StoneBridge Community Church
Storytime: "How Often Should I Forgive?" - Matthew 18:21-35
Senior Pastor Jon Saur
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  • StoneBridge Community Church
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:15 PM, Sunday 5:20 PM

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The Text In Context, Part 1

"Every Sunday millions of Christians pray, 'Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us' (Luke 11:4). It’s easy to say that without thinking about whether..." Click link to read more.

The Text In Context, Part 2

"This parable is in no way unclear, or difficult to comprehend (the parable of the sower which needs explanation in the text of the gospel itself; or the treasure hidden in a field which is almost nonsensical). This may be because it is directed to the inner circle of disciples and is not meant to confuse or challenge the thinking of the crowds. Or it may be because it is in direct response to..." Click link to read more.
Sermon Outline

I. Two Parts
A. Punishment
B. Forgiveness

II. Matthew and Punishment
A. Facts from last week about Matthew and punishment.
B. How best to interpret.
C. Other examples in Matthew
D. Jesus in Matthew is intense about mercy.

III. The Point is Forgiveness
A. What is forgiveness?
B. Why do we forgive?
C. What does forgiveness look like?

IV. South Africa TRC Story
A. Difficulty in forgiveness.
B. Forgiveness in small things.

V. Jesus's forgiveness is the foundation for our forgiveness.

VI. Motivation
A. Forgive from your heart
B. Forgive to avoid consequence
C. Whatever the motivation is, set yourself on the path to forgiveness.

Story From This Week's Sermon

Here is a brief telling of the story from South Africa that Pastor Jon referenced in this week's sermon.

1. Pray that God would bring to mind someone that you need to forgive.

2. Reach out to someone whose judgment you trust and tell them the story from #1. Ask them what the best way forward is.

3. Forgive the person God brought to mind for you, in the way you have determined from the conversation in #2.

1. How do you interpret the passages on punishment in Matthew?

2. What do you think forgiveness is?

3. Why is it important to forgive?

4. What obstacles are there in your life to forgiving people?

5. How can those obstacles be overcome?

6. How can Jesus' example specifically help you overcome those obstacles?
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