Doctrine of Sin: Mickey Connolly
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Address possible over corrections of doctrine of sin.
BLESSINGS OF DOCTRINE OF SIN
1) We view Holiness rightly
Sin remains our greatest event. SUN KEEPS US FOR BEING AND DOING WHAT GOD INTENDS FOR US.
2) We understand relationship between justification & sanctification.
Foundation of & motivation for is always our source of justification. Christ's finished work has justified us.
Justification is s one time declaration of our righteousness.
3) The importance of the heart and not just outward behavior. Sin comes from and defiles us from within.
We ask questions that get at the cores of our hearts.
4) Sanctification comes through grace, not our own efforts.
We need to recognize our works are not sufficient enough to make us more Christ-like. The gospel proclaims Jesus has delivered us from sin and God works through us to resist sin. "If it were not for his enabling grace, nothing good would come from us."
5) We understand our value for community and our need for one another.
We regularly need our brothers & sisters to help us in this Christian walk. We need others helping us, to help us see ourselves clearly.
WEAKNESSES OF THIS DOCTRINE THAT LEAVE US VULNERABLE
FOUR VULNERABILITIES (Identify the landmines)
1) Compassion & Correction
We can be too quick to correct our suddenly detach compassion from correction. How do we respond to things in others like I'm depressed or I've been betrayed. Correction & compassion go hand in hand. We need to sympathize with others. COMPASSION BEFORE CORRECTION. This also applies to those caught in sin. We must have compassion on fellow strugglers in addition to dinners
2) People identify in their sinfulness as opposed to Christ.
OUR IDENTITY IS ALWAYS IN CHRIST
We stand justified before God alone
3) Not giving adequate life changing power to the gospel.
Our duty is not too hunt sin in others.
The reality is we should be making progress in our holiness.
The father promises to change us. We need to find evidences of grace in others lives.
4) Overestimate our ability to know another person's heart. We assume we can know how to analyze another person's heart, and we bind their conscience to that analysis.
We assume we can see and the other person can't and we put pressure on that person to see what we see exactly how we see it. We can suggest but we can never demand. Even we ssh this it doesn't leave room for God to work. Pressure does not lead to repentance.
The Lord, and the Lord only can search the hearts of men.
Awareness of vulnerability leads to compassion on fellow sinners.
Remember the source of grace is Jesus Christ
Jude 1:24-25 ESV
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.
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