Sermon Recap: SIN’S DEVASTATION based on Isaiah 59:1-15 and Romans 5:12-18

Several years ago I participated in a funeral (not for anyone in this church or related to anyone in this church) where one shared their thoughts of the deceased. The individual proceeded to call the deceased a “hell-raiser” and recalled a drunken episode where the two engaged in acts of vandalism together, calling that episode part of the “good-ole days.” Then, after the reflection was complete, proceeded to say, “You now have your angel wings.” Say what?

This is one of the many examples I have observed over the years of a simple truth: that we, in the Western church, have become comfortable in matters of spirituality. We have stopped taking sin seriously and have somehow bought into a lie that because Jesus died for our sins, we can live however we want to without consequence because we still will have heaven. The lie also correlates with another lie, that all roads lead to heaven, and one does not need to believe in Jesus and repent of their sins in order to find salvation. We have a serious lack of biblical truth, marrying faith with culture. As a result, we have minimized the need for a life of holiness, repentance, and a lack of understanding of the true devastation of sin. This reality is not present in African or Eastern churches, which are under constant stress and threat of persecution!

What does the Bible clearly say about sin’s devastation?

  1. Separation from God (Isa 59:2). The more we engage in sin, the more we push ourselves away from God. The pushing away causes us to lose sight of the target, which is a life in the way of God. Like a child who gets distracted in a store can ultimately lose their parents, so too we, when we are distracted by sin, will lose sight of God. We eventually get to a point where we no longer can find God or it seems like God is silent. Like a parent who has a willful child will keep their mouth shut because it will only increase the willfulness and resentfulness, so too God will allow us to walk in our rebellious state without instigation. God desires a relationship with us, to walk with us; when we engage in sin, we ultimately tell God we have no need for him, nor do we have a desire for a relationship.
  1. Loss of moral compass (Isa 59:3-7). The more we engage in sin, the more we allow sin to corrupt us and change us into someone we don’t recognize. We lose our compass and our way. Israel went from the high of the Red Sea to a nation that looked no different than the very ones who enslaved them. The same is true with us; we will always become whom or what we invest our time in. How often do we hear those who express regret for the choices they made or how they have negatively impacted those they love? At the moment, they could not see it, but that was the effect of the poison of sin.
  1. Loss of peace (Isa 59:8). This world strives for peace but tries to make peace by any other means than the true source of peace. Compromise and tolerance will not bring peace. Forcing warring parties to the table will not bring peace. True peace is only found through the Prince of Peace. We access it by our submission to him and our striving to leave behind a life of sin. If we know God, we will know peace; if we have no God in our lives, then we will have no peace.
  1. Loss of orientation and direction (Isa 59:9-11). Isaiah compared the devastation of sin to those who were blind, stumbling around in the darkness. There is a way that seems right to humanity, but in the end, it leads to death (Prov 14:12). Just as vertigo can disorient the body, or fog can disorient our vision, sin will disorient us. Sin will confuse the standard to the point that we will not know the way to go to freedom. In addition, sin will declare that which is wrong as right and that which is right as wrong.
  1. Absence of truth and righteousness (Isa 59:12-15). The more we engage in sin, the more we drift from the truth, and the more we want to not even listen to or engage the truth! When we push truth aside, anything goes. Instead of God being the standard of truth and bearer of righteousness, we become the definer of truth, and we do what is right in our own eyes. And when we become the standard, there is no longer any need for a different way of living, and really, Christ died for nothing! God works in openness and transparency, while sin works in secrecy and in the shadows.
  1. Death and condemnation (Rom 5:12-18). Because of Adam and Eve, sin and death came into the world. They ushered in not just spiritual death, but emotional death, mental death, and physical death. They also ushered in the condemnation of the evil one which keeps us in prison. Condemnation’s message is we are unworthy to receive forgiveness.

These are all real and powerful consequences of sin, and we should take them seriously. No wonder the enemy tries to lie to us and hide the true impact! How can we break free from the devastation?

  1. Confession (Isa 59:12-13). We need to be real before God with our sins and name them. Once we are willing to name them and act on them in transparency, we break the power and hold of sin.
  1. God’s gift of grace is Jesus Christ (Isa 59:1; Rom 5:15). We can’t break free from sin on our own. That is why Jesus came—so we can be set free! He died so he could take the devastation of sin upon himself, and we could walk in freedom.
  1. Repentance (Isa 59:20). We cannot continue to live in our sinful ways. We must have a change of direction and lifestyle.
  1. Live in righteousness (Rom 5:17-18). Live according to God’s standard as outlined in the Word. Do not engage in a sinful mindset or fully embrace culture just because they say so!

Questions for Reflection

1) In what ways has sin impacted your life?

2) Whom or what do you invest in? Does it align with your relationship with God and the Word?

3) Do you have inner peace? Why or why not?

4) Can you articulate the truth? Where does confusion reign?

5) When was the last time you confessed your sins to God?

6) Do you take sin seriously? Do you strive to live a life of repentance?

Upcoming Service

This Sunday, we will worship outdoors (weather permitting) and serve communion. Pastor Ryan will continue the study on the Foundations of Sin and Salvation with the sermon titled “Why Do We Need Salvation?” based on Hebrews 10:1-18. Why are we dependent upon Jesus for salvation? What is the true impact? Come by or tune in on Sunday to find out!

Daily Bible Readings for June 18 – 24

June 18: Psalm 90:1-12 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 19: Psalm 91:1-16 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 20: Psalm 95:1-11 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 21: Psalm 96:1-13 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 22: Psalm 97:1-12 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 23: Psalm 103:1-8 What does this passage teach us about God?

June 24: Psalm 103:9-19 What does this passage teach us about God?

This Week’s  Events:

Reminder: Sunday School is at 9:15, Worship at 10:30!

Thursday, June 20–Leadership Team Meeting @ 7 pm

Sunday, June 23–Outdoor Worship & Communion

Sunday, June 23–Vespers @ 5 pm w/ special guest group Ava Care

Monday, June 24–Pastor Ryan starts next class through Liberty

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday, June 26 – Saturday, July 6–Pastor Ryan on vacation

Sunday, June 30–Ava Care Baby Bottle Campaign ends; dedication of baby bottles

Sunday, June 30–Summer Bible Study begins @ 5 pm; see announcement below

Wednesday, July 10–VBS opening night @ 5:30; see announcement below

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 June is Isaiah 59:1:

“Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.”

Announcements:

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. We need several other volunteers. Please consider volunteering for this great outreach today! You should be contacted sometime this week!

The registration form for VBS is now available (see the attachment for the QR code for registration). We only have a few weeks left so please spread the word to your neighbors, friends, and those in your communities with children.

AVA CARE BABY BOTTLE CAMPAIGN & VESPERS

If you did not yet pick up a baby bottle, there are still a few left available in the church narthex. Fill the baby bottle with change and/or dollars. Bring back for the final Sunday of June (June 30). We will have service of dedication and pray over them for the women who will be blessed by the ministry.

We will have our first Vespers of the summer this Sunday, June 23 at 5 pm. All are asked to bring a finger food to share. Ava Care will come and share about how God is using the ministry to impact the lives of young women in our area. We will also have a basket for donations to Ava Care during the meal.

BIBLE STUDY

Lynne and Bill are starting a new Bible study beginning Sunday, June 30 at 5 pm. Here is their official announcement (picture also attached):

Bill Wood and I (Lynne) are pleased to announce our Bible Study for this summer. It’s called ‘Every Day:  Living Every Moment as Ministry,’ and it’s written by yours truly! We will start on Sunday, June 30th at 4pm, and we’ll meet here at the church. As a Christian, you have a call on your life to do ministry where you are, every day. In this 6 week study, we will explore what ministry isn’t as well as five ways that Colossians 1:9-12 teaches us we can be the hands and feet of Jesus to everyone around us, regardless of profession or vocation. We hope you will join us! If you have never attended a Bible study before, we especially invite you — we think this would be a good place to start, as this is a casual group and a practical study. Please let Bill Wood or me know if you plan to join so we can get you a copy of our study material.

NEED FOR CLOTHING & HYGIENE PRODUCTS

As stated on Sunday, there is a need for clothing and hygiene products:

Women’s shirt size M/L

Pant size 10

Shoe size 6 1/2 – 7, depending on the shoe

Boy shirt size 7/8

Pant size 6/7 or 7/8

Shoe size 13c or 1

There will be a box in the narthex to place donated items. If you would like to donate a gift card instead, gift cards for Walmart or Target would be great (clothing & hygiene products), as well as for grocery stores.

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)

Sharon Botkin (health)

Bouchery family (unspoken)

Katie Cooper (concussion)

Savannah Cox (comfort and peace)

Quinn Cox (health)

Norma Cunningham (recovery)

Amy Cyzick (health)

Elijah Tucker Dean (health)

Natalie Dodge (health)

Bob Hess (health)

Tim Howdyshell (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)1

Ann Simmons (health)

Bob Simmons (health)

Millie Simmons (health)

Crystal Smith (health)

Norma Suter (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–June 18, 2024