StoneBridge Community Church
Family Matters: Forgiveness
Pastor Neal Nybo
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  • StoneBridge Community Church
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:00 PM, Sunday 8:30 AM, Sunday 10:00 AM
  • StoneBridge
    4814 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 11:59 PM

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One of the foundational principles of Christianity is that God forgives us, yet it's so hard to forgive others. This week we learn two clear lessons from Jesus’ story of the Prodigal Son recorded only in Luke 15.
1. Forgiveness is a decision. What comes next is something else.
Look at students who have had their loans forgiven. One of them decides to take the money she was using to pay down her loan and put it into savings. Another decides he will use it to sponsor children with Compassion International. How many different options are there for a million people? About a million. Why? Because Loan forgiveness is a decision. What comes next is something else.

What Does the Bible Really Say about Forgiveness?

Everyone is sure that the Bible is full of messages about forgiveness, but when it comes down to it, few people can identify exactly what the (Bible) actually says about it.
1. What does this point mean?
2. What are some implications of forgiveness being a decision?
3. What are some common issues or implications that come next?
4. Are you wrestling or living with anything related to a past event, forgiven or not? In regard to moving forward positively, how might God be speaking to you today?
2. Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves.
Between the father and the son, who benefitted more from the father forgiving his son? It was the father. Sure, the son got better cloths and food but the father’s broken heart was healed. Forgiveness was a gift the father gave himself.

Forgiveness: The Gift You Give Yourself

Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. It is the right to be free, to not allow anyone or any thing from the past to bind you in your current actions.
1. Agree, disagree or aren’t sure about the second point?
2. If you have forgiven someone, how did it feel afterward?
3. Put yourself in a situation where you haven’t forgiven someone for something they did five years ago. What feelings do you have when you think of the situation? What do you think about that person when you think of the situation?
4. Now put yourself in a situation where you have forgiven someone for something they did five years ago. Answer the two questions in #3.
5. Is there a situation in your life in which you aren’t sure you want to forgive or aren’t sure how? If so, how can you begin to address it?
Next step:
If you have a person that has done something to you that you haven’t forgiven, take time to answer this question - how would forgiving them be a gift to yourself?

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Simi Valley’s Samaritan Center serves the homeless and most disenfranchised in our community. Due to the changing nature of the Covid-19 crisis, the Samaritan Center has had to evolve accordingly. For everyone’s health and safety, for the time being, the Samaritan Center has discontinued it’s free, nightly dinners. Instead, they are asking for $5 and $10 gift card donations to restaurants like Subway, Carl’s Jr., Tommy’s Burgers, Taco Bell, etc. Every evening, gift cards will be distributed to those in need. Help by purchasing gift cards and sending them to StoneBridge Church (4832 Cochran St. 93063). On behalf of our church, we will make sure that the cards are safely delivered to the center.

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