Friday, November 23, 2007

A Study of Sin and Temptation

A few women from our church have signed up to do the read-a-long for John Owen's "Overcoming Sin and Temptation" over at http://www.challies.com/

This week, we're on Chapter Two. Here is his summary:

"The thesis of the second chapter is this: “Believers ought to make the mortification of indwelling sin their daily work.” The question we must ask ourselves and the exhortation of the author is this:

Do you mortify; do you make it your daily work; be always at it while you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you.
The rest of the chapter is given or to reasons that we must be at the business of killing sin. It follows this outline:

Indwelling sin always abides; therefore it must always be mortified
Indwelling sin not only abides, but is still acting
Indwelling sin is not only active, but will produce soul-destroying sins if not mortified Indwelling sin is to be opposed by the Spirit and the new nature
The results of neglecting the mortification of indwelling sin
It is our duty to perfect holiness in the fear of God and grow in grace every day."
I haven't finished Chapter Two yet, so don't have too many thoughts yet. So far this study has already got me back on my heels - looking at the truth about the battle/struggle against sin that is going on below the surface all the time, even though it is totally natural for me to not even see it. Guess that's why Owen says, "Be Killing Sin Or It Will Be Killing You." And of course Owen doesn't leave us looking at our sin too long, because his writing is also infused with the holiness and mercy of God too.

I've got a lot of reading to do this weekend, in between visiting relatives, watching the history-making U of D vs. Del. State game, and trying to get my Christmas tree up. Praise God for so many enjoyable and hopefully edifying activities!

2 comments:

Bill Reichart said...

I am doing this read a-long as well, and Owen's book has definitely got be by the shirt collar...thanks for posting your thoughts.

bill from Provocative Church.

Deb said...

Hi Bill! Thanks for your comment. It's always such an encouragement to hear from you. I really appreciated your post on The Millenials last week too. Blessings to you in Christ. Deb