Necessary Sins

April 22 - May 21

We allow certain habits to help us deal with life, but sometimes the bad habits can become part of our identity. It’s time to separate ourselves from these 'necessary' habits and recognize them for what they really are: sins. Join us for this four-week series as we look at lying, gossip, lust, and anger discovering how to replace these sin-nature habits with obedience and grace.


 

Part One

April 22 & 23 / Doug Miller

 

 

Part Two

April 29 & 30 / Doug Miller

 

 

Part Three

May 6 & 7 / Doug Miller

 

 

Part Four

May 20 & 21 / Kyle Freedman


How do you feel when someone has lied to you?  Why?

Who do you lie most often to: others, God, or yourself? Explain. 


What do you think might be the cause behind your lies? 


What are some of the consequences you’ve experienced as a result of telling lies? 


Are there certain situations where you tend to lie more than others? If so, what are they? 


What are some of the lies you believe about yourself?

Read Psalm 119:27-29, John 8:31-32 & 1 John 2:4.  What do you learn about God from these verses?  What do you learn about life and yourself from these verses?  What do you think your response should be to these verses?

How different do you think your life would be if you truly lived in God’s truth without any lies? 


What steps do you need to take to stop believing and speaking lies and start living in the truth?

What causes you to participate in gossip?

Share a time when you were affected by gossip. How did it make you feel?

In what situations do you find yourself gossiping the most?

Read and discuss Proverbs 6:16-19, Proverbs 18:8, and Matthew 12:36.

Evaluate yourself. Do you find yourself engaging more in conversations that are helpful or hurtful? Explain.

How have you seen the rise of social media affect gossip?

Who do you need to speak life-giving words to this week? How and when will you do it?

What steps do you need to take personally this week to overcome the sin of gossip?

As you close pray Psalm 139:23-24 together. Pray as well for any special requests you may have. BE SURE NOT TO USE PRAYER TIME AS A LISCENSE TO GOSSIP!!

Why do you think there is more tolerance to lust in today’s world?

Share a time when you were enticed by something impure. How did you respond?

What are some of the consequences you’ve experienced or seen others experience because of giving into lustful temptations?

What kind of lustful wound might you need to protect?

Is there anything keeping you from pursuing the life of God? If so, what is it and how will you deal with it?

What steps do you need to take to fully pursue the life of God?



With your Bible read and discuss James 1:14-15, Ephesians 4:18-19, and Psalm 119:9.

In what ways have you seen God heal and renew your mind?

What’s one thing you need to do this week that will help protect any lustful wounds you might have?

Pray for each other and those in our church that we would stand strong and flee sexual temptations.

What is your main takeaway from this weekend’s message?

What area of life do you feel you struggle with anger the most? Why?

Read Ephesians 4:31-32
What does God want you to know after reading this passage? How does this passage make you feel? What does God want you to do after reading this passage?

Do you feel there is a limit to the forgiveness Paul calls us to extend? Explain.

Read Matthew 18:21-35
What does God want you to know after reading this passage? How does this passage make you feel? What does God want you to do after reading this passage?

How does this passage affect your answer to the previous question?

Which lens needs to be changed in your life? Lying, Gossip, Lust Anger

What are some ways your group could help?

Pray for members of your group to take their next step.