Sermons from September 2022

Forgiveness and Shame

Problem What if our individual sins are not really the problem? What if the real problem for us is how others see us, whether they think we are good or bad? What is our response? How can I do better?  (recent examples) Bible – Adam and Eve  From the start they were perfectly loved by God and perfectly loved each other.  They could look at each other in the face. Then – “You will be like God”  You can do…

Faith To Forgive

Luke 17:1, 3-5 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come… 3 So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. 4 Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” 5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” Matthew 5:43-44 “You have heard that…

Forgiveness Gives Life

PROBLEM – forgiveness fixes brokenness We don’t like conflict, and yet we have so much of it.  Forgiveness is an emotionally charged topic, especially when we’ve been deeply wounded. We sinful people who will regularly hurt and be hurt by other sinful people. Victim+izer Too many people dread learning about forgiveness. They fear they will learn what they ought to do and that what they ought to do will make them miserable. GOD – repeat offenders Only God’s Word helps…

Working Prayer

PROBLEM Prayer as a wedge into our busy schedules vs the life we are already living Prayer is about how God welcomes us into what He is doing and how we welcome God into what we are doing. Our response to life: You can pray Illustration: Billy “Graham started praying when he got up this morning, he prayed while eating breakfast, he prayed on the way over here in the car they sent for us, and he’ll probably be praying…