Why should we care to study the seven deadly sins? One answer is so that you will learn to recognize their lure before they “hook” you, just like you want to recognize the lure of the shady salesman before he takes your wallet. A pastor once wrote, “Be killing sin or it will be killing you.” So one reason why you want to study sins is so that we can kill them in us and so keep them from killing us.
Another answer comes from the introduction in Killjoys. “Our love affairs with sin are not just a matter of morality, though, but of joy.” So, how’s your joy these days? Sin overpromises joy. You’ve experienced that, right? Sin is a liar, promising the good life to those who follow its wiles. Sin keeps us away from full happiness found in God, both now and lasting forever. More from Killjoys …
Christianity is not merely or even mainly about correcting your bad habits, but about satisfying and fulfilling you in the deepest way possible, and therefore making God look as great as he is. Our hearts were designed to enjoy a full and forever happiness, not the pitiful temporary pleasures for which we’re too prone to settle. Pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust are all woefully inadequate substitutes for the wonder, beauty, and affection of God. As first hopes or dreams or loves, they are killjoys by comparison to Christ. They will rob you, not ravish you. They will numb you, not heal you. They will slaughter you, not save you.
What: 8 sessions. Homework: read about 20 minutes each week of Killjoys: The Seven Deadly Sins edited by Marshall Segal.
When: Starting June 3rd and going through July 29th, with no class July 1st.
Two Class Options:
Option 1: Wednesday lunchtime (12:05-12:50pm). This is for men only. Bring your lunch.
Option 2: Wednesday evenings (6:30-8:00pm). This is for all adult men and women.
Book: Available via free ebook (see Pastor Tim for details). Or sign up by May 18th to order a regular book – cost $10.
Does this sound interesting to you? Sign up in the foyer. Contact Pastor Tim (748 4936, firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.