First Baptist Church of Westwood Lake
These are sermon notes for our morning service on November 4, 2018.
Locations & Times
  • First Baptist Church of Westwood Lake
    5801 SW 120th Ave, Miami, FL 33183, USA
    Sunday 10:00 AM
AWANA Team Night
Wednesday, November 7 at 6:45 PM
Wear a shirt to represent your favorite ball team! Be on the line at 6:45 with you Bible and handbook.
Teen Activity
Friday, November 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM
Meet in Building 6000 for an exciting game of Underground Church!
Thanksgiving Lunch and Afternoon Service
Sunday, November 18
We will praise the Lord for His goodness to us as a church family and share in a wonderful Thanksgiving meal. There will be an afternoon service following the meal and no evening service.
Christmas in the Jungle
Our missionaries, Daniel and Beki Nunez want to distribute Christmas boxes in Peru as an outreach tool. We encourage your family to participate. Every ten dollars you donate will create one box; donation envelopes are in the church lobby. These are due by November 28.
Ladies' Christmas Tea
Saturday, December 8 at 10:00 AM
Ladies are needed to decorate and host tables for this special event. Please see Linda Garcia for details or to volunteer.
Building Bridges of Forgiveness
Forgiveness - to set someone free from a debt they owe, for a wrong they have done to you
In real life:
- Everyone gets hurt and hurts others.
- That's real life; it's painful, it hurts.
- The reality is that God says we can have life, and life more abundantly.
- The citizens of the kingdom of heaven are to be characterized by attitudes of mercy and forgiveness towards others.
Truths from the Parable
in Matthew 18:23-35
I. A king shows mercy to his servant by canceling his huge debt
- These would be servants who were in charge of collecting revenues for the king.
- Ten thousand talents: today if someone had this debt, we would consider the situation hopeless.
- In verse 25 we wonder if this man will ever pay back this huge sum.
- By verse 27, those listening must have been in disbelief. Ten thousand talents were dismissed.
- How can you even describe this kind of generosity, this kind of forgiveness? Wow!
II. The forgiven servant refuses to cancel a petty debt
- In verse 28, we see that the servant who owed the king is himself owed money by another servant.
- This time the debt is one hundred denarii. This is certainly a more reasonable debt to pay off.
- In verses 28 and 29, it’s the same thing that the first servant pleaded for: patience.
- Jesus concludes His response to Peter’s question with the words in verse 35.
I. God offers to forgive a debt too large for me to ever repay
- The servant owed the king a debt so large he could never repay it.
- The servant got on his knees and begged, but he never said, “Forgive me!”
- The only reason God offers us forgiveness is because of His love for us.
II. We forgive because we have been forgiven
- Many misread this parable and think that if they forgive others, then God will forgive them.
- Forgiveness is not an option for a true child of God. (Ephesians 4:31-32)
III. An unforgiving spirit creates bitterness
- The wicked servant was thrown into prison for his own unforgiving spirit.
- Before you criticize the king, remember that the servant had been given a pass by the king.
- When the king saw the servant refuse to forgive a small debt, "He placed him in bonds."
- Warren Wiersbe - “The world’s darkest prison is the prison of an unforgiving heart."
- The Bible warns about how bitterness can imprison you in Hebrews 12:15.
Corrie Ten Boom
The Bible never says God forgets our sins. His memory is perfect. God promises: “I am he who blots out your transgressions,” (Isaiah 43:25). When He forgives us, He simply chooses not to remember our sins anymore.
God forgives us and our forgiveness of others follows as the result.

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