Mistakes affect you personally and we make them personally. Are mistakes holding you back? Or perhaps its sin that is holding you back? Today we want to discuss the difference in the two, and why it matters!

Start Talking

  • What is a recent mistake you have made? Perhaps you have taken a wrong turn, ordered the wrong Starbucks drink for a friend, etc.
  • What is something in your story that you would consider to be a big mistake?
  • How have you been affected by other people’s mistakes?

Think About It

  • What is the difference between a mistake and sin? Why does it matter to differentiate the two? Is it easy for you to identify/name sin in your life?
  • Talk about Stephen’s definition of sin: “Sin is anything that you think, say or do that is hurtful to you or those around you.” What stands out to you? Is there anything about his definition that is different from how you have previously learned about sin?
  • When did you begin to understand the difference between the two? How did this realization affect you?

Look It Up

Read Luke 15:11-24.

  • What stands out to you?
  • What would you say is the point of this story?
  • In what ways can you relate to the prodigal son? Have you ever made mistakes on purpose? 
  • Describe a time in your life have you begun to realize that your mistakes are revealing something deeper that is broken in you?
  • How have you experienced sin separate you from others and God?
  • What should our response to our sin be?
  • If the Jesus of The Bible was attracted to sinners (Mathew 9:9-13, Luke 9:1-10,John 8:1-11), then what does that reveal about how Jesus feels about you? Do you believe that He likes you?

What Now?

  • How do you need the Father to become more personal to you?
  • Write this down, and put it somewhere you can see it : “Because of Jesus, my personal sin doesn’t have to define or deny me anymore.”

Additional Resources

Do you or someone in your group have questions about the Bible, God, Jesus, etc? We would love for you to join a Starting point group!
Sin by Church of the City (Podcast)
Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis (Book)