Sermon Roundup 2018-09-19T12:21:01+00:00

The Nature of True Forgiveness – Pastor Akin Akinola – 17/09/2018

First Reading: Matthew 18:23-35
Second Reading: Acts 7 – Stephen’s Stoning “R.T., you must totally forgive them. Until you totally forgive them you will be in chains. Release them and you will be released”. This is a piece of advice that R.T. Kendall, renowned Christian writer, speaker and former minister of Westminster Chapel, received from a friend, Josif Tson. R.T.’s response to this counsel highlights the depth of difficulty we encounter when faced with forgiving those who’ve wronged us. “Nobody should have to tell a mature minister of the gospel of Christ the most obvious and fundamental teaching of the New Testament.  Here I was in the ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ but filled with so much hurt and bitterness that I can only say I didn't deserve to be there”. Unforgiveness can be a stumbling block even for the most mature and senior members of the church, it can bring pain, bitterness and as Tson pointed out – our own enslaving. For this reason we cannot be passive about developing a heart to forgive. Forgiveness is a battle, not just something we do once but something we’re constantly learning to do by the grace of God. In this Sermon Round-Up we’ll look at What forgiveness is, What is the Nature of Forgiveness and What We are To Do With It. Alongside this we will look at 3 different characters from our first and second reading and the type of forgiveness they display: 1. Peter and the Unmerciful Servant (Matthew 18) 
2. Stephen (Acts 7) 
3. Holocaust survivor - Corrie Ten Boom. Peter and the Unmerciful Servant - Limited Forgiveness Before looking at these characters and the forgiveness they demonstrate, let’s note a general definition of what forgiveness is. Forgiveness is the ability to let go of unintended or otherwise offences committed against individual(s). On the surface forgiveness sounds very reasonable, everyone makes mistakes right? But how many times can one forgive before it becomes too much? Peter poses this question to Jesus, suggesting that 7 times is more than a fair amount. How did Peter come up with 7 times though? Where did he pull this number from? This wasn’t a random estimation. It was a Rabbi custom to forgive 3 times when someone wrongs you, but Peter went the extra mile in his mind by suggesting 7 times. Probably expecting some praise for this, Peter was heavily surprised to hear Jesus’ response that we must forgive 70x7 times! Peter was suggesting a limited forgiveness but Jesus is saying we must totally and continually forgive! Forgiveness isn’t something we do irregularly, but a pattern and practice of the [...]

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