Friday First - Unlimited Forgiveness

Do you feel it is easier to forgive adults or children? What about grown adults who do us wrong, take advantage of us, or stab us in the back? How do we respond when we are on the wrong end of someone’s irresponsible behavior? How can we do better, in the realm of forgiveness, so we can do what Jesus did?

This is of ultimate importance. Forgiveness is the key to unity inside the local church. It is the key to love and meaningful relationships. Forgiveness is what tears down the barriers of bitterness, anger, and vengefulness that Satan erects. Solomon said we are at our best when we forgive. When we choose to forgive, we reflect God’s character, who forgives iniquity and delights in unfailing love, Micah 7.18.

On Sunday we will examine Matthew 18.21-22 and see how we are to forgive like children, i.e., forgive without limit. This type of forgiveness is completely contrary to human nature. How could Stephan forgive those who stoned Him? How could Jesus forgive those who crucified Him? Both practiced the principle found in Matthew 18.22: Forgive … seventy times seven. There is to be no boundary or limit to the forgiveness we offer.

In our lesson we will:
  • Discuss Matthew 18.21-22.
  • Examine why we forgive.
  • Learn how to forgive like Jesus.

As you prepare for worship on Sunday, please give consideration to these questions:
  1. How is forgiveness essential inside the life of a local church?
  2. How eager should we be to forgive others?
  3. What will happen if we are reluctant to show mercy to someone else?
  4. Why are bitterness, anger, and resentment so detrimental to us?
  5. What are some things you can do to become a more forgiving person?

Those Serving

OPENING / WELCOME
Cain Atkinson

SONG LEADER
Roy Pyle

PRAYER OF PRAISE
Eric Renegar

LORD'S SUPPER
Russ Robins

SCRIPTURE READING
James Johnson
Matthew 18.21-22

PREACHING
Matthew Allen

CLOSING COMMENTS & PRAYER
George Wacks

WELCOME CENTER
Pat Reeder / Emily McDonald / Randy Mullins

USHERS (arrive @ 9)
Justin Spargo / Chris Fles

Closing the Building
Ben Baker

Matthew Allen

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