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Finding Forgiveness

Finding Forgiveness
Jesus Forgives the Thief on the Cross (Finding Forgiveness)

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    Jesus Forgives the Thief on the Cross (Finding Forgiveness) Jesus Forgives the Thief on the Cross (Finding Forgiveness) Presentation Transcript

    • Playing for Keeps
    • “ How to Find Forgiveness”
      • April 15, 2001 Pastor Will Cooper
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      • “ Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me?
        • Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV)
      Up to seven times?
      • 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV)
    • Myths Forgiveness about
    • Forgiveness is NOT …
      • 1) Agreeing with the person who offended you.
    • Forgiveness is NOT …
      • 2) Pretending the offense never happened.
    • Forgiveness is NOT …
      • 3) Feeling good about the offender.
    • Forgiveness is NOT …
      • 4) Giving people what they deserve .
    • Myths about forgiveness. Forgiveness is NOT …
      • 1) Agreeing with the person who offended you. 2) Pretending the offense never happened. 3) Feeling good about the offender. 4) Giving people what they deserve .
    • Giving people what they deserve .
      • “ Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed.
      • 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, there they crucified him, along with the criminals — one on his right, the other on his left.
      • 34 Jesus said, “ Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
        • Luke 23:32-43 (NIV)
    • Forgiveness Requires Love .
    • Forgiveness Requires a Decision .
    • Forgiveness Requires a Decision .
    • Forgiveness Requires Sacrifice
    • Truths about forgiveness.
      • 1) Requires Love .
      • 2) Requires a Decision .
      • 3) Requires Sacrifice .
      • “ One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him:
      “ Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”
      • 40 But the other criminal rebuked him.
      “ Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence?
      • 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”
      • 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
      • 42 Then he said,
      • “ Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
      • 43 Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”
        • Luke 23:39-43 (NIV)
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    • Where can we find forgiveness?
    • At the Church
      • “ And now this word to all of you: You should be like one big happy family, full of sympathy toward each other, loving one another with tender hearts and humble minds.”
        • 1 Peter 3:8 (TLB)
      • Be Kind and Compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God Forgave You
        • Eph 4:32 NIV
    • At the Cross
      • “ Could it be any clearer? Our old way of life was nailed to the Cross with Christ, a decisive end to that sin-miserable life—no longer at sin’s every beck and call! ”
        • Romans 6:6a (TMNT)
    • At the Empty Tomb
      • “ He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.”
        • Matthew 28:6 (NIV)
      • “ What we believe is this: If we get included in Christ’s sin-conquering death, we also get included in his life-saving resurrection.”
        • Romans 6:6b (TMNT)
      • “ And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins...
      • 20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead…”
        • 1 Corinthians 15:17&20a (NIV)
    • Conclusion:
      • “ I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
        • Philippians 2:8 (NIV)
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    • Starting Over
    • Clean
    • Restored
    • Forgiven
    • God can Restore Anyone
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    • Jesus is Awesome
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