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Everyone sins, and in many cases even our responses to sin can be sinful. Here are 10 examples. Adapted from Doctrine by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears, p167.

10 Sinful Responses to Sin:

  1. Minimizing sin
  2. Legitimizing sin (Romans 6:1-2)
  3. Rationalizing sin
  4. Blame-shifting (Genesis 3:11-13)
  5. Diversionary tactics
  6. Partial confession
  7. Worldly grief (2 Corinthians 7:10)
  8. Victimization
  9. Mere confession
  10. Codifying sin

[Related Topic: Addiction]

Discussion Questions:

  1. Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
  2. What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
  3. Which of these 10 responses have you been guilty of in the last week? Make a list.
  4. Read Romans 6:1-2. Have you ever tried to legitimize your sin? What was the result?
  5. Read Genesis 3:11-13. Who did the blame-shifting here, and what was the result?
  6. Read 2 Corinthians 7:10. What is the difference between “worldly grief” and “godly grief”?
  7. Which of these 10 responses do you need to watch out for in your life? Explain.
  8. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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