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Kingdom Principle of Forgiveness

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Time to kick off the holiday malaise and put on the running shoes (so to speak.)  It’s time to ‘shred’ it!  Whether its navigating a powdered slope, or working through a Jillian exercise video or cleaning out the closet – lets ‘shred it.’  We are into a new year and into a new Text of the Quarter (TQ!) and a new preaching series.

Our new TQ is from Philippians 4:4-9, “Rejoice in the Lord always!  And will say it, Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received from me – put it into practice.  And the God of peace will be with you.”

Our new series will focus on Kingdom of God Principles: Forgiveness, Grace, Provision, Desire, Suffering, and Mercy.  This week we will be bringing the shredder into the worship space.  Shredding will become a spiritual experience – come to find out more.  As we look at forgiveness through the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant, we will take a deep look at the Kingdom Principle of Forgiveness.  Read Matthew 18:21-34.  Jesus tells a powerful story about forgiveness in the Kingdom of God.  Forgiveness is a core cognitive and experiential truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Here it is: The outcome of unforgiveness is unbearable.  Unforgiveness leads to death and pain.  The outcome of forgiveness is amazingly beautiful.  Forgiveness leads to joy and freedom.  Let’s unpack that together on Sunday.

Sunday is a comin’, come out for worship and join in the shredding.

Be free,

Pastor Mark

Pastor Mark's Weekly Blog, Uncategorized

The Gift of Forgiveness and the Hypocrisy of Unforgiveness

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This week’s message just might be the core of Jesus entire life and teaching.  It might be the central purpose of Jesus coming.  It might be the central plan of God since the beginning of time.  OK, enough with the ‘might be’s’.

I will propose that the teaching for Sunday IS the core teaching of Jesus, the central purpose of Jesus coming, and the plan of God since the beginning of time: Forgiveness.

The text for this Sunday is literally at the center of the prayer Jesus taught us: Forgiveness!  “Forgive us our debts (sins) as we forgive our debtors (those who sin against us.”)  It is also the center of this section of teaching on authentic worship of God and hypocrisy (giving – 6:1-4, prayer – 6:5-15, and fasting – 6:16-18).  It is also at the center of the Sermon on the Mount (between chapters 5-7, the middle of chapter 6!).  The title of the message: The Gift of Forgiveness and the Hypocrisy of Unforgiveness, Matthew 6:12, 14-15.

Galatians 5:1 says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.”  Exactly!  Forgiveness is the center of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  It is the most powerful and liberating force in the universe and the most powerful and liberating experience a human being can experience.

We will celebrate the love and forgiveness of God this Sunday.  We will taste and see the love and forgiveness of God through the communion celebration.  We will witness the forgiveness of God together as we who are many, have become one in Christ Jesus – a community covered with the love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness of God.

See you Sunday!! 

Pastor Mark