Doing things that we would consider to be sin is frowned upon, but so is having an honest, vulnerable conversation about sin in our lives—or the life of a friend. Ever since sin entered the world, it has bound God’s image-bearers in shackles of shame. We hide when we feel shame. We avoid people. We don’t talk about things that provoke a sense of shame in us. But talking honestly with trusted friends about sin can bring light into darkness, which will lead to freedom and peace. Something God wants for all of us!
Sin is a loaded word. For some people, the word evokes painful memories of being shamed. For others it evokes a long list of do’s and don’ts. With that complex and complicated terrain in mind, it’s tempting to avoid the topic altogether, but that is not what the Bible does. In John 8, Jesus implies that everyone has been marred by sin—a weighty claim, but one that can be found throughout the Bible. We will dive into this challenging topic and help each other see what sin really is.
Experiencing unity with other Christians is about more than smiles and high-fives at church on Sunday morning or Wednesday night. It's about our attitudes and actions, our willingness to help and serve, and our demonstrations of genuine love.