Pastor Jordan De Vera – September 15, 2019
Statement of Faith:
That though originally perfect, created in the image of God, man voluntarily disobeyed God and willingly fell to sin, ushering evil and death, both physical and spiritual into the world.
Romans 5:12 (NIV)
Death Through Adam, Life Through Christ
12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned
Genesis 1:31 (NIV)
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
Genesis 2:15-17 (NIV)
15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Psalm 51:5 (NIV)
5 Surely I was sinful at birth,
sinful from the time my mother conceived me.
Romans 3:23 (NIV)
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
We believe that God being Perfect, created a perfect world that is described in the book of Genesis, where we read that, “God saw all that he made, and it was very good”. Sin was not apart of creation, but it was the result of the absence of God’s Holiness when Adam and Eve chose to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, as an act of disobedience against God’s command (Gen 2:15-17). When sin came into the world, straight away we see that shame, blame and pain enter the hearts of Adam and Eve. This disrupted God’s Original plan for Mankind to live in Harmony with Him, directly in His presence.
Generation after Generation, the negative effects of sin compounded into the ecosystem and the behaviour of Man, causing environmental destruction, and suffering in human lives. In a World that God intended for Mankind to live abundantly in, we are instead surrounded by people who experience famine, poverty, wars, suffering and pain.
In our own lives, both Christians and non-Christians, the impact of sin becomes very evident. As the Apostle Paul puts it, “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing” (Romans 7:19). The nature of sin that exists in our flesh, passed down from the acts of Adam, causes us to sin in our actions, our words and our thoughts. The Book of Romans makes it very clear that we all fall short from God’s Perfect standard…. In an environment where we are encouraged to accept our shortcomings, or to conceal them, as followers of Christ we must do the opposite and confront our sins.
It takes humility to admit our faults, however as Jesus says in His Word, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:17). In this messy situation that sin has caused, we must confess that we are sinners and come to a realisation that we need a Saviour to deliver us from our predicament.
Thank God that our story does not end there, that amongst the Chaos, God has a plan of Restoration in place through His Son Jesus.
- How would you describe The Garden of Eden before sin entered?
- How did Sin enter the World, if God created it to be perfect?
- Why did God place the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden if it would cause the consumer to die?
- Why is Free will important for mankind to possess?
- What were the evident consequences straight after Adam and Eve sinned?
- What are the impacts of sin in today’s World?
- How does sin affect an individual’s life?
- What do you think are ways to deal with sin in your own lives?
- What areas of your life (habit, situation) could you apply question 8 to? (Personal question. No need to share answers with group, but good to reflect on).