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Summary: This sermon traces the process of sin as seen through the matter of David and Bathsheba.

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Text: James 1:13-15

I. Lust

A. Comes in Different Forms (1 John 2:15,16)

B. Results in Temptation (James 1:14)

C. 2 Samuel 11:1, 2

II. Sin

A. Always Leads to More Sin

2 Samuel 11:4

o Lust -> adultery -> deceit -> causing drunkenness -> conspiracy -> murder

B. Always Has a Consequence

2 Samuel 11:5

C. Always Affects Others

2 Samuel 11:6 – 17 (esp. 17), 26

D. Always Hardens Your Heart

2 Samuel 11:18 – 25

o David’s attitude was "Oh well, that happens sometimes"

E. Always Results in Death (James 1:15)

• Uriah and other soldiers

• Uriah and Bathsheba’s relationship

• Baby

• Others in David’s family

III. Death

A. Romans 6:23a

B. Sin Has a Decaying Effect

• Reputation (boy who cried wolf)

• Mental state (guilt)

• Health (Joe DiMaggio’s liver destroyed because of drinking)

• Finances (Gambling, bankruptcy)

• Relationships (adultery, Laci Peterson murder)

C. Separation From God

• In this life (Isaiah 59:1, 2)

• In the next life (Revelation 20:11 – 15)


• There’s hope (Romans 6:23b)

2 Peter 3:9

• For the Christian (James 1:12)

• David sinned and he was a man after God’s own heart

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