Mar 2017, Christ Mountain Top, Lent 1
32 (call to worship)
2.15 – 3.7 (message)
of life (1 John 2.16)
sin … death (James 1.15)
the words, “Don’t”
trapped in the box?
to find fault than find solutions – human enterprise
empathetic as a parent
2:17 in the day that you
eat of it you shall die.
3:4-5 the serpent said to
the woman, “You will not die; 5
for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be
like God, knowing good and evil.”
are banned from the tree of life
of spouse to death, to infidelity
is about loss, absence
to power (blame & shame)
5:12 sin came into the
world through one man, and death came through sin, and so death spread to all
because all have sinned (our responsibility)
5:18-19 just as one man’s
trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man’s act of righteousness leads
to justification and life for all. 19
For just as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the
one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.
sin, as in
I know is that I do not remember a time in my life when I lacked a selfish
impulse: the desire, the craving, the hunger to satisfy ME at the expense of
someone or something else – obeying my parents, doing my homework, stealing
from a childhood friend, terrorizing the cat, striking my sister. And I really
wasn’t an awful child. After all, “Just Perfect” = JP. Your memory may be
different, that’s just my memory.
because of our goodness or effort. Not because we follow some inspirational
self-help guide. It’s as if we can’t help ourselves. We are hungry, we eat, and
we remain empty … or become empty.
106:14-15 lusted exceedingly in
the wilderness, and tempted God in the desert.
15 And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into
their soul. (KJV)
because God’s love is more persistent than our selfish impulse.
3:15 I will put enmity
between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike
your head, and you will strike his heel.
verse, “Sing my tongue the glorious battle”
in shame and misery,
to death in Eden’s garden,
in pride we claimed the tree;
another tree was chosen,
the world from death would free.