Element Christian Church
Forgive Week 10: Forgiving Others
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  • Element Christian Church
    4890 Bethany Ln, Santa Maria, CA 93455, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:45 AM
Welcome to Element
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High School Ministry Begins TODAY
Our High School Ministry is officially launching Sunday, September 17th and they are going to celebrate with food and a time to just get to know each other and what to expect. All High School students are invited to participate Sundays from 1:30-3pm in the Barn. Email Kevin for more details at kevin.kaub@ourelement.org

4th Friday Film & Fun

Parents, drop off your 1st-5th grade students for a movie and time to hang out with friends while you enjoy a Friday night on your own! Details and RSVP at the link below


The Weekender at Element

See full details of what The Weekender is and claim your spot at the link below


Classics Potluck

Friday, September 29th, our Classics ministry for those that are 60+ is having an off-site potluck and hope you will attend. The details of what to bring and address of the location can be found when you sign up at this link.


"Pray for Me" Campaign - Adult Participation Form

Element is launching a prayer initiative to encourage the older generation of attendees to keep our younger generations in prayer. Complete the following form if you are interested in being paired with and consistently praying for a 1st-12th grade student from September through December 2023.


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This week's song list
Interested in looking for some of the songs we sang this week? Here's the titles and original artists:

Unstoppable God - Elevation Worship
O Come to the Alter - Elevation Worship
How He Loves - John Mark McMillan
Way Maker - Leeland
Rock of Ages - The Modern Post
Forgive: Week 10
Forgiving Others

When someone wrongs us, Jesus says we must “pay attention to ourselves” and be aware of our own tendency toward resentment and unforgiveness. The Gospel challenges us in that we must identify with the wrongdoer as a fellow sinner in need of grace. Forgiveness means we inwardly pay the debt of the wrongdoer ourselves instead of seeking revenge; this is a reflection of what Jesus has done for us through the cross. Complete, Biblical forgiveness is willing the good of the wrongdoer as we seek their restoration. One assumption that informs this is that evil is separate from the person who has committed evil. We see in Scripture how God works redemptively in places of evil and brokenness to bring about good. Reflecting on Christ’s sacrificial love humbles us out of pride, affirms us out of inferiority, and inspires us to forgive. When we understand the costliness of grace, it transforms our hearts to be more forgiving.
• How does reflecting on the cross lead to humility and assurance?
• How can reflecting on what Jesus endured for you increase your desire to forgive?
• How does minimizing sin also minimize grace? Why is it crucial we understand the depth of our sin and Christ’s love?

• When you “pay attention to yourself,” what do you notice about your heart’s tendencies when it comes to forgiveness?
• When have you had to absorb the cost of another’s wrongdoing?
• How can we avoid judging others’ motives and instead see them as fellow sinners needing grace?
• How can we forgive in a way that values justice and doesn’t enable abuse to continue?

• What are the implications of separating evil from the evildoer?
• How have you seen forgiveness bring about good, even when people meant evil?
• What could it look like to pursue forgiveness while being wise/cautious in terms of trust, boundaries, etc.?
• Who do you need to forgive? Where are you in that process?

Action Steps
• Based on who you need to forgive, what is one step you could take this week to further that process? (Examples: praying for that person, initiating a conversation, talking with your GC about the issue, etc.)
• Spend time reflecting on the cost of sin and thank Jesus for His willing sacrifice on your behalf.
• Review and work through this week’s additional resources: “We Must Forgive and Fogive Well,“ and “Common Questions Christians Ask About Forgiveness.“

All Binder Resources for Forgive Series

Miss a week? Wanting digital copies? This link has all the additional resources we've made available throughout the series.


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