Scott Worthington

Acceptable Sins (Part 3)

The Book of James
May 30, 2021
James 4:17

In this message, Pastor Scott continues our journey through the New Testament book of James and teaches on the culturally “acceptable” sins of omission. What are sins of omission and why do we sometimes not do what we know is right? That’s what we explore in this message! Let us know in the comments what stood out to you!

Sermon Notes


Failing to Do the Right Thing


Sins of Commission – Doing what is wrong


Sins of Omission – Not doing what is right.


“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” James 4:17


How do we know the right thing to do?


  1. God speaks to us through his Word as we spend time with Him


God speaks to us through His word! If it’s in God’s word, you don’t need to pray about it!

  • Worship

  • Spending time with God

  • Have Community in your life

  • Be generous with what you have

  • Loving your neighbor

  • Love your enemies

  • Flee sexual immortality

  • Honor your parents

  • Honor your marriage

  • Be on mission


  1. God speaks to us through His Spirit as we walk with Him


God will never speak to me in contradiction to His word


Why do we not do what we know is right?


We think we have more time

“Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes” James 4:13-14


We don’t see the immediate benefit of it


“Trust in the Lord and do good; Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:3-4


We are unwilling to do it


We think we know better than God


How should we respond?

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