Sunday, September 15, 2013
I continued in a Revival preparation series of messages this Sunday morning. I’m preaching on issues that can hinder personal and church-wide spiritual awakening. This morning I preached on “Real Forgiveness” out of Matthew 18:21-35. I divided the parable of the unforgiving servant into sections then made personal application.
Main Idea of the Text: Jesus told Peter how citizens of His kingdom should forgive one another.
Main Idea of the Sermon: Forgiveness should be a part of every Christian’s life.
I. A Probing Question about Forgiveness (21-22).
Amos 1:3a: Thus says the LORD: “For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment
Amos 1:6a: Thus says the LORD: “For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment
Amos 1:9a: Thus says the LORD: “For three transgressions of Tyre, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment
II. A Parable about Forgiveness (23-34).
A. Scene One: Forgiveness Demonstrated (23-27).
B. Scene Two: Forgiveness Denied (28-30).
C. Scene Three: Forgiveness Destroyed (31-34).
III. A Principle about Forgiveness (35).
POINTS OF APPLICATION
1. Christ my King has forgiven me more than I will ever be able to forgive others.
Ephesians 1:7: In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace
2. I can forgive other kingdom citizens because Christ my King has forgiven me.
Ephesians 4:32: And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Colossians 3:13: bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
3. It is impossible for me to experience the forgiveness of Christ my King while not forgiving a fellow Kingdom citizen.
Matthew 6:12: And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
James 2:13: For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
We celebrated the Lord’s Supper on Sunday evening. To prepare to celebrate the Lord’s Supper I led our people to look into Psalm 22, “Echoes of the Cross.”
Main Idea of the Text: Psalm 22 was written by David, possibly in a time of great distress.
Main Idea of the Sermon: Psalm 22 shows us Jesus as our suffering Savior.
I. The Passion of Our Lord (1-18).
A. Our Lord Suffered Spiritually (1-5).
Matthew 27:46: And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
Isaiah 53:3-4: He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.
B. Our Lord Suffered Personally (6-13).
Isaiah 52:14: Just as many were astonished at you, so His visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men;
Isaiah 53:2: For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.
C. Our Lord Suffered Physically (14-18).
Isaiah 53:5: But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.
Zechariah 12:10: “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.
II. The Deliverance of Our Lord (19-21).
A. The Father Helped His Righteous Son (19).
B. The Father Delivered His Righteous Son (20-21).