Dangerously Deceiving – Northwest Bible Church

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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Dangerously Deceiving

Ken Harrell

Senior Pastor

Key Scripture

James 1:12–15
Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death.

Take Away / Application

Temptation is common to everyone.

Discussion Questions

Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group or branch off with additional questions as discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.

  1. If testings come from God and temptations come from Satan, how do we know how to decipher between the two?
  2. Who’s to blame when we sin (environment, others, God, etc.)?
  3. How or why is the desire to sin different than my desire to do right? Discuss Romans 7:15–16
  4. What guardrails have I placed in my life to prevent desires from turning to sin? What do you need to do to avoid the areas where you are tempted?
  5. Pastor said that “Sin is an inside job.” How are you trying to fight an internal battle with external means?
  6. Sin is not a singular event—it’s a culmination of a process. Think of the last time you sinned, and identify the steps in the process where you kept choosing sin over choosing God.
  7. Talk as a group about the constant bombardment of temptation or enticements in our world. We are often lured to the bait, but blinded by the hook, and before we know it, we’re caught. What do you do to combat these? Discuss.
  8. Sin is a passing pleasure. In light of Hebrews 12:1, what do you need to “lay aside” today?
  9. We learned that there are three keys to winning over temptation: Salvation, Separation and Saturation. Is God King and Lord over your life today? Do you need to invite Him or re-invite Him to sit on the Throne of your life?
  10. Is there sin in your life today that you need to repent and confess to? Take the opportunity today to talk to someone about your sin, and embrace the grace and forgiveness that the Lord so graciously provides.
  11. Read Psalm 119:11. What practical steps can you take to saturate your life with the Word of God? How can your group help you?
  12. Where have you found victory over sin? What area(s) of victory could you share with those around you to encourage and give hope?

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Scripture Reference



Desire, Sin, Temptation