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Thursday, 07 August 2008 20:27

Part VIII - Know God's Word

Know God’s Word


What is the Bible?

  1. Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17. Who inspired the Bible?

  2. In verse 17, what is the result of a person trained in the scriptures?

    1. They will be C _____________ and

      E ______________ for every good work.

  3. Read 2 Peter 2:21, how did we come to have God’s Word?


Why should we read the Bible?

  1. According to 1 Peter 2:2-3, what causes us to grow spiritually?

  2. Read Psalm 19:7-11. What are some results of the Word of God in our lives?
    1. C ____________ the soul (v 7)

    2. Makes W ____________ the S ___________ (v7)

    3. Give J _____________ to the heart (v8)

    4. Gives L ____________ to the eyes (v8)

    5. They W ___________ God’s servant (v11)

    6. They result in G ___________ R _____________ (v11)

  3. According to John 8:31-32, what will happen when we
    continue in His word?

  4. Read 2 Timothy 3:15. What do the sacred scriptures give?
    1. W _________________

    2. What does this wisdom do?


How does the Bible help us in our battle against sin?

  1. There are times when sin is deeply rooted in our hearts. According to Hebrews 4:12, what does the Word of God help us to do?

  2. According to Ephesians 5:26, how are we sanctified and cleansed?

  3. The Bible says that when we are in Christ, we are a new creation. According to Colossians 3:10, what is happening to a man who is new in Christ?

    1. He is being R _________________ in


  4. In Colossians 3:10, who are we being renewed to be like?


    1. To the I_____________________ of Christ.

  1. Read Psalm 119:105. How does the Word of God guide us?

How do we learn God’s Word?

  1. Read 2 Timothy 2:15, how should our efforts be to accurately know and use the Word of God?

  2. What does Psalm 1:2 say a righteous man does?

  3. One of the great ways to know God’s Word is to memorize God’s word. According to Psalm 119:11, why should we memorize scripture?
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Friday, 07 August 2009 20:24

Part VII - Seek God

Overcoming Sin – Part 7

The Bible frequently urges us to seek God for help with our sins.

  1. Read Matthew 6:33, what should every believer be seeking after?

    1. His K __________________.

    2. His R __________________.

  2. Who is Jesus talking about in Matthew 5:6?

    1. A person who H ____________ and T ___________ for righteousness.

    2. What does Jesus promise will happen when they hunger and seek after righteousness?

Why do we seek God for righteousness?

  1. Read Isaiah 45:24, where is the only source of righteousness and strength?

God is the only source of righteousness and He will give His righteousness to those who seek Him.

  1. Read Philippians 4:19, what is God able to give us?

  2. Read 2 Peter 1:3, what has God’s divine power given us?

    1. All things that pertain to L _________________ and G


  3. Read Psalm 19:12-14. What does the author ask God to do?

    1. C ______________ him from secret faults.

    2. Keep him from P ___________________ S _________.

    3. That his sins would not have D _________________ over him.

  4. According to Psalm 19:12-14, what will be the result of this cleaning from God?

    1. B_____________.

    2. Innocent of G ____________ T ___________________.

  5. Hosea 14:1 is a call for God’s people to return to Him. What does the prophet Hosea tell the people to do?

    1. Pray to God and ask God to “take away all


  6. Read Psalm 51:10-12, what are some things that King David asked God to do to purify him?

We must seek God because He is able to purify our life.

  1. According to Genesis 20:6, who kept Abimelech from sinning?

  2. 1 John 5:16, what will God do when we ask Him to strengthen a sinning brother?

    1. G ____________ him L ____________.

  3. What did Paul pray for the Philippians in 1:9-11?

  4. What did Paul pray for the Thessalonian believers in 1 Thessalonians 5:23?
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Thursday, 06 August 2009 23:04

Part VI - Get Rid of Pride

Overcoming Sin – Part 6

The Problem

The importance of rooting out pride from our lives cannot be overstated. Pride is one of the biggest reasons people struggle with sins in their Christian walk.

1. Read Proverbs 16:5, who does this verse say is an abomination to the Lord?

2. According to Proverbs 16:18, what experience in a person’s life follows pride?

3. According to 1 John 2:16, where does pride come from?

The Result

A prideful person is anyone who is focused upon themselves.

The reason that pride is so devastating is found in James 4:6. Read James 4:6...

4. What is God’s stance towards those who are proud?

5. According to James 4:6, what does God do for the humble?

6. According to Isaiah 23:9, what will God do with the prideful?

7. If we are hoping to overcome sin, but are prideful, what kind of help can we expect to receive from God?

8. According to Luke 1:51, what does God do with those who were proud in their hearts?

9. If we do not receive God’s help when we are prideful, what likelihood will we be able to overcome the sin in our lives?

Therefore, when we have pride in our hearts, we no longer have the gracious strength of God working in us and suddenly our ability to overcome sin returns to simply being energy from the world, Satan, or our flesh (Eph 2:2).

How can we know if we have pride in our lives?

All people have pride in their lives. The question not “if” but “where”? By removing pride from our lives, we will enable ourselves to draw upon the Lord’s strength. Read the following lists of pride and mark any areas of your life*:

1. Complaining against or passing judgment of God (Numbers 14:1-4, 9, 11)

2. Wanting God to operate the way you think He should (Romans 9:20)

3. Boasting or Arrogance (1 Samuel 2:3)

4. A lack of gratitude (2 Chronicles 32:25)

5. Anger (Proverbs 28:25; Matthew 20:1-16)

6. Drinking (or drugs) (Habakkuk 2:4-5)

7. Forsaking one’s responsibilities (Habakkuk 2:5)

8. Selfish, se (2 Timothy 3:2)

9. Quick to fight or quarrel (Galatians 5:20)

10. Envy or covetousness (Galatians 5:20)

11. Seeing yourself as better than others (Luke 36-50)

12. Having an inflated view of your importance, gifts and abilities (Acts 12:21-23)

13. Being focused on the lack of your gifts and abilities (1 Corinthians 12:14-25)

14. Perfectionism (Matthew 23:24-28)

15. Talking too much (Proverbs 10:10)

16. Talking too much about yourself (Proverbs 27:2; Galatians 6:3)

17. Seeking independence or control (1 Corinthians 1:10-13; Ephesians 5:21)

18. Being consumed with what others think (Galatians 1:10)

19. Being devastated or angered by criticism (Proverbs 13:1)

20. Being unteachable (Proverbs 10:20; John 9:13-34)

21. Being sarcastic, hurtful, or degrading (Proverbs 12:18, 24)

22. A lack of service (Galatians 5:13; Ephesians 2:10)

23. A lack of compassion (Matthew 5:7, 18:23-35)

24. Being defensive or blame-shifting (Genesis 3:12-13; Proverbs 12:1)

25. A lack of admitting when you are wrong (Proverbs 10:17)

26. A lack of asking forgiveness (Matthew 5:23-24)

27. A lack of biblical prayer (Luke 18:10-14)

28. Resisting authority or being disrespectful (1 Peter 2:13-17)

29. Voicing preferences or opinions when not asked (Philippians 2:1-4)

30. Minimizing your own sin and shortcomings (Matthew 7:3-5)

31. Maximizing others’ sin and shortcomings (Matthew 7:3-5; Luke 18:9-14)

32. Being impatient or irritable with others (Ephesians 4:21-32)

33. Being jealous or envious (1 Corinthians 13:4)

34. Using others (Matthew 7:12; Philippians 2:3-4)

35. Being deceitful by covering up sins, faults and mistakes (Proverbs 11:3; 28:13)

36. Using attention-getting tactics (1 Peter 3:3, 4)

37. Not having close relationships (Proverbs 18:1-2; Hebrews 10:24-25)

* Excerpted and modified from “From Pride to Humility” by Stuart Scott

How do we remove pride from our lives?

10. According to Romans 12:3, how should we view ourselves? What does that mean?

11. According to Romans 12:16, how should we view ourselves? What does that mean?

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Wednesday, 06 August 2008 22:25

Part V - Truly Repent

Overcoming Sin – Part 5

What is repentance?

True repentance recognizes we have disobeyed and angered the Lord because of our sins. And since we love Him, we hate the sins in our own lives and stop doing those things that displease God.


1.     According to Psalm 41:4, when we sin, who are we sinning against? 

Repenting means seeing our sins as God sees them. Then, in our hatred of our sins, we seek to stop doing them.

2.     What does the Lord tell us in Luke 13:3 is the reason why we must repent?

3.     But not all “repentance” is true repentance. Read Exodus 10:16-17. Describe the reason why Pharaoh seemingly repented?

True repentance must come from God. Simply having sadness about how our behavior damages us is not true repentance.


4. In Isaiah 1:16-17, what are the two sides of true repentance? 

    1. C _______________ to do E ______________.

    2. L _______________ to do G ______________.


How do we repent?

We don’t become perfect overnight or by will-power, but we do confess and repent of the sins that God brings to our attention.


5. According to 2 Timothy 2:25, where does true repentance come from?


6.     According to 2 Timothy 2:26, what happens to those who truly repent?

7. Read 2 Corinthians 7:9-11 for an example of repentance that has been given by God. In verse 11, godly sorrow responds with: 

    1. D ________________  b. C ________________ (that is, removing the sin)

c.       I _________________ d. F _____________

e.       V ________________  D _____________

g.       Z ____________


What does repentance do?


8. What does James 4:8-10 say God will do when we repent?


9. What does Psalm 34:18 say about those with godly sorrow?


a. God is N __________ to the B ___________________.


b. God S ______________ those C ____________ in Spirit.


10. According to Titus 2:11-14 what will we be able to do when the grace of God’s salvation is applied to us?


D __________ U ___________________ (v 12).


D __________ W___________ D___________ (v 12).


We will be redeemed from L __________ Deeds (v 14)


We will be P _______________ (v 14)


We will be Z __________ for G ____________ Works.


11. If our spirit and heart are revived, how will this affect our response towards sin?


12. If our hearts our heavy, if God seems distant, perhaps we need to repent of some sins and give them up.


What does repentance look like?


13. An example of confession and repentance is found in Acts 19:17-20, what did the people do when they repented?

Conclusion: Repentance is to turn from or stop our sins. As we stop our sins, our walk with Christ will deepen. As we deepen our walk with Christ, He will strengthen us to be free from more sins. As we continue to repent of sins, our walk with Christ will grow deeper and stronger.

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Wednesday, 06 August 2008 21:42

Part IV - Confess Your Sins

Overcoming Sin – Part 4

The Problem of Sin

1. Read Isaiah 59:2, what does this say happens to our relationship with God when we sin?

The Solution to Sin

2. In 1 John 1:9, how does God forgive us our sins?


To confess a sin means to acknowledge your guilt for doing something because it was wrong and agree with God that you did do it.

3. What are the two promises in 1 John 1:9?

  1. He will F______________ us.

  2. He will C______________ us.



Why do we confess our sins?

Confession is more than just getting something off our chest. There is a very real reason why God has us confess our sins.


4. The answer is found in Leviticus 5:3-6. What two things must a person do to have their sins atoned for? (NOTE: “atone” means our sins are forgiven and washed away).

a. C_______________ that in which he has sinned (vs. 5).

b. Bring a G_____________ O_________________ for his sins (vs. 6). < br style="mso-special-character: line-break;" />


5. Leviticus 16 talks all about how the Lord atones for our sin through sacrifice. According to Leviticus 16:21, what was the priest to do when he laid hands upon the goat?


6. Having performed this ritual year after year, were they enough to stop God’s anger? How does Hebrews 10:1-4 this question?


7. Read Hebrews 10:10-14, what sacrifice has been offered on our behalf?

8. According to Hebrews 10:14, what did that one sacrifice accomplish?


9. According to Hebrews 10:22, what should our response be?

  1. D______________ N____________ with a


    S______________ H____________.


10. Returning to the thought we just reviewed about atonement as described in Leviticus 16:21, if Christ is our offering for sins, what is necessary to complete the atonement process? 


Confession of sins must be based upon Christ’s death on our behalf. We ignore the holiness of God when anyone asks God for forgiveness apart from the one sacrifice that satisfied His wrath.


Who should we confess our sins to?

11. According to 1 John 1:9, who should we confess our sins to?


12. According to James 5:16 who should we confess our sins to?


13. Read Exodus 10:16-17, from the example of Pharaoh, is all confession true repentance?

14. Read Psalm 51:2-3. How can confession remove sin from our lives?

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Wednesday, 06 August 2008 21:56

Part III - Understand What Sin Is

Overcoming Sin – Part 3

Know What Sin Really Is

What is sin?


  1. According to 1 John 3:4, sin is L_________________?


When the Bible says that sin is lawless, it means that we don’t obey God’s law—we have rejected the law of our Creator. When we sin, we refuse to do what God wants and instead we do what we want.

  1. Many times, when God says “don’t”, what He is really saying is don’t hurt yourself. How is this true with the first command God gave to Adam in Genesis 2:15-17?

  2. According to 1 John 5:17, Sin is U_________________.


  1. How does James 4:17 describe sin?

  2. How does Romans 14:23 describe sin?

  3. What does Isaiah 64:6 say about even our righteous deeds?

  4. What does Leviticus 5:16-19 say even about unintentional sins?

What causes us to sin?


  1. According to Matthew 15:18, our sins come from our


  1. According to James 1:14-15, sins comes from our own



a.        Knowing that sin comes from evil desires, what should we do about our desires?

  1. According to Jeremiah 17:9, the heart is D____________.

  2. According to Hebrews 3:13, we can become hardened to the

    D_______________ of Sin.

  3. Based upon Jeremiah 17:9 and Hebrews 3:13 why do we sometimes not think our sins are not that bad?

  4. According to 1 John 3:8, who are we letting empower us when we sin?

  5. Read Ephesians 2:1-3; what three forces are we joining with when we sin?

    1. The P_____________ of the air.

    2. The W ____________.

    3. The L_________ of our F_________ and M _________.

What are the results of sin?


  1. Read 1 Corinthians 8:12, who do we really hurt when we hurt another Christian?

  2. Read Hebrews 12:1, what does sin do to our walk with Christ?

  3. What does Isaiah 59:2 say about how sin affects our relationship with God?

  4. Read Galatians 5:19-21 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, what does this passage say about people who refuse to give up their sins?

  5. According to Romans 1:26 and 28, what does God do with people who refuse to repent and do not trust in Christ?


  1. According to Ezekiel 18:4, sin leads to D___________.

  2. Read Revelation 20:1-4, what happens to those who do not repent?

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Wednesday, 06 August 2008 21:44

Part II - Become a Disciple of Jesus

Overcoming Sin – Part 2

Become a Disciple of Jesus


What is a disciple?

A disciple is a person who follows Jesus. That person trusts Jesus’ guidance, and walks according to God’s ways.

What is a disciple?

  1. John 8:31 says that a disciple is one who B___________ in Him.

  2. John 8:31-32 says that a disciple is one who K_____________ the truth.

  3. John 8:31 says, we are disciples when we A______________ in His W________________.



Not all disciples of Jesus were true followers of Jesus.

  1. In John 6:60-61, what did the disciples say about Jesus’ words?

  2. In John 6:66, what did they do? 

  3. In John 6:68-69 why did the Twelve Disciples stay with Jesus?

  4. In our own lives, how can Peter’s words help us to continue following Jesus when our faith is tested?

What does a disciple do?

1. In Matthew 9:36-38, Jesus tells the disciples to pray for more

_____________. Therefore, the disciples are _____________

for Ch rist.


2. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus tells the disciples to go into the world and make more disciples. What are the disciples are to do?


  1. B_______________ them.

  2. T _______________ them to observe all that Jesus



    1. In Matthew 28:20, what does Jesus promise to His disciples?

How does being a disciple help me overcome sin?

1. What is Jesus’ promise in John 8:31-32 to his disciples?

When we become D______________ we will K___________

the T_________________ and the Truth shall set us


    1. In regards to overcoming sin, why is this so important

2. How does Luke 6:40 describe a fully trained disciple?

3. John 13:35 says that all people will know that we are disciples

of Jesus if we L______________ one another.

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Wednesday, 06 August 2008 21:36


Many Christians struggle with besetting sins. The sins cover the range of the whole human condition. Being that I minister in Skid Row, I have had numerous conversations with people to shepherd them out of their sinful habits and patterns.

Most people I meet have been told that they just need to "REPENT!". Others have been told that they need to just accept by faith the deliverance that God has given to them. Many are waiting for God to suddenly give them superman strength to overcome their addictions. Some have tried 12 Step programs and try to use accountability to prop each other up in the face of temptation. All of them are discouraged and have given up. Within this atmosphere of hurt and defeat, we seek to minister Christ's love and transforming power to these hurting souls who are so badly needing the Lord's transforming cleansing.

There is hope in the Lord! We can have victory over sin! True, lasting change is possible and can happen to even the worst sinner! Our Bible study on defeating sin has several regular attenders. These are comprised of a kind and gentle man who did hard time in jail for murder and was such a problem to the prison system that he was flown between prisons in an airplane alone and bolted with chains to the floor. Another man is wise man of God who spent decades selling hard-drugs on the streets. Another man spent 8 or more years living in a card-board box as an alcoholic and is just beginning to walk with his Lord. More attend, but these men are a testimony to being truly set free by Jesus.

This study hasn't transformed these men (in fact we've only just begun), so they have already been transformed by God. They have already been faithful to Him and He has blessed them and changed them. They were not changed by programs, but by the abiding, transforming presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Most of these attendees are actually co-laborers in our effort and essentially are the live-in servants downtown for the One At A Time Baptist Church. They have already been set free by the Lord and now they are teaching others also. So we have begun this study to help them in their own lives, to broaden and deepen their ministry, and to give help, strength, understanding, and support to the others who also attend.

Overcoming addictions requires fewer steps that 12, but many, many more principles. The underlying philosophy behind this ministry is that in Christ we have available to all of us all the power and strength we need to overcome our own individual sins. But that power is not like electricity so that we would be "slain", nor it is not like a soda machine where we pump in the right prayer and out comes victory. Rather it is the ability to obey given to the faithful soul who abides in the Lord.

In many ways, overcoming sin is simply growing in Christ. Though we will never be completly free from our struggle with, spiritual maturity naturally strengthens us against sin. Thus, this study is as much on the fundamentals for Christian maturity as they are for defeating sin. Once again, they are not "steps", but they are components.

Sin comes from our flesh so the flesh needs to be reckoned with. Sin also comes from our mind, so our thinking and thoughts need to be purified. Sin comes from our desires, so our hearts and "wants" need to be purified. Sin comes from our habits, so our habits need to be reshaped. Sin comes from our idols, so our worship needs to change. Sin comes from demonic forces, so they need to be reckoned with. As these areas of our lives are brought into submission to the Lord, we will experience great victory over sin.

These are the handouts of the study we are going through. They are mostly fill-in the blank questions. The material is straight-forward enough that several people have gone through the material on their own. Most fill-ins have the first letter of the word and thus all these studies are designed to be used with the New King James Version. The study is on-going (current as of 8/5/04) and I'll add to this page as the hand-outs are completed. The rough outline is at the bottom. It is very different from the course material, but gives a guideline for the direction we are going.

Please send me an email if these handouts have been helpful to you or if you have any thoughts or advice. Thanks.
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Wednesday, 06 August 2008 21:27

Part I - Be Born Again

This is the first chapter of the Bible Study material on overcoming sin. It is keyed to the New King James Version and does not require much if any Bible study skills.


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