Sermon Series: Heidelberg Catechism

The "Fall" and Why it Matters to Me

June 22, 2017 - June 25, 2017

Genesis 3"1-19

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Henry Kim

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  1. Introduction
    1. Heidelberg Confession – ESO sermon – we need to know we need help
      1. Too many people say, “we are raising good kids, don’t need church”
      2. Being “good” is not enough
  2. The problem is that we are in a constant state of rebellion
    1. Adam and Eve are forbidden to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
    2. Adam and Eve were given the freedom to choose to be in fellowship with their Creator.
    3. Adam and Eve abused their freedom to believe Satan's big lie.
  3. The result of sin is separation.
    1. People are separated from God
    2. People are separated from themselves.
    3. People are separated from each other
  4. Because of the “Fall”, everyone has a dark side
    1. Illustration: Empire Strikes Back – Luke’s Dark Side
    2. Sinful nature is the only explanation for shocking crimes.
    3. Left to themselves, people will gravitate toward evil.
      1. We want to believe that people are inherently good, but we find that more and more psychological experiments that people are not
      2. Illustration – Stanford Prison Experiment – terminated after six days
    4. Parents, counselors, and political leaders need to recognize the predisposition of people to sin.
      Illustration – J.I. Packer
      The phrase total depravity is commonly used to make explicit the implications of original sin. It signifies a corruption of our moral and spiritual nature that is total not in degree (for no one is as bad as he or she might be) but in extent. It declares that no part of us is untouched by sin, and therefore no action of ours is as good as it should be, and consequently nothing in us or about us ever appears meritorious in God's eyes. We cannot earn God's favor, no matter what we do; unless grace saves us, we are lost.
  5. Four statements about my sinful nature
    1. If unrestrained, my sinful nature is capable of heinous evil.
    2. I need Jesus to transform my sinful nature.
    3. I need the Spirit daily in my struggle against my sinful nature.
    4. I look forward to heaven when the victory will be won.
  6. Conclusion
    1. Christ death and resurrection can cleanse us to stand clean before our God
    2. When accept God, he cleans our sins and fills us with the Spirit and changes our very nature


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