Over the past few years, racial tension has exploded in our country. As followers of Jesus, this should make us pause and consider what is going on. Are we contributing to this in some way? Is there anything that could be done? What would God want us to do here and now? But when we go to God’s word, we see that the need for racial reconciliation is far older than our country and is far deeper than a PR problem or lack of education or compassion. We see that racism is real and is a gospel issue.
How many times should you forgive someone who sins against you? Is there a limit? Good question! It all depends on how important it is to reconcile broken relationships. Jesus teaches that reconciliation is a primary priority for God. Why? Because Christians have freely received forgiveness from God and therefore should see the priority of reconciliation in their relationships as well. What would it look like for you to make the first move toward reconciliation?
When there’s conflict in a marriage, friendship, business partnership, or family there is a break. A broken relationship is a lot like a broken bone. Both need a process of healing or the pain and discomfort won’t go away on its own. In Matthew 18, Jesus gives us the process of reconciliation. This teaching is directed at the church but is full of wisdom for all. Reconciliation requires two key ingredients: repentance and forgiveness. Who do you need to repent to? Who do you need to forgive?
This sermon is part of the Reconciliation series. Recorded on Jun 24, 2018, by Pastor David Parks, from Matthew 18:15-20. Listen/download here:
There’s been a break in your relationship with your spouse, friend, or family member. Words were said that can’t be taken back. Now there is pain in the place of love. If reconciliation is the priority of God in our relationship with him, should not reconciliation—should not working for healing and restoration of our relationships with other—be a priority for us, too? The work of reconciliation starts with the attitude of reconciliation which is rooted in a heart and life changed by grace.
This sermon is part of the Reconciliation series. Recorded on Jun 17, 2018, by Pastor David Parks, from 1 Timothy 1:12-17. Listen/download here: