November 12 - Foundations for Forgiveness
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
This Sunday Bryan Launer will continue the class on Understanding the Heart in the youth room at 10:00am. This class explores what Scripture says about the heart, why it's so important, and how you can better understand your own heart and help others. Ray Rutledge and Bo Pritchard will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the New Testament).
1Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,
To Philemon our beloved fellow worker 2and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house:
3Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, 5because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints, 6and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ. 7For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.
Forgiveness is a central topic in the bible. We see early in the bible, in the lives of our first parents, our need to be forgiven by God as well as with each other. As a people who struggle with sin who are living in a world of sinners, there will never be a time where we do not need to both seek forgiveness and grant it.
Have you ever refused to forgive another? Are you struggling to offer forgiveness to a friend, spouse, or parent who wronged you? Are you in need of forgiveness because you have wronged another? Consider your marriage, your parenting, or other relationships at work or in your extended family. How long do you live together without resolution? How many days pass before reconciliation is pursued?
This is an incredibly important topic for us as Christians. God has revealed himself as a forgiving God and we reflect him through our practice of forgiving. We find great help in the book of Philemon. While it is the smallest book in the NT, it has a large impact on the beauty of forgiveness. Please read through the book. It is only 25 verses. In it, we will see much in the area of reconciliation with one another.
Review and Apply
Do you struggle with forgiveness? Why, or why not?
What are some of the effects of grudge holding and unforgiveness?
What are some characteristics of a person who genuinely forgives?
Which of these characteristics do you see in your own life?
How does the gospel free us to leave the prison of bitterness and unforgiveness?
How can the church help you in walking in forgiveness with others?