin, we can recover ourselves quickly by confessing our sins to God and forsaking the error of our ways. However, if sin is left to run its course, it will become a way of life.   

Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of second principle

Second Principle: The Way of Balaam   
Scripture Reference: 2 Peter 2:15 They have forsaken the right way and gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Beor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness.
An error left unchecked can become a way of life.
Mistakes can become habits.
Question: Discuss the process whereby an error can become a way. 
Follow Up Question: What can we do to ensure our sin does not become a habit?
Conclusion: Sin, left to itself, does not get better but rather grows worse. When sin becomes a way of life, people begin to defend its right to exist in order to justify their way. Unrepentant sin will begin to govern and attempt to control thoughts, words, and actions of the individual. If not properly dealt with, a sin which has become a way will grow to be embraced as a doctrine of life.  

Pastor Ron’s remarks and intro of third principle

Third Principle: The Doctrine of Balaam
Scripture Reference: Revelation 2:14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.
Our doctrine is what we teach others to do either verbally or by our example.
Question: By what measure should we examine our doctrines?
Follow Up Question: What should we do if we find ourselves in the progression of sin?    
Conclusion: Unchecked, unchallenged, and unchanged Balaam ended up teaching the enemies of Israel how to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel. What we tolerate today will become the norm tomorrow and ultimately be taught in generations to come.

Pastor Ron’s closing remarks

·        Connect Cards; Offering and Prayer
·        Memory Verse

·        Pre-Praise & Worship Prayer will be in the Sanctuary Studio. Worship will begin in just a few minutes.