Notwithstanding the above, my suspicion is that people are discouraged not because a pastor teaches or preaches on sin (the fact that we have so many police shows on television may speak to our fascination with it). Rather, my suspicion is that people are discouraged by sin because they themselves cannot see a way out. The preacher says, "stop sinning." The lay person says, "show me how." Helplessness . . . powerlessness . . . this is the human condition. And for some . . . this feels like the Christian condition. It shouldn't be. It's not meant to be.
Does powerlessness . . . does helplessness describe you? C'mon now . . . do you have an internal weakness?
There are answers. There is a way out. God has not left His People helpless if His People will seek His help. But you are going to have to seek Him, and if you do, He will have something for you to do. That sounds radical, doesn't it? We don't hear that preached very often in evangelical churches. "God has something for me to do?!! Really?!!" Yes He does.
Can I illustrate? I have children. I want them to develop good study habits. I also want them to develop good work habits. What do I do? Do I simply wait until they figure it out on their own? No, I begin by giving them a small task and slowly but surely I give them more tasks in the hope they will grow into good students and good workers. Do you think it's any different with God? Is the Christian life a life without discipline? My children are my children. They will always be my kids and I will love them all my life. Nevertheless, the less discipline they have - the less virtue (character) they have - the more difficult life will be for them. The same is true in our relationship with God. He has something for all His children to do, because He wants us all to grow into the likeness of Jesus Christ.
Friend, do not misunderstand me. We do not save ourselves. God saves us. Yet God has a plan to change us all who have entered into His life, and it's a plan that works one step at a time.
The Church has always called this Virtue . . . and it's God's plan for change.
But God, being rich in mercy,
because of the great love with which he loved us,
even when we were dead in our trespasses,
made us alive together with Christ
- Ephesians 2:4-5