Posts Tagged ‘ Forgiveness ’

VerseD: 2 Corinthians 7:10

For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

2 Corinthians 7:10, ESV

We can know that Christ has cleansed us of all guilt and shame, though we lament our sin for a time.

Let us help those in this world find the same peace and hope, getting through depression and into the joy of the Lord.

VerseD: Romans 5:8

but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 ESV

All we had to offer God was sin, and in His love for us He took it – on the cross, for our forgiveness and to offer eternal life.

VerseD: Psalm 24:1

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein

Psalm 24:1, ESV

God is the Creator of everything, even us, and He can do as He pleases with us.

Let’s give Him thanks and praise that He has chosen to save us from our sin by the blood of the Son.

VerseD: Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:23, ESV

We all have sinned. We all deserve death.

Yet, our God is full of grace, mercy, and forgiveness, shown through the cross of Jesus Christ. Our faith in Him is what grants us eternal life.

VerseD: Isaiah 60:1

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

Isaiah 60:1, ESV

Our God has bestowed His glory on us that we might shine in a dark world and lead others to His grace and forgiveness found in Jesus Christ.

VerseD: Matthew 1:21

“She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

Matthew 1:21, ESV

The God Who saves came to us, becoming weak to save us weak in our sins.

A baby was born, but that baby became a man who died for our forgiveness.

VerseD: John 3:16

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16, ESV

Lost in our sin, we were doomed to eternal death and suffering.

Yet, God loves. In His love, He sent Jesus to take our punishment and offer us forgiveness and eternal life.

If we only believe and trust.

VerseD: Ephesians 4:32

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Ephesians 4:32, ESV

We remember how much Christ has forgiven us, and that should push us to love on others in kindness.

VerseD: 2 Chronicles 7:14

if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14, ESV

Our God enjoys forgiving and showing grace to us. Let us turn from sin, admit our need for Him, and seek His righteousness continually.

Sermon on the Mount study notes – Matthew 7:7-14

I have started a small group series on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). I am sharing my notes in case anyone else wants to use them with their group. [Reminder that these are only notes!]

Sermon on the Mount – Part 13

Matthew 5:1-2:
Jesus wants to teach the crowds: Who are they? Jewish disciples: People who understand the
Scriptures (at least to a point). Notice from 7:28 the crowds still came along, but this teaching is for His disciples.

What does “blessed” mean?
Based on the first twelve verses, blessed means realizing our own wretchedness and need for a Savior. In other words, it is becoming/being a Christian.

What was discussed last time?

  • Judging others
    • Using right judgment, based on God’s standards
    • Not hypocrisy (saying one thing while willfully doing the opposite)

Matthew 7:7-8:
“Obviously” this means we can ask God for literally anything and get it, right?

  • Context part 1:

Matthew 7:9-11:
How do we typically give gifts?

  • Firstly, for others’ needs
    • We try to make sure the basics are met
  • Secondly, for others’ wants
    • When the basics are covered, we can “step it up” to something better or more desired.

How does God give gifts?

  • More abundantly and amazingly than we can fully fathom
    • All we need to do is ask!
    • He also makes sure we have the most basic needs
    • Sometimes He goes beyond the basic to give us something we want based on preferences
  • Context part 2:
    • Matthew 6:33
      • God always gives according to:
        • His character
        • His mission (drawing others in)
        • His glory (that which brings Him praise and honor)
    • This should demolish the Prosperity gospel
      • Paired with John 14-15, especially

Matthew 7:12:
The Golden Rule

  • Tied to how we give as well as how we judge! (The verse starts with “So,” as in “therefore”, and it is attached with the previous “therefore” in 6:34!)
    • Are we judging based on our own standards or God’s?
    • Are we giving to do something good for the ego boost/to feel better/”because we have to” or for God’s glory?
  • We should be striving to treat others as God treats us in Christ!

Matthew 7:13-14:
Jesus always takes us deeper

  • It is relatively easy to be nice/kind/loving to people we like
  • It is relatively easy to give things to people for various reasons
  • Loving people like God loves is not as easy (at first).
    • Pernicious lie today: “Self-Love”
      • “But the Bible says!” Philippians 2:4
        • We should take care of our temple
        • Yet, Philippians 2:1-11
          • No selfish ambition or conceit
          • Count others more significant
          • Have the mind of Christ: sacrificial servant
      • Yes, take care of yourself (at times pampering, sure)
        • Maybe gift someone that spa day
        • Maybe merely take a hike/walk
        • Maybe buy the name brand product rather than the generic
          • Or buy two generic and share with one who needs it!
        • Maybe take another person along who also needs a break
        • Maybe just be with someone as much as you want to get away
    • Self-love is not inherently bad the way most use it, but how often we use it as an excuse to avoid giving, to avoid serving, because we’re tired, hungry, stressed?
    • Acts 20:35
  • Why is it so hard to enter the narrow gate?
    • John 14:15, 15:10-17