Church Vision Statement 

We are a biblically rooted church that wants to help you overcome life’s emptiness through a deeper relationship with Christ and a connection to a family who cares.

Main Point:

As a servant of Christ, we must forgive because we have been forgiven.

Read Matthew 18:21-35

21 Then Peter came and said to Him, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”22 Jesus *said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

23 “For this reason, the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves.24 When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25 But since he did not have the means to repay, his lord commanded him to be sold, along with his wife and children and all that he had, and repayment to be made. 26 So the slave fell to the ground and prostrated himself before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you everything.’ 27 And the lord of that slave felt compassion and released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and he seized him and began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay back what you owe.’29 So his fellow slave fell to the ground and began to plead with him, saying, ‘Have patience with me and I will repay you.’30 But he was unwilling and went and threw him in prison until he should pay back what was owed. 31 So when his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were deeply grieved and came and reported to their lord all that had happened. 32 Then summoning him, his lord *said to him, ‘You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me.33 Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?’ 34 And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. 35 My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart.”

Transformation Questions:

  • How would you define forgiveness? 
    • A few possible answers: Forgiveness is fully knowing the offense made against you, but choosing not to hold the offense against them.
    • Forgiveness is not forgetting, it is loving despite the offense. 
    • Forgiveness is not bringing the offense up as a weapon later to injure the person in an argument. 
  • Do you feel like you are a person that is quick to forgive or do you hang on to hurts and injuries?
  • When you have not been quick to forgive how has that negatively affected you?
  • Do you think that as a Christian you have to forgive people when they have wronged you?
    • Yes, Christians have to forgive even when you have been wronged.
  • Why do Christians have to forgive?
    • It is simple, we forgive because we have been forgiven. 
  • Do you think a Christian who is unwilling to forgive could be an obstacle to someone coming to know Jesus? Why?
    • It definitely could be a hindrance. Lack of forgiveness gives the world the opportunity to say, “Look. We knew they were hypocrites,” or “Why would I want Jesus in my life? The nonbelievers around me treat each other better than that.”
  • Have you seen a Christian who was unwilling to forgive? Did that experience make you question if they were really Christian? Why?
  • What are we preaching to the world when we choose not to forgive?
    • We may be preaching there is no real forgiveness. To not forgive them could also tell the world that God’s sacrifice of his Son is enough for Him, but not for you.
  • As a kid, did you grow up in a Christian home or a Christian-ish home? Did you see that your parents were unable to forgive? How do you think that affected you?
  • Has someone ever came to you and said that they forgave you for doing something? What was your response?
  • What is the biggest memory in your mind of receiving forgiveness from someone? Did you go to them and tell them that you forgive them or did you just forgive them in your heart?