“For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. “-Matthew 6:14-16
This week we continue our sermon series on Just Do It! The focus of this week’s sermon is on forgiveness. We ALL have work to do in this area of of our faith journey and we need to regularly examine where we stand with God and the people we love. Some of us need to forgive ourselves, some of us need to forgive others, and we all needed to be forgiven by Jesus.
Definition of forgive (according to Merriam-Webster online)
1a :to give up resentment of or claim to requital (see requital 1) for
- forgive an insult
b :to grant relief from payment of
- forgive a debt
2:to cease to feel resentment against (an offender) :pardon
- forgive one’s enemies
:to grant forgiveness
- had to learn to forgive and forget
Forgiveness in Celebrate Recovery
On Monday nights we gather together to learn the steps of recovering from hurts, hang-ups and habits based on the beatitudes of Jesus gave us in Matthew. In the past couple of months we have learned about principle 6: “Happy are the merciful.”-Matthew 5:7, “Happy are the peacemakers.”-Matthew 5:9. This principle is so important that we explored it for two months. First by identify all the people that we had harmed and becoming willing to make amends to them all, which is step 8. Then by making amends in step 9. All of which built on the idea of forgiveness. Are you struggling with forgiving yourself or someone else? All are welcome on Monday nights at 7 pm. We start with worship, learn about a step, and then break into small groups where individual questions, concerns, or prayers can take place.
Becoming Heart Sisters and forgiveness ***postponed till November ***
Nancy Roberts and Joan Marinaro are co-hosting a women’s Bible study “Becoming Heart Sisters” Thursday mornings from 10:30 – noon. This is a 6 week study and in week four they learn about: The Forgiveness Business:Letting Go and Being Free (Lessons from Genesis, Lamentations, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, Psalms, Isaiah, Matthew, Luke, John, Romans, 2 Corinthians, Ephesians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 1 John, Revelation). It is never to late to join in learning about God’s word! So, please call the Church office to find out where the Bible study meets this week!
Forgiveness in The Daniel Plan
The Daniel Plan is a small group that meets on Thursday nights at 7 pm with the goal of becoming healthier. We learn about faith, food, fitness, focus, and friends. You might be wondering umm this section is titled Forgiveness in the Daniel Plan and then listed five “f” words not one of which was forgiveness. That is because each one of those 5 areas depends on forgiveness to be successful and improve. We invite you to come ask us more about it! This month we will be meeting in the Pumpkin Patch and volunteering on Thursday nights so stop by and ask us a question, we can also give you a healthy pumpkin recipe that will be a hit with the whole family!
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