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By W. Jay Tyree
College Hill Church of Christ 

Spiritually Speaking

Defining sin


August 9, 2019

If you’ve been around me much, these last few weeks, I’ve probably mentioned a book I’ve been reading by Ken Ham called “Gospel Reset” (salvation made RELEVANT). I have to admit, the title kept me from beginning this read for quite a while. It seemed that Ken was saying we needed to fix the Gospel to make salvation “relevant.” Of course, that was not his intention at all. Just for reference sake, Ken is the founder of Answers in Genesis, the Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter. If you have a moment, you might take a look at some of his work.

The reason Ken’s book is holding my attention so well, is its relevance to a sermon we hope to preach this Sunday. For years, I have carried around an outline entitled “Dealing with Sin – Three Approaches.” In short, we might deny that sin exists at all, admit that others sin but we have no problem ourselves, or admit our sin and answer the call of the savior. Until I wrestled with Ken’s little book, I never felt the need to spend a lot of time defining terms – after all, everyone believes in God and knows what sin is.

Mr. Ham suggests (correctly, I believe) that in our post-modern, post-christian culture, neither of those assumptions is absolutely true. He speaks in terms of two kinds of conversions, The Acts 2 kind – people who have always known God and sought for a Messiah compared to the Acts 17 conversions – people who might be superstitious (or religious) but have no idea about the God of creation or His sacrificial Son. To share the gospel with the first group, one need only open the scriptures and let the God they already trust do the talking. But what of those who do not believe in the God of the Bible (and subsequently hold the teachings of the Bible as suspect).

So, this simple sermon has become a bit more of a challenge. I appreciate your prayers. By the way, we are “live-casting” on Facebook, these days. The feed comes on around 10:45, so if you can’t get out, you can invite us in. Friend request Wilson Tyree on Facebook or subscribe (free) to Dr, W Jay Tyree on for the edited version.


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