It’s difficult to solve a problem when you don’t understand what’s wrong to begin with. We all have vices—things we know we shouldn’t do, that we tell ourselves not to do, and that we then do anyway. And most of us have been trying to fix those issues for years. We’ve doubled down on will power. We’ve sought counseling. We’ve recruited an accountability
partner. And yet, we keep doing what we know we shouldn’t do.
Many of us have been trying to solve the problem of “us” for a long time. Some of you have lost friends, family, or jobs because you couldn’t solve you. Some of you have paid someone good money to solve you. But what if the real problem is that you don’t know what the problem is?
BIG IDEA: One unrighteous act of one man ensured you were born a slave to sin.
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I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. – Romans 7:15-16 (NIV)
For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Romans 7:18-19 (NIV)
As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. Romans 7:17 (NIV)
For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Romans 3:23 (NIV)
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.
Romans 5:6 (NIV)
Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Romans 5:7-8 (NIV)
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned… – Romans 5:12 (NIV)