Summary: The second sermon in a series dealing with the pitfalls of sin.
Twenty-one Reasons Not To Sin (Part 2)
I. Introduction (Recap of last week)
Praise the Lord!
Tonight I want to continue the series that we
started last week.
And for those of us who weren’t here I just want to
take a few moments to try to catch you up.
Last week we started a series called 21 reasons not to sin.
We only got through the first four last week
because I started preaching a little bit,
And when I was done I began to testify a little bit.
But it’s all good in the neighborhood. Amen?
That’s why we call this a series,
Because it can just go on and on and on.
Some of you like that because when I start to get
long winded you can just say save it for next week
Well if you haven’t figured it out yet, despite
popular opinion, I’ve been preaching on sin.
And last week my main focus was on what sin is
and what sin does!
And I ended up preaching on those two things for
so long that I only got to share about four of the
twenty one reasons not to sin.
But that’s okay because we’re going to get right into
it here in the next few minutes,
But first I want to go over what we covered last
We read in scripture that....
1Jn 3:4 says...sin is the transgression of the law.
And that to transgress means to cross the line.
So everytime we sin against God we trespass
against His will. Amen?
We covered the fact that we’re all born into sin (Psa 51:5),
And initially that sin acts as a wedge separating us
from God (Isaiah 59:2).
And as we grow older that separation becomes a
canyon ever widening (Romans 3:23),
And that the canyon is symbolic of falling short.
And without Jesus we will continue to fall short
until our sin eventually brings about death
(Romans 6:23). Amen?
Now that was not the first four reasons not to sin,
but that was simply what sin is and what sin does
in a nut shell. Amen?
But before I get into the rest of the message tonight
let’s read what Paul had to say about sin.
II. The Law of Sin...
Romans 7:15-24 (New Living Translation)
15 I don’t understand myself at all, for I really want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate. 6 I know perfectly well that what I am doing is wrong, and my bad conscience shows that I agree that the law is good. 17 But I can’t help myself, because it is sin inside me that makes me do these evil things.18 I know I am rotten through and through so far as my old sinful nature is concerned. No matter which way I turn, I can’t make myself do right. I want to, but I can’t. 19 When I want to do good, I don’t. And when I try not to do wrong, I do it anyway. 20 But if I am doing what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing it; the sin within me is doing it.21 It seems to be a fact of life that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another law at work within me that is at war with my mind. This law wins the fight and makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin?