If you have ever known a two-year-old child or been one yourself, you know they just do wrong things. No one has to teach them to be selfish, want their own way or do something they shouldn’t and then try to hide it. Doing the wrong thing just comes naturally. This situation didn’t start with two year olds. It began way back in the book of Genesis with Adam and Eve.
2. What do these passages say about God?
3. Why did Adam and Eve eat the fruit?
4. Why is it so bad that they ate the fruit?
5. Another passage in the Bible that talks about the problem of sin is Romans 3:9-11. What does this passage say about you?
6. What are some of the consequences of sin?
7. Are you a “Pretty Good Person?” Many times we consider ourselves to be “a pretty good person” because we compare ourselves to the people around us rather to God’s perfect standard, but it is important for us each to realize just how far we fall from God’s standard. Let’s take just a few of the 10 commandments and see how you do…
SIN REPORT CARD
Are you a “Pretty Good Person?”
Sometimes we feel like we’re pretty good compared to others, but the Bible says we are all sinful and need Christ’s forgiveness. What do you need forgiveness for? The list below represents 5 of the 10 Commandments from the Bible. Check the box by any sins that you have ever committed.
- Disobey your parents (Exodus 20:12)
- Murder (Exodus 20:13)
- Steal (Exodus 20:15)
- Commit Adultery (Exodus 20:14)
- Lie (Exodus 20:16)
This exercise is not intended to “shame” you, but to help us recognize why we need Jesus. You won’t be asked to turn this in, it’s just for you..
Before we move on, let’s look at a few more verses…
9. If you have marked all of these sins, then you are a disobedient child, a murderer, a thief, an adulterer, and a liar. Have you ever thought of yourself like that? With that description, do you sound like a “pretty good person”?
10. Do you feel like you deserve the consequences we talked about in question 5? Why or why not?
11. God is a just God and because of that, everyone’s sin has to be paid for. However, God is also loving and, although he can’t just overlook our sin as if it wasn’t there, he has come up with a solution for our sin. Next week we will talk about that.
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