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Little Sins: Zooming In On A Big Problem


Little Sins is a four-session sermon series that will confront your students’ misbelief that there are such things as “little” sins. By discussing four sins they are sometimes tempted to see as less severe than others, Little Sins will challenge your students to see all sins as equally destructive and urge them to love God and their neighbor more sincerely.

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When it comes to the sins in our lives, we’ll find any reason to make them not seem as bad as they really are. That’s how we end up with “big” sins like murder or adultery and “little” sins like gossip, pride, anger, and envy. Even though we can try to excuse these “little” sins away, the reality is that all sins are equally destructive to our relationships with God, our neighbors, and even ourselves. To rightly pursue holiness, righteousness, and love, we need to recognize sin for what it is – no matter how big or small we think it may be.

  • Session Overview
  • What's Included

    • Any large group setting
    • Mid-week youth service
    • "Master teacher” format 


    • Session 1 – Gossip (Proverbs 18:21) | Gossip can seem harmless on the surface. It can even feel good to gossip from time to time. What the person we’re gossiping about doesn’t know won’t hurt them, right? When we view gossip as a little sin, we run the risk of corrupting ourselves and everyone around us, not just the person we’re gossiping about. So instead, we should use our words to give life and build others up because that is the way of Jesus.
    • Session 2 – Pride (Romans 3:19-20, 27) | Pride might be one of the sneakiest little sins. It can manifest itself in many ways and can harden our hearts before we realize it. The Bible is clear that God opposes the proud and gives grace to the humble, but what can we do to make sure that pride isn’t taking root in our lives? In order to combat pride, we need to have faith in God alone and make others more important than ourselves.
    • Session 3 – Anger (Ephesians 4:26-27) | Paul says that we should be angry yet not sin. So anger may not be a sin in and of itself, but it can become sinful depending on why we’re angry and how we respond to our anger. Anger can be devastating to our lives and the lives of others if we’re not careful, so we must learn to analyze our anger and rightly order our love.
    • Session 4 – Envy (James 4:1-3) | Comparison really is a thief of joy. When we compare ourselves to the people around us, we can quickly become discontent with our gifts, and that discontentment turns into envy, which only leads to resentment for everyone around us. So envy may seem like a little, internal sin, but it actually makes it impossible to love God, our neighbor, or ourselves. 

  • Detailed Sermon Outlines 

    Every Sermon Series comes with detailed sermon outlines. Teach them "as is" or adapt them to suit your specific ministry context. 

    Discussion questions 

    Questions are designed to foster conversations, help students think critically about the teaching, and wrestle with how these Biblical truths impact their complicated and ever-changing lives. You can use these discussion questions to facilitate small groups after your large group teaching or even create handouts for students to work through the message as you go.

    Title and Background slides 

    These are designed to be dropped into your favorite presentation software to help you build a creative environment around your sermon. Use them as a backdrop for song lyrics, Scripture passages, teaching points, and any illustrations you choose to display.

    Artwork for promo and social media 

    Social media images, web banners, and a printable poster file are included. Perfect for newsletters, websites, social media platforms, or print them off for posters and bulletin inserts.

    Logo (including native logo design files) 

    We include a logo file and the native design files to allow you to use the logo in ways you see fit. 

    100% downloadable and adaptable

    You can download everything as soon as you finish your purchase. Nothing is shipped to you.


Overview and Sample Sermon

Overview and Sample Sermon

Download a full overview of Little Sins and sample the first sermon in the series.

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