starting point: coming to terms


sunday april 8, 2018



  • Everyone’s faith has a starting point. 
  • “The Bible says” was never intended to be the starting point for the Christian faith.
  • The proper starting point for our faith is a question :: Who is Jesus? 


The word “sin” is an intimidating term. But it’s important that we understand what it means and why we acknowledge it. There is a big difference between “sin” and “mistake”


Mistake = “insufficient knowledge”

You can correct a mistake, but you can’t correct you.


Sinner :: Somebody who knows better but does it anyway.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16 NIV


For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. – John 3:17 NIV


Jesus’ purpose in talking about sin was restoration, not condemnation.


“For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:20 NIV


“You have heard it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder’ – Matthew 5:21 NIV


But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment.” – Matthew 5:22 NIV


“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” – Matthew 5:27-28 NIV



“... ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you…..” (Luke 15:21 NIV)

*read Luke 15:11-31 for entire story (the story & scripture from our “Reckless” series)


Recognition of sin paves the way to restoration.