Prayers of Confession (Matthew 6:12,14-15)

In this section of Jesus’ prayer, He tells His disciples to pray “and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” In this prayer Jesus teaches them about Prayers of Confession: the need to be forgiven and to forgive. Forgive Us Our Sins When we become a Christian, God forgives all ourContinue reading “Prayers of Confession (Matthew 6:12,14-15)”

Joseph: Forgiveness Instead of Vengeance (Gen 43-45)

It has been said that revenge is a dish best served cold. I am not sure if that is true, but I do know that it is a dish that does not satisfy. Revenge may feel good, but the good feeling sours quickly. In fact, revenge never satisfies. Vengeance is a trap of the DevilContinue reading “Joseph: Forgiveness Instead of Vengeance (Gen 43-45)”

4 Hindrances to Revival

The Psalmist (85:6) cried out to God “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” Revival will not come until Christians fervently cry out for it in prayer. Quick question: How many of us are doing it? Many of our churches declining and dying. Too many of our churches areContinue reading “4 Hindrances to Revival”

Forgiveness & Reconciliation (Genesis 33)

       A sure sign of Christian maturity is not how well you avoid conflict, but how you respond to conflict. For example, immature Christians are quick to take offense and slow to forgive and seek reconciliation; while mature Christians are slow to take offense and quick to forgive and seek reconciliation. Forgiving a personContinue reading “Forgiveness & Reconciliation (Genesis 33)”

I Am a Unifying Church Member (Ephesians 4:1-3)

(Pastor’s note: This sermon is part of a series of messages based on the book “I Am a Church Member” by Thom Rainer.) Dysfunctional churches are a poor representation of the body of Christ. Churches become dysfunctional when they stop striving to “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph 4:3).Continue reading “I Am a Unifying Church Member (Ephesians 4:1-3)”

What If He Refuses to Listen? (Matthew 18:15-17)

Last week we discussed the first part of Jesus’ process for reconciliation (Matthew 18:15). Today we shall learn what to do if the other person refuses to listen to our concerns. If he refuses to listen to us, we must take one or two other mature Christians to help establish the charges (18:16).  If heContinue reading “What If He Refuses to Listen? (Matthew 18:15-17)”

Go and Be Reconciled (Matthew 18:15)

Conflict is inevitable.  Having said that, a clear sign of Christian maturity is not how well you avoid conflict, but how you respond to conflict.  Immature Christians are quickly offended and slow to forgive; whereas mature Christians are slow to take offense and quick to forgive.  In our current series we have thus far learnedContinue reading “Go and Be Reconciled (Matthew 18:15)”

How to Forgive Anyone and Everyone

Far too many Christians have fallen for one of the devil’s biggest lies.  Have you?  Let’s find out by answering the following question: “Are you able to forgive someone who has hurt you or someone you love?”  If the answer is “No”, then you have fallen for one of the devil’s biggest lies.  The BibleContinue reading “How to Forgive Anyone and Everyone”

4 Hindrances to Revival and How to Overcome Them

Church, I hope you are excited about our revival services that will start next Sunday. While we advertise it as a “Revival”, we understand that true revival cannot be preplanned or scheduled because only God can bring true revival. As we pray for revival, let us pause to consider 4 hindrances to revival and howContinue reading “4 Hindrances to Revival and How to Overcome Them”

Prayers of Confession (Luke 11:4)

Today we continue our sermon series in Luke 11 on the subject of Prayer.  We have learned that prayer is communication with God and that it is an act of worship in which a person communicates with God the Father, through the access provided by God the Son, and by the prompting of God theContinue reading “Prayers of Confession (Luke 11:4)”