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SIN & CONVERSION. What roles do sin and conversion play in Christian living?. SIN. CONVERSION. What is conversion? - elements - relation to 3 Cs 3 Interlocking Paths - repentance - discipleship - prophecy. What is sin? Opposite of sin? Personal vs. social sin?. What Is Sin?.

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What roles do sin and conversion

play in Christian living?

SIN

CONVERSION

What is conversion?

- elements

- relation to 3 Cs

3 Interlocking Paths

- repentance

- discipleship

- prophecy

What is sin?

Opposite of sin?

Personal vs. social sin?

what is sin
What Is Sin?

Scripture offers many different images of sin.

  • Intentional violation of God’s law (covenant)
    • - rebellion against God’s reign {pesha}
  • Idolatry - treating the finite as ultimate
  • Lack of right relationship; wickedness {awon}
  • Hardness of heart
  • Hamartia - missing the mark/target
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Common Features

Sin is a state of being alienated from God.

Sin refers an injury or breach in our integral relationships: it creates a chasm between:

GOD

SELF

NEIGHBOUR

SE

LF

Authentic

SELF

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God

Neighbour

If you do not love your neighbour whom you have

seen, how can you love God whom you have not

seen? 1 John 4:20

Sin involves saying no to goodness and, ultimately, to God.

Ex. Ungrateful servant/debtorMatthew 18:23-35

Authentic Self

Authenticity requires integrity.

Integrity holds the various part of the self

together & sin “disintegrates” or distorts the self.

personal vs social sin
Personal vs. Social Sin
  • Personal Sin
      • Primary agent = individual
      • Personal = the most immediate sphere of individual freedom
  • Social Sin
      • Primary agent = community as a whole
      • Structures of Sin = established patterns of communal interaction
          • E.g. prostitution of children in Asia
          • E.g. sweat shops
ultimately the two reinforce each other

ULTIMATELY THE TWO REINFORCE EACH OTHER

Individual Sin

Structural Sin

Individual exercise of freedom is shaped by social structures.

Social structures are shaped by individual actions.

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Sinvs.Sins

Sins = particular actions which

orient human freedom

away from God

Sin =an overall orientation

away from God

3 levels of sin
3 LEVELS OF SIN

Acts

words/thoughts

Dispositions

Lasting tendencies to action/being

Character

orientation of identity away from God

conversion the opposite of sin
Healing wounds in relationships through forgiveness & mercy.

The process of healing is called conversion or metanoia—turning away from sin and towards God (radical, root change of heart; John the Baptist)

Conversion = the opposite of Sin
c o n v e r s i o n

C O N V E R S I O N

what is conversion
What Is Conversion?

Conversion =

    • Change of the whole person
        • Heart
        • Mind
        • Soul
    • The transformation of character that flows from right relationship
  • --The central message of Jesus is the reign of God--
  • --The reign of God is the fruit of conversion--
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ThreeInterlocking Paths of Conversion

  • Repentance
  • Discipleship
  • Prophecy
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Repentance

  • To feel a sorrow for sin that moves one to change
  • Turn away from sin and towards God’s life and love
  • Falling out of love with evil and falling in love with God

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Discipleship

Leave all other securities behind and follow Jesus

A journey to a strange and unknown future; an adventure with risks

“Seek the kingdom first and all else will follow.”

“Come follow me.”

3

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Prophecy

  • “Private conversion is really no conversion.”

(Conn, p.235)

  • True conversion is both personal and social.
  • See and speak the truth, unmask injustice
  • Stand with the oppressed in struggle for justice
  • Work for real social change

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summary major elements of conversion
Summary: Major Elements of Conversion

1) Character Transformation - identification with the Christian story

2) Divine Agency - initiated, directed, and sustained by God

3) Human Agency - free response to God’s invitation

  • 4) Ongoing - lifelong process of sanctification;
  • 2 steps forward, 1 step back
  • “born again” Christian

5) Personal & Social (e.g. South Africa, Northern Ireland)

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Conversion as a Dance with God

Learning to dance with God

involves growing into rhythm with God.