Thursday Thoughts for Parents | Amnesia & Deja Vu
This post is based on CJ Mahaney's sermon, Amnesia & Deja Vu, given on January 27, 2019.
Birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, graduations can be wonderful times of celebrating, laughing, feasting and enjoying the company of friends and family. In his sermon on Sunday, CJ reminded us that as Christians we are participating right now in the greatest celebration of them all, the festival of the Passover Lamb sacrificed for us. What joyful news! Jesus’ death has satisfied God’s wrath against our sins and as a result we have been passed over in judgment. CJ warned however, that since we are not yet in heaven, we must still deal with the presence of indwelling sin. Killing sin takes constant effort, but we are refreshed and strengthened for this hard work as we remember and celebrate Christ’s finished work on the cross.
As a family read: Exodus 12:43–13:16, 1 Corinthians 5:6–5:8
- In 1 Corinthians Paul compares sin to leaven. What does this comparison teach us about the nature of sin? Is there any such thing as a small sin?
- CJ quoted John Owen who said, “Be killing sin or it will be killing you”. What did John Owen mean by this statement? What are some strategies from CJ’s message to help us put our sin to death?
- CJ illustrated the dangerous temptation of sin by telling a story of bugs being drawn to the blue light of a bug zapper. What sins are you drawn to?
- How does celebrating Christ’s sacrifice help us in our battle with sin? Can we fight sin effectively if we forget about the cross of Jesus?
Give thanks to our Great God for so loving us that He gave us His only Son to pay for our sins. Ask Him for grace to fight sin and keep away from temptation.