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Summary: Establish the FACT that ALL ARE SINNERS: by nature and by actions. We are all infected with the SAME DISEASE. Some infections are worse than others and sin is the worst infection of all.

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Today we are going to look at what has been called one of the most important theological ideas in all of Scripture.

A definite KEY to understanding the gospel. The heart of the argument to explain our need of forgiveness through Jesus Christ.

Establish the FACT that ALL ARE SINNERS: by nature and by actions.

We are all infected with the SAME DISEASE.

Some infections are worse than others and sin is the worst infection of all.

MILDRED and GEORGE: George was a new believer who had lived in sin for many years. Mildred, who was a mainstay in the church, one day saw George’s truck parked outside the only bar in their small community. She confronted George and told others of how awful this was and how he should be ashamed and concerned about what others might say and think. George was a quiet man. He listened and simply walked away. Early that evening George parked his old truck in front of Mildred’s house and left it there overnight. God bless George. Why do we seem to have more Mildred’s than George? Why are we better at seeing other’s sins than our own? We all are INFECTED.

Established that FAITH is the only solution. Works is not an option.

Justification(right standing) is only possible through faith placed upon the finished work of Jesus Christ.

We are going to see that sin is a problem for every person that has ever lived.

It was a part of who we were before we were ever born.

Ps 51: David said, ‘In sin my mother conceived me’

OUR DNA is Sin - Term we understand as ORIGINAL SIN.

A recent study by five psychologists suggests that today’s college students tend to have more self-centeredness issues than those in the past. From 1982 to 2006, 16,475 college students completed an evaluation called the Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI), a test that has been around for several decades. Narcissism is a term generally used to describe selfishness, conceit, or egotism, particularly in regard to how people relate socially. Those tested must give rated responses to such statements as, “If I ruled the world, it would be a better place,” “I think I am a special person,” and “I can live my life the way I want to.” Scores have been spiraling in recent years.

The study’s leading author, Professor Jean Twenge of San Diego State University, believes we’ve gone overboard in telling our children how special they are, when we should be showing them their responsibilities to others.

The study suggests that narcissists “are more likely to have romantic relationships that are short-lived, at risk for infidelity, lack emotional warmth, and to exhibit game-playing, dishonesty, and over-controlling and violent behaviors.” Also are more likely to cheat on tests. The researchers believe that the self-esteem movement, beginning in the 1980s, has something to do with this trend. As an example, Twenge points to a version of the song “Frère Jacques ” that is sung in some preschools now: I am special, I am special; Look at me, look at me! *


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