S2 Episode 3: Breaking the Sin Cycle Pt 1.

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Thank you for joining us for Season 2 Episode 3: Breaking the Sin Cycle Pt. 1. Here you’ll find episode notes, passages discussed, as well as questions for you to pray through and meditate over as we work together to walk in the victory that Christ purchased for us. The Word tells us to abstain from the passions of the flesh, and so we will, because we ARE the Good and Faithful!

Episode Table of Contents

 

A Strategy for Breaking the Sin Cycle

This series will go over various practices that are part of a biblical strategy to help you break free from the sin cycle. This strategy is not meant to be the end all be all, but we hope that we can provide a practical way to help you overcome any sin that has entangled you and kept you from walking in the lifestyle of ministry that God has called you to.  

  1. Meditating Over the Scripture: Follow on episodes will cover how to meditate over Scripture in such a way that will actually reshape the way you see yourself, your relationship with God, and your battle with sin.
  2. Seeking Counsel: This series will discuss how to seek wise counsel in order to help you apply what Scripture says.
  3. Confession: As members of the Body of Christ, we are called to confess our sins to each other. The series will cover how to do this in a way that helps us receive the healing that God promises in His Word.
  4. Prayer: There is a way to pray to God that helps us actually begin to recognize His presence and the work that He is doing in our lives. We’ll discuss how to do that in follow on episodes.
  5. Changing Habits: We will close out the series by addressing the role that our habits play in our ability to walk in freedom. We’ll go over how to do this in a way that isn’t legalistic or religious, but life-giving and empowering so that we can live a lifestyle of ministry – blessing the nations and advancing God’s Kingdom.

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Dispelling the Myth of Sinlessness

There is a misconception that somehow there is a way to become completely sinless on this side of the new heaven and new earth. While the idea may seem appealing, it isn’t biblical and therefore not a good idea to pursue. We explain why there is not enough we can do in this life to become sinless, but why that doesn’t mean that we can’t walk in victory over sin day-to-day.

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Defining the Sin Cycle

There are many biblical ways to define the sin cycle. In this series we use the Apostle James’ description of the sin pattern from James 1:13-15:

"Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death." 

Using this passage, we define the sin cycle as follows:

  1. Desire. Desire comes in and begins to entice us and drag us away.
  2. Sinful action. Those desires get so strong that we decide to engage in sinful behavior in order to quench that desire.
  3. Death. That sin brings death. Spiritual death, physical death, death in relationships. Death everywhere.
  4. Conviction. The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin and prompts us to repent.
  5. Repentance. We choose to turn away from that sin in an effort to not repeat the sin again.
  6. Repeat. We inevitably fall back into desire which leads us to sinful action, then death, conviction, repentance, and over and over again.

The sin cycle is distinguished from the process of sanctification by the way it drags us down into deep shame and guilt and makes us feel helpless. Sanctification seems similar in that we can stumble into desire, sin, and death, but sanctification is God’s process which allows us to understand our own sinfulness better and His amazing grace. The sin cycle lies to us and convinces us that our situation is helpless. Sanctification takes us from glory to glory in Christ Jesus.

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What is Sin?

Understanding that sin is more than the bad things we do is an important step in helping us win against it. Here we consider to perspectives on the nature of sin and how that impacts our walk. 

Sin As a Master

Sin is described in scripture as having the power to rule over us, it is portrayed as having a desire toward us. Sin takes advantage of the Law and brings about death. It enslaves us and tries to make us a master. This means that in our battle against sin, we are not only fighting to be “good people,” we are fighting to keep our hearts loyal to our true Master. And because sin is so powerful, the only One who can actually free us from this wicked master is Jesus. He is the One who made a way for us to be free from sin, not only in the next life, but in this life now. 

Sin As a Disease

Sin is also described as a disease. It corrupts our bodies and brings about a very real death. Our bodies testify to us that something dwells in us that is ultimately killing us. Though it cannot be seen under a microscope or excised with a scalpel, sin is very alive in our members. Therefore, we need a doctor who can cure us from disease. Jesus is that doctor. He is the only One able to heal us. And so we look to Him for our healing and cling to Him so that we can find ourselves walking in the newness of life that He promised us by His Spirit.

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Summary

Ultimately, this series is about understanding and living out the Gospel. A practical way to remember the truth of who we are in Christ and how abiding in Him will help us to win against sin every time it tries and rear its ugly head. Below are the passages provided in the episode as well as questions for you to ponder and pray over.

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Passages:

  1. 00:15 (1 Peter 2:11)
  2. 04:23 (Proverbs 15:22)
  3. 04:50 (James 5:16)
  4. 08:34 (psalm 19:13)
  5. 08:38 (Psalm 25:7)
  6. 08:50 (1 John 1:8-10)
  7. 10:32 (John 8:34-36)
  8. 10:55 (Hebrews 12:1-2)
  9. 12:08 (James 1:13-15)
  10. 15:10 (1 John 2:1-2)
  11. 18:25 (Hebrews 6:1-3)
  12. 22:00 (Genesis 4:6-7)
  13. 22:38 (John 8:31-36)
  14. 23:30 (Romans 6:6-8,12-14,16-18)
  15. 25:45 (Matthew 6:24)
  16. 27:35 (Romans 5:6-8)
  17. 29:35 (Romans 7:13-23)
  18. 31:13 (Galatians 5:16-21)
  19. 33:33 (Romans 5:12)
  20. 33:47 (Jeremiah 17:9)
  21. 34:32 (Romans 7:24-25)
  22. 35:18 (Jeremiah 17:14)
  23. 35:32 (1 Peter 2:24 & Isaiah 53:5)
  24. 36:46 (Matthew 11:28-30)

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Questions

The following are a series of questions we invite you to pray over and answer. Write the answers down somewhere so that you can reference them later. It’ll be great to see how God used this to help you grow into the person He created you to be!

  1. Do you currently find yourself in the sin cycle?
  2. If yes, why do you think that is? If no, how can your testimony help those who do find themselves in the sin cycle?
  3. In your own words, how would you define sin?
  4. How has this episode impacted the way you understand sin in your life and in the world around you?
  5. How has this episode impacted the way you understand the Gospel?
  6. How will this new insight change the way you confront sin in your own life?
  7. Who is someone you can share this with? Share it then! 

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