Small Group Study Guide for “Freedom from Sin”
1. 1 Corinthians 10:13 – “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”
2. 1 John 1:8-10 – “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”
– Begin by discussing what sin is and why it is important to understand its definition.
– Ask participants to share their definitions of sin and discuss any differences or similarities.
– Emphasize that sin is breaking God’s law and anything opposed to the character of God.
1. What are the steps to sin mentioned in the sermon?
– Leader’s Note: Encourage participants to recall the steps mentioned in the sermon and discuss them. The steps may include putting oneself in a position to sin, listening to non-spiritual voices, and engaging in sinful actions.
2. According to 1 Corinthians 10:13, what assurance does God provide when we face temptation?
– Leader’s Note: Guide the group to reflect on the verse and discuss how God promises to provide a way out when we are tempted. Encourage them to share personal experiences of God’s faithfulness in times of temptation.
3. What does 1 John 1:8-10 teach us about sin and confession?
– Leader’s Note: Facilitate a discussion on the importance of acknowledging our sins and confessing them to God. Help participants understand that confession leads to forgiveness and purification.
1. How can we apply the principle of avoiding sin by not putting ourselves in a position to sin?
– Leader’s Note: Encourage participants to share practical ways they can avoid situations or environments that may lead to sin. Discuss the importance of making wise choices and setting boundaries.
2. What does it mean to listen to non-spiritual voices, and how can we guard against them?
– Leader’s Note: Guide the group to explore the influence of worldly voices and how they can lead us away from God. Discuss strategies for discerning and filtering the voices we listen to, such as studying Scripture, seeking godly counsel, and cultivating a relationship with the Holy Spirit.
3. How does the concept of confession and forgiveness impact our journey of freedom from sin?
– Leader’s Note: Help participants understand the significance of confessing sins to God and experiencing His forgiveness. Discuss the role of accountability and support within the Christian community in overcoming sin.
1. Share a personal struggle with sin and discuss how you can apply the steps mentioned in the sermon to overcome it.
– Leader’s Note: Create a safe and non-judgmental environment for participants to share their struggles. Encourage them to reflect on the sermon’s message and suggest practical steps they can take to avoid sin and seek God’s help.
2. How can we support and encourage one another in our journey towards freedom from sin?
– Leader’s Note: Facilitate a discussion on the importance of community and accountability in overcoming sin. Encourage participants to share ideas and suggestions for supporting one another, such as regular check-ins, prayer partnerships, and sharing Scripture or devotionals.
3. What is one specific action you can take this week to avoid sin and pursue righteousness?
– Leader’s Note: Challenge participants to commit to a specific action or behavior change that aligns with the sermon’s message. Encourage them to share their commitments with the group and provide an opportunity for prayer and accountability.
Take a moment to reflect on your own struggles with sin and confess them to God. Pray for His strength and guidance in avoiding sin and pursuing righteousness. Ask Him to help you support and encourage one another in your journey towards freedom from sin.