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This topic is adapted from the Bryan & Tracy Dwyer YouTube channel.

[Related Category: Sin]

The Bible warns us that sin brings death into our lives. But this is not just a statement about spiritual death or the eternal consequences of our sin. It has implications in our everyday lives.

Relational Death

Sin kills relationships. Think about it. When you sin against a friend or family member, it slowly chips away at that relationship. Eventually, if unchecked, sin can totally destroy a relationship.

[Related: Temptation: Don’t Let It Derail Your Marriage]

Emotional Death

Sin destroys emotions. Whether it’s your sin wreaking emotional havoc on someone else, or someone else wreaking emotional havoc on you. Sin has a way of killing us emotionally.

[Related Series: Handling Tough Emotions]

Financial Death

Sin is expensive. Whether it’s a divorce that leads to bankruptcy or a drunk driving accident the racks up the hospital bills, sin costs us individually and as a society.

[Related Series: Dollars and Sense]

Physical Death

Sometimes sin can literally kill. Murder is a sin, listed in the original Ten Commandments. War is the result of sin on many levels. Drunkenness is a sin, and drunk driving has taken many innocent lives.

[Related Category: Alcohol]

Spiritual Death

Ultimately, sin really does result in spiritual death and separation from God. That’s what Romans 6:23 is talking about. But read on in the verse and you’ll see the good news. The point the author is making is that God rescues us through Jesus Christ.

[Related Series: Foundations]

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. Share an example of how sin can bring relational death. Has it ever happened to someone close to you?
  4. How can sin impact a person’s emotions?
  5. Share a time when your (or someone else’s) bad choices cost you financially. 
  6. Read Romans 6:23. In your own words, describe spiritual death. How did Jesus defeat it?
  7. Are you confident that you won’t experience spiritual death? If not, talk about getting to the faith moment
  8. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.

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