Sermon Series Archive Seven Deadly Sins
Gluttony: The Sin Of Excess
In this final installment of our Seven Deadly Sins series we look at Gluttony, the sin of excess. During this teaching Josh invites us to think about the ways we live in excess, because Gluttony isn’t just about food. In reality, Gluttony is the other six sins on steroids. The path toward freedom, from all the Deadly Sins, is the path of Jesus, the path of the cross, which is the same path he calls us all to walk.
Sloth: Missing Out On Joy
As we jump back into our series through the Seven Deadly Sins, Josh invites us to reimagine sloth. Sloth isn’t just laziness. One could be very busy, and still struggle with sloth. Sloth is apathy, indifference, failing to be passionate about the things God is passionate about. Sloth causes us to listen to the voice of fear, and ultimately, to miss out on joy. Sloth isn’t to be underestimated.
Wrath: Letting Anger Win
As we continue our Lent series on the Seven Deadly Sins we explore Wrath, also known as Anger. In this teaching, Josh discusses two different kinds of anger. First, there is a healthy anger at the injustices that happen all around us–and even to us. However, this anger can fester and dig deeper and deeper into our hearts until it becomes deadly. The only option-day after day, moment by moment–is to entrust our anger to God and his justice.
Lust: Moving Beyond Our Cravings
Cravings. We all have them. Cravings for success, power, possessions, chocolate, and, yes, even sex. In this teaching we learn that lust begins in the mind, in the heart, but that eventually, when left unchecked, it will make its way into our actions. That’s why Jesus calls us to deal with lust in our thoughts, before it takes control of our lives. True freedom is freedom from having to give in to every craving that strikes us, choosing life and fidelity instead.
Greed: Bursting The Bubble
As we continue our journey through the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ we come to the sin of Greed. This sin has too often, in our culture, been recast as a virtue instead of a vice. However, as Josh invites us to see, Greed is deadly and we must embrace new and generous practices to combat the damaging effects of Greed in our lives.
Envy: The Green Eyed Poison
For our next installment in our ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ series Josh talks about the green-eyed-monster, better known as ‘Envy’. While envy may seem, on the surface, to be undeserving of the term ‘deadly’, a deeper look reveals the danger that envy poses. Envy is a bitter poison that wrecks relationships and, ultimately, kills its host.
Pride: The Hell of Isolation
This week Josh begins our journey through each of the ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ by taking a look at pride. Using Jesus’ parable about a rich man and a beggar named Lazarus, Josh invites us to see pride differently, not just as a minor nuisance, but as a deadly force that isolates us from others–including God. According to the parable, pride is hell; and not just in the next life, but in this one.
Sin: Vandalism Of Shalom
Josh begins our Lent 2013 series on the Seven Deadly Sins by asking the question, “What is sin?” Beyond basic definitions [like ‘missing the mark’], Josh invites us to see sin as something even more destructive–a disruption of the peace and harmony God desires for the world. “Sin,” according to Cornelius Plantinga “is blamable human vandalism” of the peace, the shalom, that God desires for his world.