StoneBridge Community Church
Advent: Forgiveness of Sins, Mark 1:4
Senior Pastor Jon Saur
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  • StoneBridge Community Church
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:15 PM, Sunday 5:20 PM

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Mark 1:4

During Advent, we will be looking at how John the Baptist prepared people for Jesus' arrival. John proclaims a "baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins." What is baptism? What does repentance look like in today's world? What exactly is sin and how is it forgiven? And how does all of this prepare us for Jesus? We will be asking those questions and more as we prepare for Jesus' birth on Christmas.

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I. John the Baptist

II. What is forgiveness?

III. What are we forgiven of? (What is sin?)
A. "Hamartia"
B. Hebrew terms for sin.

IV. Metaphors for sin in the Bible
A. Old Testament
1. Burden
2. Transaction
3. Path
4. Stain
B. New Testament
1. Physical ailments
2. Sin as bond or indebtedness
3. Almsgiving
4. Sin personified

V. What is sin?
1. Hard to define.
2. What it isn't - the point.

VI. Forgiveness
1. John preached forgiveness.
2. Whatever sin is, we are forgiven of it.
3. Point of Christian faith isn't to avoid sin.
4. Point is to follow Jesus.
5. Forgiveness frees us to follow Jesus.

1) Pray for forgiveness.

2) Extend forgiveness to someone in need of it.

3) Pray again and thank God for forgiveness.

1) What is sin?

2) Which metaphor for sin presented in Pastor Jon's sermon reflects your thinking on sin?

3) When is a time you have extended or received forgiveness to/for someone else?

4) What does it mean that your sins are forgiven?

5) How does recognizing the forgiveness of sins prepare you for Jesus?

One way our church family celebrates the holy season is through our special Heart of Christmas offering. This year, The Heart of Christmas offering will be divided between four important ministries that make a difference all year long—IMPACT, Samaritan Center, Sarah’s House, and James Storehouse. For more information on each of these ministries and to make a donation, please click the link below:.

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