The Trap

The Trap

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If God's forgiveness makes Him look good, shouldn't we sin even more so He can show off? This one-off message on Romans 3:1-8 tackles the temptation to rationalize sin, as well as the gift of God's Word and God's reliability.


Doug's note: Great content... a lot to work from! 

If God's forgiveness makes Him look good, shouldn't we sin even more so He can show off? 

This one-off message focuses on Romans 3:1-8 and a string of fascinating questions the Apostle Paul answers from a group of Jewish Christians he had just rebuked. One in particular, whether or not they should sin more so God's grace would become even more apparent, brought a strong response from Paul!

This message teaches students three things in particular:
1) that God's words are a gift, 
2) that God is reliable, 
3) rationalizing sin is a trap.

Primary Scripture Used: Romans 3:1-8, 2 Timothy 2:11-13, James 2:14-15

This Resource Includes:

  • Complete message manuscript (Word file)
  • Alternative condensed manuscript for live-streamed settings (Word file)
  • Small group guide (Word file)
  • Student handout (two versions; one with blanks and one already filled in) (Word files)
  • PowerPoint presentation file
  • Sidekick 'Presenter' presentation file
  • Graphics package including title slide, content slide, and images for Instagram posts and stories (jpeg files)


Matthew McNutt

Matthew McNutt

Matthew and Heather have been in full time youth ministry for over twenty years. He is also a speaker, author, and ministry coach. They have four sons ranging from 15 to 22 years old, which means the majority of their time is spent buying food and replacing broken furniture. You can find all of Matthew's DYM resources here: