Enough with pornography, selfishness, anger, drunkenness, adultery, lying, fornication, and every deed of darkness. In this lab, Pastor John tells us that we’ve already sinned enough; it’s time to live for God.
Principle for Bible Reading
Look for Sequences in Lists
Often, when we see lists in the Bible (for example, lists of virtues or vices, like those found in Romans 1:29–31 and Colossians 3:12–14), we might assume that there isn’t any connection between the items on the list (and there may not be). But by assuming that no sequence exists, we may pass over insights we might have found had we paused and asked whether any relationship existed between the items.
The first step for identifying whether a sequence exists consists in defining each item on the list. Knowing how each item differs from the rest helps us observe any patterns or progressions. After defining the terms, ask whether the items on the list progress or can be categorized in some way.
- In 1 Peter 4:3–4, Peter describes how conversion changes a person’s behavior. Do you see any of your past life on this list? From what other sins has God delivered you?
- Do you see any connection or sequence between the different sins mentioned in 1 Peter 4:3?
- Peter tells us that we have sinned enough already and that it is time to forsake old sins and live for God. What sins do you need to lay down? Consider sharing your answer with a trusted Christian friend.