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Sunday, January 1, 2017 pm

Go and Sin No More
John 8:11

Joshua Thornhill

Introduction: Jesus told this woman to go and sin no more. Let us discuss how we might do that. 

I. The Importance of Being Sinless:

                A. God has called us to be holy: 1 Peter 1:15-16, 2 Corinthians 7:1

                B. God’s people must not sin: 1 John 2:1, 3:6-9, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11

II. How Might We Become Sinless:

                A. Recognize our problem:

                                1. We must recognize that we have sinned: Rom 3:9-18, 23

                                2. We must constantly examine ourselves: 2 Cor 13:5, 1 Cor 11:28

                B. Determine to overcome sin:

                                1. Decide to change your mind: 1 John 2:15-17, Colossians 3:2

                                2. If we do not determine to remove sin from our life, we will always struggle with it.

                C. Get help:

                                1. God is there to help: 1 Corinthians 10:13

                                2. Our brethren can help: Galatians 6:1-2, James 5:16

                                3. We will not be successful alone!

                D. Guard our hearts:

                                1. Allow God’s Word to guard our heart: Psalm 119:11

                                2. Guard ourselves from sin: Job 31:3

                E. Exhibit self control:

                                1. We must deny our sinful desires: Titus 2:11-12, Matthew 16:24

                                2. Paul exercised self control: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

                F. Cut off the supply lines of sin:

                                1. Put to death the fleshly deeds: Romans 8:12-13, Col  3:5ff

                                2. Make no provision for the flesh: Romans 13:14, 2 Timothy 2:22

                                3. We must be aware of ungodly influences: 1 Corinthians 15:33

                G. Replace our sinful habits with godly ones:

                                1. We must replace that which we remove: Luke 11:25

                                2. Abounding in spiritual things is key to being sinless: 2 Pet 1:10

                H. Look to our example:

                                1. Jesus left us a sinless example: 1 Peter 2:21-24

                                2. We must always pattern our life after Jesus: 1 Corinthians 11:1

                I. Receive forgiveness of sins:

                                1. Baptism washes away sins: Acts 22:16, 1 Pet 3:21, Heb 10:22

                                2. We must pray for forgiveness: Act 8:22

Conclusion: If we hope to gain a home in heaven at the end of our life, we must put sin out of our life. Let us strive to live as Jesus lived, a life free from sin.