Let’s start by addressing the elephant in the room. We ALL sin. Maybe that’s something you’ve never heard before and you’re surprised by it – or maybe you’ve heard it so often that you’ve become numb to the idea of it. Either way, it’s an inescapable truth about our humanity. We are ALL sinners. The Bible tells us as much in Romans 3:23 “ALL have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.” So regardless of your ethnicity, nationality, gender or social status…if you are human, you have sinned.
If we are all sinners, WHY do we sin? The simple answer is that it’s in our nature to do so. Adam and Eve made a conscious choice to disobey God’s instruction in the Garden of Eden and when they did humanity’s relationship with God was forever changed. That choice allowed sin to become a part of human nature and separate us from God. Generations later, humanity is still sinning. Many of us have even fallen into sinful patterns where we commit the same sin over and over and over again. God is calling us all up to a higher standard, but is that a standard we can even achieve? We know that throughout the course of human history, only one person has ever been able to achieve living a sinless life – Jesus, God’s son. That’s a pretty high bar. Is there even hope for us?
If you’re looking for an instant and magical fix, there isn’t one. But, yes, there is hope.
The first and most important thing we can do is to fix the broken relationship we have with God. How? Through Jesus. Remember, Jesus is the only person who has ever lived a sinless life. That is REALLY important. You see, the Bible tells us in Romans 6:23 that the consequence of sin is death. Since Jesus never sinned, He didn’t deserve death. But He died anyway and rose 3 days later — and here is the key — He didn’t die for HIS sins, but for YOUR sins and the sins of all the world. When we admit that we are sinners, believe that Jesus died for our sins and confess Him as our Lord and Savior, not only do we have the promise of everlasting life, but He wipes away our sins in the eyes of God. Through Jesus, we are able to be back in relationship with God the Father the way it was intended in the beginning, because when God looks at us, he doesn’t see our sin — but the perfection of Jesus.
A decision to follow Jesus is the most important decision you can make in this life – one that has eternal ramifications. However, it doesn’t fix the brokenness of your humanity. That’s going to take some work. A true change in your heart should change your desire away from WANTING to sin, to NOT WANTING to sin – but it doesn’t mean you’ll never sin again. Sin is something we will always struggle with in our humanity. Many Christians struggle daily with habitual sin and wonder what can be done to break the pattern. Maybe that’s you. Maybe you’ve read books, watched videos or Google’d the subject using every keyword you could possibly think of to no avail. You’re at the end of your rope and you don’t know what to do next.
This is where re:gen comes in. You can read all about WHAT re:gen is here, but let’s talk about HOW re:gen can help you break the pattern of your habitual sin. In re:gen, we’re going to teach you HOW to meet with God daily and learn new things about the sin that you struggle with. You’ll learn HOW to bring that sin to God in a healthy and healing way. More importantly, it’s HOW you gather in safe and confidential groups where you will find freedom in knowing that you are not alone in your sin. You’ll work together, weekly, as a group to work on HOW to overcome and get to the best God has for you. It won’t always be easy. Confession, especially of our deepest and darkest sins, can be painful and embarrassing…but what if this is your moment to turn it around and experience freedom and power like you never have before? Isn’t that worth a shot?