Harrisonburg First Church of The Nazarene
In scripture we find the passage, "How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?” Today, we want to look together the way that God sees us (and others). As we seek to be Christlike, we must also be willing to pray the prayer "Lord, give me eyes to see" like He sees. Thank you so much for joining us.
Locations & Times
  • Church of the Nazarene - Harrisonburg
    1871 Boyers Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
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    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
This week at HFCN
Monday, in observance of the Labor Day holiday, our church offices will be closed throughout the day.

This coming Friday is our Cruise In here at the church. Be sure to reach out to Pastor Jim if you're wanting to help out with that event or if you have any questions about the event. info@abeaconofhope.org

Youth Sunday is coming up on September 8th.

College Sunday is on September 15th.

Discover Your Church is happening on September 29 at 10:30AM (until about 1pm). This is a great way to get to know your church! (Lunch included) If you want to be a part of this class (required for membership), register by September 25. Use the following link to sign up! https://abeaconofhope.churchcenter.com/people/forms/14878

September 2019 Bulletin: https://indd.adobe.com/view/c3da4ced-bcb6-47ed-af1b-65a1b7c3e48f

Best Week Ever & VBS Highlight Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEaB7hWmiMw&feature=youtu.be

Best Week Ever Report: https://spark.adobe.com/page/fk8IxqM98HekW/

Website: abeaconofhope.org
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info@abeaconofhope.org. 540.434.1092
As we realize the depth of our sin, we understand the depth of God’s forgiveness.
When we consider this encounter through the perspective of Simon the Pharisee, we understand that his problem was blindness.
1. Simon did not see the woman

“Then he [Jesus] turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman?”
Luke 7:44

The challenge is to see beyond someone’s past and beyond their brokenness, but instead to see what Jesus sees.

All Simon could see was her past, but Jesus saw her future.
2. Simon did not see himself

Simon was so focused on “the sinner” in his presence that he was totally unaware of his own sin.

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Jesus doesn’t seek to address the amount of sin, but rather the awareness of sin.
3. Simon did not see his Savior.

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭7:39‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Simon was blinded by his skepticism, his doubts, even his religious duty in such a way could not see that the Son of God was in His presence.
A simple but profound prayer....
“Lord, give me eyes to see...”

A. Eyes to see others
-To Jesus, there were never any invisible people.
-What would happen if we lived our lives that way?
-What would change?
-Who would we begin to see that we’ve never seen before?

B. Eyes to see myself
-Before I am quick to point out the sin in someone else, may I stop to see the pain in my heart.
-Being aware of my own need is where transformation begins.

C. Eyes to see my Savior
-It does not matter if your sin is obvious (the sinful woman) or hidden (Simon the Pharisee), He is the Savior of all.
-As my eyes are open to see the needs of others and as my eyes are open to see my own need, I can see clearly that He is enough.

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Thank you so much for partnering with us in the Kingdom of Christ!