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Sermons from Newport First Christian Church
Newport First Christian Church
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Total Sermons: 47
Total Amens: 3
This is the first message in a six-part series on friendship — not just regular friend, however, but "spiritual friendship," which is friendship in the context of being a follower of Jesus. The premise of the series is that friends are not just nice to have, but beneficial for us, for our walk with God, and for the advancement of the Gospel. God uses friendships to help make us more like Jesus.
Jesus' response to Peter's betrayal is the definitive illustration of how God ultimately responds to our sinfulness.
Sometimes we think that because of God's love and grace our sin is no big deal. After all, we're trying, right? Other times we seem to think that God's definition of sin is arbitrary, that he made up the rules just to make our lives difficult to keep us from having too much fun. Still other times, we seem to believe that since God is "in charge," then anything that goes wrong (including sin) is his fault. This message is an attempt to answer the questions, "Why is sin such a big deal to God? How does it hurt God when we sin?"
In this, the second in a four-part series of messages looking at sin, we're thinking about our reaction to being caught in or suddenly realizing our sin. We typically react to the uncovering of sin in our lives in one or two ways, but God has a better solution.
In this series (largely borrowed from James Emery White, who published it on PreachingToday.com) we're looking at out sinful selves. We know we're forgiven, but we also know we continue to sin. How should we understand this paradox? We're asking four questions and the first one is "Who am I when I sin?"