Summary: Three actions one needs to take in dealing with his own personal sins.

Title: Dealing With Sin

Three Actions You Need To Take

1 John 1:5 – 2:2

5 Now this is the gospel message we have heard from him and announce to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.

6 If we say we have fellowship with him and yet keep on walking in the darkness, we are lying and not practicing the truth.

7 But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

8 If we say we do not bear the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.

9 But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing us from all unrighteousness.

10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar and his word is not in us.

2:1 (My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin.) But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous One,

2:2 and he himself is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for our sins but also for the whole world.

I. Introduction

-- A) Imagine your most embarrassing situation

-- B) Imagine your most grievous sin

-- C) God is Light (v.5)

C.1) 100% pure and holy.

C.2) There’s no darkness in Him

C.3) Light always wins over darkness

1. Walk in the Light

-- A) Verses 6-7

-- B) Peripateoo – keep on walking

B.1) Make it a habit to daily walk in the Light

B.2) Claiming to have fellowship with God and walking in darkness is a contradiction – a lie.

B.3) We can have fellowship with one another, if we are walking in the Light.

-- C) We can have fellowship with one another, because of the (blood =) sacrifice of Jesus.

-- D) Habits of walking in the Light

D.1) Daily Prayer

D.2) Daily Reading of God’s Word

D.3) Consistent Fellowship

D.4) Tithing

2. Confess your sins

-- A) Verses 8-9

-- B) Homologeoo – keep on acknowledging

-- C) Make it a habit to daily confess your sins

-- D) Denying our sins

D.1) Deceiving ourselves

D.2) The truth is not in us.

-- E) Jesus is faithful

E.1) He is true

E.2) He will never leave you nor forsake you

-- F) Jesus is just

F.1) He is righteous

F.2) He already paid for your sins

3. Allow Jesus

-- A) Verses 10 – 2:2

-- B) Parakleto – “Someone who walks along side”

B.1) An advocate before the Father

B.2) Allow Jesus to speak for you

B.3) Jesus, the Righteous One

-- C) Hilasmos – “Someone who appease the wrath of a god”

C.1) A pleasing sacrifice for our sins

C.2) Allow Jesus to be the one who pleases the Father in your behalf

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