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6 Step Digression

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6 Step Digression

  1. 1. The Nature of Growth Ephesians 4
  2. 2. Ephesians 4:17-19 <ul><li>17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye no longer walk as the Gentiles also walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their heart; 19 who being past feeling gave themselves up to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Sin Is Like a Seed
  4. 4. Sin When it Goes too Far!
  5. 5. How Does it Get That Far? <ul><li>Most Christians never see it coming </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dr. Ben Gutierrez </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“Every Man’s Battle” Pg. 85 </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. 6 Step Digression <ul><li>Each Step gets worse </li></ul>
  7. 7. Step #1 Vanity of their Mind <ul><li>17 “This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye no longer walk as the Gentiles also walk, in the vanity of their mind,” </li></ul><ul><li>Talking about Christians </li></ul><ul><li>Vanity =something that is empty, or valueless </li></ul>
  8. 8. Step #1 Vanity of their Mind <ul><li>Taking your mind off of God </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not doing devotions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This Step contains Fuzzy thinking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Questioning Biblical truths </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Is it really wrong to drink?.... </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Step #2 Darkened Understanding <ul><li>18 “being darkened in their understanding” </li></ul><ul><li>Dark thinking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rationalizing Bigger sin issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stealing, Sex, fighting, drinking, Drugs….. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thinking in a whole different way </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Have you ever asked a Christian, “Why would you think that?” </li></ul>
  10. 10. Step #3 Alienation <ul><li>“ alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them,” </li></ul><ul><li>Withdrawn State: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>a feeling of being isolated or withdrawn, or of not belonging to or sharing in something </li></ul></ul><ul><li>to cause somebody to change his or her previously friendly or supportive attitude and become unfriendly, unsympathetic, or hostile </li></ul>
  11. 11. Step #3 Alienation <ul><li>Don’t feel like you fit in Church anymore </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t go to church anymore </li></ul>
  12. 12. Step #4 Hardening Of their Heart <ul><li>“because of the hardening of their heart;” </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t feel guilt for the sin you do </li></ul>
  13. 13. Step #5 Lasciviousness <ul><li>“19 who being past feeling gave themselves up to lasciviousness” </li></ul><ul><li>Lewd, Erotic, Grotesque </li></ul><ul><li>Dangerously Down the slope </li></ul><ul><li>Rape, Adultery, Molestation, Homosexuality, …….. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Step #6 Greed <ul><li>“to work all uncleanness with greediness.” </li></ul><ul><li>Greed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong Desire for more: an overwhelming desire to have more of something </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Uncontrollable Self-indulgence </li></ul>
  15. 15. Nature of a Seed <ul><li>Small </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to destroy </li></ul><ul><li>2 Cor. 10:5 </li></ul><ul><li>“Bring every thought </li></ul><ul><li>into captivity to the </li></ul><ul><li>obedience of Christ.” </li></ul>

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