Sermon Recap: THE SIN PROBLEM based on Romans 3:9-18, 23, 6:23, and 8:5-8

No one really likes to talk about sin. Instead, we either deflect, redefine, minimize, or compartmentalize to shield ourselves from the impact of any conversation about it. No one enjoys being corrected or having their flaws exposed! However, if we are unwilling to talk openly and candidly about a deep truth and reality, we will only develop a shallow faith and remove ourselves from significant teachings in Scripture. When we talk about sin openly and see the truth, we can then understand the need for the cross and the need for a life of repentance in response to Jesus!

What is the truth about sin? What is the sin problem?

  1. All of us are sinners (Rom 3:9-12, 23). There is no one righteous, not even one. We are incapable of being righteous on our own without Jesus (3:10). Human nature, instead of embracing God, pushes God away and is insistent on following its own path (3:11). There is a way that seems right to an individual, but in the end it leads to death (Prov 14:25). Why? Because we are stubborn and would rather try to prove ourselves right than submit ourselves to the only one who is right! We are like the captain of the Titanic, who, despite seven warnings of icebergs, continued on the ill-fated voyage right into the path of the iceberg. In the end, many, including the captain, were lost in the icy seas.All of us are born with sin. All of us have a sinful nature. No matter how hard we try, we cannot provide our own remedy (Rom 3:12). Our good deeds are not enough. We need something more to wash away our sins. The solution is the need for a Savior–and thus the cross!
  1. We all fall short of God’s glory (Rom 3:13-17, 23). No matter how hard we try, we cannot find the glory of God on our own. God and sin cannot coexist. God hates sin; it was sin that caused Adam and Eve to stop walking with God in the Garden of Eden. God is holy, righteous, good, and pure. We, on the other hand, are prone to deception and destruction (Rom 3:13-15). We lie so easily and readily. We curse with our mouths. We are full of bitterness. We are quick to destroy, shedding “blood” both literally and figuratively through our words on social media. Instead of compassion, love, and grace, we are beings filled with judgment that seeks to destroy anyone with a variant viewpoint than our own. Instead of reverence and awe for God, we display a lack of the fear of God (Rom 3:16-18). Instead of valuing God’s opinion, we all do what we want to and pursue what is good in our own eyes. As a result, we fall short of the glory of God.
  1. Wages for sin is eternal death (Rom 6:23). The wages for sin is death. Sin’s cost is steep! For a momentary decision, one can face a lifetime or eternity of consequences! Sin takes you further than you want to go, keeps you longer than you want to stay, and makes you pay far more than you ever were willing to pay. One sinful act can have emotional, mental, social, and physical effects in addition to the spiritual. Relationships can be destroyed. Physical health can become forever altered. We can end up with painful scars for the remainder of our lives. And sometimes, we bear the scars of someone else’s sin. Therefore, since the cost is so high, sin should not be minimalized.
  1. Sinful nature is hostile toward God (Rom 8:5-8). Our sinful nature and the Spirit desire contrary things; the sinful nature pursues itself, and the Spirit pursues death to self and the things of God! Therefore, one cannot live for God and be in an active state of sin at the same time. It is impossible! If we are living in what the Bible calls sin, then we are not choosing to live for God in that moment. We will face a battle in our mind (Rom 8:5-6). The sinful nature cannot submit to God’s Word or please God (Rom 8:7-8). Therefore, one either is living for sin or is living for God.

Once we know the truth, then we can discover the path to freedom. Even though the above is true about sin, it does not have to remain our reality because the GIFT of God is eternal life (Rom 6:23). God has given us a GIFT of salvation through Jesus on the cross. Since all humanity sins and falls short of the glory of God, since the penalty for sin is death, and the sinful nature is hostile toward God, Jesus died on the cross to become sin, so the punishment of death can rest upon him so we can, through him, find eternal life. But we cannot choose to remain in sin any longer; we must live a different way.

Questions for Reflection

1) Why is it difficult to talk about sin?

2) What sin do you struggle with right now?

3) Do you have a tendency to minimize sin? What sins do you downplay?

4) Why is it dangerous to redefine something as permissible that the Bible calls a sin? What are the long-term impacts of that choice?

5) What unhealthy attachments do you cling to that prevent you from full commitment to Christ?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, Pastor Ryan will continue the study on the Foundations of Sin and Salvation with the sermon titled “Our Adversary” based on John 8:44; Isaiah 14:12-14; 1 Peter 5:8-9; 2 Corinthians 4:4; and James 4:7. Why is it important to recognize our true enemy and his tactics? How can this improve our spiritual vitality? Come by or tune in on Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for May 28 – June 3

May 28: Psalm 40:1-17 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 29: Psalm 44:1-26 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 30: Psalm 46:1-11 What does this passage teach us about God?

May 31: Psalm 47:1-9 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 1: Psalm 48:1-14 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 2: Psalm 50:1-6 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 3: Psalm 51:1-17 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Sunday, June 2–Summer Hours Begin (First Sunday Breakfast @ 8:45 am, Sunday School @ 9:15 am, Worship @ 10:30 am)

Sunday, June 2–First Sunday Offering–Ava Cares & Beginning of Baby Bottle Campaign

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, June 9–Graduate Recognition Sunday

Saturday, June 15–Father/Son Breakfast @ 8 am–sign up available beginning Sunday

Sunday, June 23–Outdoor Worship & Communion

Sunday, June 23–Vespers @ 5 pm

VERSE OF THE MONTH!

Every month we will feature a verse. The goal is for the entire church to learn this verse for the month so we grow in our memorized Bible knowledge. The verse of the month of May is Galatians 5:22-23:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Announcements:

AIR CONDITIONING NOTE

Last Sunday, we tried running the air conditioner for the first time. We very much appreciate all the feedback that has been given so far. We value the feedback and will make some adjustments for next week and will continue to do so until we find the balance that works best for all in the church.

BIRTHDAYS NEEDED!

If you are a newer attendee at Beaver Creek, please call the office with your birthday or leave a note in the offering plate. We don’t want to miss anyone.

Social Media

Beaver Creek has updated its social media page. Please follow and share so many people can see what is happening at Beaver Creek! You can find the pages as follows:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/beavercreekchurchva/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeaverCreekChurchVA/

Call for Worship Leaders and Children’s Story

We are in need of both worship leaders and children’s storytellers. Contact Alice Over, Phyllis Simmons (worship leading), or Joscelin Cooper (children’s story) if you want to serve.

CHILDREN’S CHURCH & NURSERY

Children’s Church will take the summer months off (June, July, August).

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Vacation Bible School will run on Wednesday evenings during the month of July (July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31). If you would like to help or assist in any way, such as running a station, being a group leader for kids, preparing food, etc., please sign up on the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board in the narthex or respond to this email. So far, we have had only a few names sign up. We need several other volunteers. Please consider volunteering for this great outreach today!

GRADUATES!

If you are graduating this year or know of a graduate, please call the office. We are aware of one graduate. We are in the process of planning graduate recognition Sunday.

Nursery

The Christian Education Team is looking for six to eight volunteers for the nursery during the Sunday School and church hours. There will be a signup sheet in the back. If you would be willing to volunteer to allow our families to participate in worship, please inform one of the members of the Christian Education team (Theresa Eckard, Scott McAvoy, Becky Whitmore), or sign up on the signup sheet!

Sight & Sound Interest

The Fidelis class is in the process of coming up with a trip proposal to see Noah at Sight & Sound in 2025. Please stay tuned for the information once the trip is planned!

Four Ways to Give! 

1) Mail your tithe to the church office

2) Drop it by the church office on Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday, 9 am – 1 pm

3) Our online giving platform: https://beavercreekchurchva.churchcenter.com/giving

4) Place in the offering plate on Sunday!

Prayer Needs

Continue to Keep in Prayer our members in Skilled Care Facilities: Mary G Miller, Shirley Miller, Louise Shirkey & Carolyn Wine

Eddie Baker (health)

Mary Batterman (health)

Sandy Bennington (health)

Bouchery family (unspoken)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Quinn Cox (health)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

Amy Cyzick (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tim Howdyshell (health)

Stanley Jackowitz (health)

Christy Lazer (health)

Ruth Luce (health)

Mark Martin (health)

Meeta McNett (health)

Betty Miller (health)

Norlen Miller (health)

Mary M Miller (health)

Savannah Miller (health)

Tami Plaugher (health)

Ann Simmons (health)

Bob Simmons (health)

Millie Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Whitmore family (house)

Mary Whitmore (health)

Judy Winner (health)

Cindy Wittig (health)

Shelvy Wittig (health)

Pastor Ryan Cooper
Beaver Creek Church

Good News Brief–May 28, 2024