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Continuation of the Series, "Passionately From the Heart" on the Prodigal Son
What did Jesus accomplish on the cross? In this sermon Pastor Tim looks at Jesus' atoning sacrifice and how He paid our debt.
Understanding the Nature of God’s Forgiveness? Scripture: Matthew 18: 21-35 The big question on Peter’s heart that needs an answer! How often shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Peter suggested the answer, “Seven times?” Jesus answers, No! “Seventy times seven.” 490 times The story, “The Kingdom of heaven is like…” sets this parable in the context of Divine grace 1. The huge debt of our sin could never be repaid (Verse 24, 25) 2. This story is for those of us who are blind to our own sins 3. This story is for anybody finding it hard to forgive 4. Forgiveness always costs the innocent one, for he (the king) forgives the debt out of love and compassion. (Verse 26, 27) 5. The forgiven servant failed to embrace the principle of grace. (Verse 33-34) a. He was very aggressive in going after a small debt because he was covering up a far bigger debt. b. He didn’t receive the king’s love and forgiveness in his heart so he couldn’t pass it on c. Everybody could see his blatant injustice except he, himself d. At the end of day he was not free – but experienced endless torture 6. This story provides us with a strong motivation to forgive (Verse 35)
We are debtors to the Gospel. We need to be ready to share the Gospel at all times. We are called to be unashamed of the Gospel.
The letter to the Ephesians in Revelation begins with a commendation. Jesus commends the Ephesians for their doctrinal purity. They have fought false teachings and have remained faithful to the truth without growing weary and giving up. Yet, though they have remained doctrinally pure, they have ceased to be faithful witnesses for Jesus because they lost her first love for Jesus. Jesus calls them to remember the depths of their sin and how much they have been forgiven. Some of us are like the prodigal son or the sinful woman in Luke 7, and we know we have been saved from a life of sin. We have been overwhelmed by his grace, but over time, the memory fades and we grow prideful and self-reliant. For others of us, the danger is that we have never had a sinful woman experience. We may not have ever felt desperate, out of control, absolutely empty, and needy. Our savior walks among his people and he sees them all. He will forgive us if we will stop trying to be perfect and simply fall at his feet and beg him for mercy. Run to the one who, though his face shown like the sun, willingly took on flesh to die on the cross in our place.
For 13 weeks many families at HFC have been going through Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University. Families have paid down over $387,000 in consumer debt over those 13 weeks. Today's message is about "practicing what we preach". HFC's Finance Chair cut up the church credit card to show that church leadership is committed to leading the way to being free from debt.
Proverbs 6:1-11 tells us how to get out of financial debt with what David Ramsey calls "Gazelle Intensity". This passion is motivated by fear of bondage. Rom 13:8 tells us we have another debt of love to God and people that can never be repaid. The passion to live out this debt is motivated by freedom in Christ! If 'Gazelle Intensity" is needed to break the bonds of financial debt motivated by bondage, then how much more "Gazelle Intensity" should Christ-followers have to live out our debt of love motivated by freedom? The hindrance to RUN in this freedom is either raw unbelief or spiritual slumber. This message examines these hindrances in two areas; talking to God and listening to God.
What do we do with the weight of our own wickedness? How do we deal with the debt of our sin? Eric explores how Jesus death on the cross pays for our debt and is the first solution to the problem of our sin.
So much time is spent discussing our guilt for doing the things we knew we weren’t supposed to do. But little time is spent with our hearts broken over what He’s called us to do and be for Him. We’ve failed to do what God does and love what God loves. This has caused a great debt that has to be satisfied. If God owns everything, then you’re indebted to Him and Him alone.