By Ron

acceptable-sins-blog2rs-jerry-bridges1Back in October 2008, we started a series in the Among Friends ABF called “ACCEPTABLE SINS”, based in large part on Jerry Bridges book, Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate.

 

The series has looks at how accustom we’ve become to sin in our day-to-day lives. In our introduction we examined how the concept of sin has virtually disappeared from our society, or at the very least, has been softened as to not offend our modern sensibilities. “Adultery” becomes an “affair” – corporate executives don’t “steal,” they commit “fraud” or “white collar crimes.”

 

Next we looked at the sin of Worldliness. One would think this to be one of the easiest sins for true, Bible-believing Christians to spot and avoid. However, when we become devoted to the pursuits of this world to the exclusion of spiritual matters, we are committing the sin of worldliness. We identified three areas where worldliness begins to get a foothold in our lives. They are the issues of money, immorality, and idolatry. Of the three, idolatry might seem an odd sin to beset Christians, but whenever we place such a value on something (person, object, pursuit, etc.) that it tends to absorb our emotional and mental energy, or time and resources so that it takes precedence over our relationship with God or family, we’ve just erected an idol to replace God.

 

While no sin is “acceptable” in God’s sight, the sin of Ungodliness presents some interesting hoops for the believer to jump through. We discovered that ungodliness is living one’s everyday life with little or no thought to God, His will or glory, or our dependence upon Him.

 

We considered Anxiety as the apprehensive uneasiness of mind and self-doubt over our capacity to cope with an anticipated ill. In many ways it is the opposite of trust. When we get anxious we stop relying upon the character, ability, strength, and truth of God. In anxiety we fail to trust that God will provide for us and our needs, or we reject God’s authority and His sovereign control over our circumstances and lives: focusing on enormous threats before us, rather than God’s goodness and promises, produces fear, worry and frustration rather than the peace of God.

 

We looked at two aspects (there are more) of the sin of Pride: moral and doctrinal pride. The first, moral pride is self-righteousness characterized by an air of superiority over others, because of the conviction that our position is the more noble or beneficial for the masses. Doctrinal pride is confidence in our adherence to our own personal beliefs which are superior to all others. This last aspect is the seed of denominational splits, as well as judgmental attitudes within God’s churches today. The antidotes for such sin are humility, empathy, and Christ-like love.

 

In the weeks to come, as we close out this series on ACCEPTABLS SINS, we will look at the sin of Anger and its devastating effects on Christ’s Body, Jealousy, and the sins related to what we say.

 

Family MattersSince then we’ve made our way through the book of 1 Timothy and are now about to start our new series, begining Father’s Day 2009, entitled: Family Matters: Bringing God Home.

This study will help us bring God into our homes and our families, challenging us to teach God’s word in our homes, live out God’s word in our homes, and lead our families as God would have us.

Following our study on Family Matters, we moved on to a study of the book of Joshua. This study has taken us through the end of 2009.

In 2010, we completed our study in Joshua and moved on to a series called “Church Matters.” We looked at Theology, the Gospel message, Conversion, Evangelism, Membership, and Discipleship, among other topics. By Summer, we were into a study of Nehemiah and then began a series called The Parable Perspective (a study of some of the parables taught by Jesus) that took us through the end of the year.

We started 2011 in a series in the book of 1 Peter which will take us through the Fall, when we will start a new series on Marriage. It’s a full schedule, but it is an outright blessing to teach in this ABF! 


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