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Part 4: Sin



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Kid City Team Night – We need your help!

Did you know that every month it takes a TON of volunteers to prepare all of the arts and crafts, games, and lesson plans for our kids ministry? That’s where you come in! At 6:30pm on Tuesday, May 2 at the North campus and Thursday, May 4 at the East campus you’re invited to help us make it all happen. From cutting out crafts, to organizing lesson plans, building crazy games, and more – it’s a lot of fun and it’s a huge way for you to support Kid City. For more information or to let us know if you can help go to

Serve The City

Serve The City is back! We’ve got incredible opportunities the whole month of July as we team up with our missions partners from around Knoxville and serve together. We’ll spend a few hours each Wednesday night doing some landscape work at our schools, spending time with the residents at the assisted living facilities, helping some of the local community and ministry centers, and much more. It all starts Wednesday night, July 5, so to sign up go to

Volunteer Interest Meeting, July 2

If you’ve been coming to OneLife but haven’t started volunteering, then it’s time to get on the team! Come to our next Volunteer Interest Meeting that we call “Test Drive” on Sunday, July 2 at 10:00am in the Meeting Room of your campus. For more information about volunteering or to get signed up go to!


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Think back through Sunday’s message. What stuck out?

Key Scriptures:

Genesis 2:19-20; Genesis 3:1-21

Bottom Line:

Sin is the great spoiler…it ruins everything!

Key Notes:

  • “Sin” and “mistake” are two completely different words! We use the word “mistake” to avoid the reality of our sinfulness.
  • Sin is a deliberate act of rebellion; a transgression against a divine authority or moral law.
  • Mistake is an error in action or judgment, caused by poor reasoning, carelessness, or insufficient knowledge.
  • Sin breaks relationship – with God and with others.
  • Sin is the great spoiler…it ruins everything!
  • Even in the midst of all that happened when Adam and Eve sinned, God still went looking for them.


Start Talking – Get the Conversation Started!

  • Have you ever had something brand new and “perfect” that got ruined like a new car smell being ruined by something rotten?

Start Thinking

  • Read Genesis 2:25. Why did Adam and Eve feel no shame? What had not yet happened, and what does this teach us about the effects of sin?
  • Read Genesis 3:6-7. What happened when Adam and Eve sinned? What did they do in response and why?
  • Read Genesis 3:8-9. What did God do after Adam and Eve sinned? What do we learn about God from the question he asked in verse 9?

Start Sharing

  • Read Genesis 3:1. What is the first thing Satan does to try to get Eve to sin? What ways have you also felt tempted to question God in an area?
  • When have you seen the shame that comes from sin lead you or someone else to try to cover it up like Adam and Eve did? Why do you think we naturally revert to this?
  • Read Genesis 3:21. What does God do here that they couldn’t do for themselves? Thinking about how God went looking for Adam and Eve, and then did this, all after they sinned, how does this help you see God differently? What does this mean God is doing for you even when you sin?

Start Doing

  • Read 1 Corinthians 10:13. What is the difference between sin and temptation? What are the ways that God will often provide for you to avoid sin, and what can you do when you are tempted to take advantage of those?
  • Read 1 John 1:9. Instead of trying to cover your own sin when you find yourself there, what can you do instead to let Jesus cover your sin? What does it mean to confess, and how do you do it?
  • How does being honest about sin impact the story you have to tell other people around you about Jesus? How will being honest about it help you relate on a “real” level with them?

Start Praying

  • As you pray, thank God for giving you a way to cover your sin through Jesus!
  • Confess to God the ways that you minimize your sin as simple “mistakes” or try to cover sin on your own rather than going to him.
  • Ask God to help you trust Him for forgiveness of sin and to not minimize the effects of sin on your life when it is left unconfessed.

Start Digging

  • Genesis 3
  • Romans 3:9-20

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