Practicing Sin

Pastor Jay continues the series on War of the World – A Training Manual for “My Little Children”, with this week’s sermon “Practicing Sin” from 1 John 3:3-10a.

1 John 3:3-10a (ESV)

And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

Believers in Christ cannot simply go on practicing sin.

  • Hope in Christ motivates us to purity from the practice.
  • The mission of Christ condemns the practice.
  • Abiding in Christ is incompatible with the practice.
  • The truth of Christ sobers us about the practice.
  • The new birth in Christ contradicts the practice.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • What does it mean to “practice sin”?
  • Which of these five deterrents is best in your fight against sin? Why?
  • Do we purify ourselves of does Christ purify us?
  • Where in the passage do we see the purpose and mission of Christ expressed?
  • What is the difference between sin and lawlessness?
  • In what ways so we tend to minimize the seriousness of sin in our lives?