Taking Sin Seriously
With Ourselves & Others
For this Sunday, April 15, you are going to need to pull up your BIG boy pants and be ready for a difficult topic.
This is a topic that most likely would not be preached in 75% or more of churches in America.
The topic is "Opposing & Exposing Sinful Behavior". Now, we all (hopefully) get the "opposing" part. As a follower of Jesus Christ, I know that God has expectations of me and wants me to walk as a new man in true righteousness and holiness. I get that . . .
It's not the opposing part that is challenging. It's the exposing.
According to Ephesians 5:11, as a follower of Jesus Christ, I am meant to expose the sinful behavior of others in the church.
"And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but expose them."
That is a tough truth - "expose them".
This Sunday, we will be continuing our journey through Ephesians 5:1-14 and, as we do, we'll be looking at biblical principles of opposing and exposing sinful behavior, otherwise known as "darkness". I'm going to include the majority of my outline right here, right now for you to look over and do some study before Sunday. (This, however, is not a pass to miss Sunday )
BIBLICAL PRINCIPLES OF OPPOSING/EXPOSING SINFUL BEHAVIOR:
1. Be right yourself first. (Matthew 7:1-5)
- "true righteousness and holiness" (Ephesians 4:24)
- Live obedience for all to see (Romans 16:19)
- Motives matter (Galatians 6:1-5)
2. Follow Biblical Steps (Mathew 18:15-20)
- Goal is ALWAYS restoration
- Judge sin to correct sin (James 5:19-20)
- Make sure "judgments" are Biblical, not opinion (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
3. DO IT!!! It does the body of Christ good.
- We are to be a glorious church . . . holy without blemish (Eph 5:25-27)
- Learn from seven churches of Revelation (Rev. 2-3)
- Protects from hard hearts (Hebrews 3:12-15)
Also: Be careful with older saints (1 Timothy 5:1-2)
Be careful with elders/pastors (1 Timothy 5:19-20)
It is my goal and prayer that all of us will take sin seriously. That all of us will do something about personal sin and sinful behavior (based on what the Bible says, not our personal opinion) in others.
My bottom line this Sunday is that imitators of God take sinful behavior seriously and do something about it - both personally and in others - for the glory of God and the health of the church.
See you Sunday. Remember your big boy pants.