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This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. A young woman named Mary was engaged to Joseph from King David's family. But before they were married, she learned that she was going to have a baby by God's Holy Spirit. Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly. While Joseph was thinking about this, an angel from the Lord appeared to him in a dream. The angel said, "Joseph, the baby that Mary will have is from the Holy Spirit. Go ahead and marry her. Then after her baby is born, name him Jesus because He will save His people from their sins.

-Matthew 1:18-21

The word sin simply means to .

Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.

-Luke 6:31

Jesus spoke to the crowd and said, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

-John 8:34

The wages we earn for sin is death…

-Romans 6:23

Jesus didn’t come just to save me my sin, He came to save me my sin.

Jesus doesn’t just save me from the of sin.  Jesus saves me from the of sin.

We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.

-Romans 6:6

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but now Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

 -Galatians 2:20

Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God.

-Romans 6:13

To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1. What stood out to you as you heard Gilbert explain the story of Mary and Joseph learning of their upcoming child?

2. How has learning the definition of the word “sin” changed your perspective of it?

3. How does Jesus giving you power over sin give you hope?

4. What is your next step as a result of this message?