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February 14, 2021

Power of Forgiveness

Passage: Ephesians 4:32, Matthew 18:21-35
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As followers of Christ, we have a promise of a new identity in him. But a lot of us struggle to shake off the old habits that continue to plague us. So, what could it look like to get rid of those old habits and embrace the new habits that align with our new identity in Christ? Our new sermon series on identity entitled “Fully You” answers that question. Join us as we learn to recognize the spiritual roots of shame, forgive past hurts, and see how lasting change happens

Bible Study Questions;

  • Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
    • Describe God’s forgiveness of you. (ie. undeserved, unconditional, compassionate, eternal, etc)
    • How can we apply some of those attributes in our forgiveness to others?
  • Read Matthew 18:21-35.
    • Do we have to forgive in order to be forgiven by God?
    • If God only forgives us if we forgive others, that would not be salvation by grace alone. It would be salvation by grace + a willingness to forgive others.  (Grace + Works)  Talk about this.
    • What do you think the main point of this parable is?
  • Why do you think forgiving others is so hard?
  • The Hebrew word for forgiveness is “Salach”. It means to have hatred in one’s fist, and then to release it.
    • Who do you need to release today?

Additional Scriptures: Colossians 3:13, Ephesians 2:8-9


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