2015 Summer Sermon Series: Practices of Christian Community -- Forgiveness

Christian practices are things Christians do together over time to address fundamental human needs in light of and in response to God’s grace to all creation through Christ Jesus.  Practices resist separating thinking from acting, and thus Christian doctrine from Christian life.” 

June 28, 2015

Scriptures: Matthew 18:21-22, Ephesians 4:29-32.  Related texts:  Matthew 18:15-35, 1 John 1:5-10, Psalm 51:1-12, Psalm 103:8-18

Focus: Forgiveness is oxygen to our souls and the lifeblood of Christian community.  Without it, we choke under guilt and shame, anger and alienation, broken trust and broken relationships.  A church that practices forgiveness is a church that lives into the abundant life that God makes possible through Christ our Lord.    

Action the sermon calls us to: .  How might stories of forgivenenss open us up to pursue forgiveness in our relationships and in our community?  What pain/cross would we have to bear in order to reach that forgiveness?  In what ways are we tempted to avoid or cast aside that cross?  How do we draw strength to carry the cross?   

 

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