The Hardest Thing: Forgiveness

The gospel is not just a message about how to be saved from God’s wrath, or have heaven as your home because you’ve entered into a right relationship with the Father through His Son, though all of that is true, right and good! It’s also about Jesus the King having His way in your life. Jesus is a real king, over a real world, where there are real people with real problems and one of the issues He wants us to honor Him in is seeking forgiveness when we’ve sinned against others and giving forgiveness when people ask it of us.

Scripture: Philemon; Colossians 3:12-15

Part Two: Don’t Measure Me!

Measures → are what we’re asking people to become & they’re a portrait of a mature disciple. Jerry Bridges said, “spiritual disciplines are provided for our good, not for bondage. They are privileges to be used, not duties to be performed.”

Listen in as I walk through three questions designed to help us gauge our hearts on whether we’re putting Jesus first for the sake of others.

Scripture: James 2:13; Colossians 3:12-13; Matthew 18:21-35


Trust the Word of God

In the angel Gabriel’s interaction with Zechariah we see the declaration that the people of Israel had been waiting for: the coming of the Rescuer/Deliverer! Zechariah’s son was going to be the guy to present Jesus to the world, yet Zechariah didn’t believe the words of God. Let’s not follow Zechariah’s example by believing and trusting in what God has written down for us in the Bible.

Are you trusting in the word of God?

Scripture: Luke 1:5-25


A Sermon So Great The Preacher Got Fired

The phrase mic drop, now an official word as it’s included in the Oxford Dictionary, refers to an instance of deliberately dropping or tossing aside one’s microphone at the end of a performance or speech that was understood or seen to be particularly impressive. When we read Luke 4:16-30 Jesus gives an amazing message as He tells them that passage has been literally been fulfilled right in front of them.

Scripture: Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:16-30

Forgiven People = Happy People

Confession is a powerful tool that God has given to us to retool or recalibrate our relationship regarding our thoughts, attitudes and affections so that we’re walking in a right relationship with God and others.

David is writing about an experience that he wants to pass onto God’s people about what happens when sin is concealed, what happens when it is confessed.

Main Takeaway: Confession leads to forgiveness and forgiveness is good for your soul.

Scripture: Psalms 32