A message from Pastor David Elliott for Sunday May 31st, 2020.
The service video is available on YouTube at https://youtu.be/QMcYQmcHxTc :
Either listen to the sermon using the embedded audio player directly below or use the direct link to the mp3 file: https://altavistabaptist.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/20200531_sermonaudio_forgiven_much_how_to_receive_forgiveness.mp3
Text: Luke 15:11-24
“Grandchildren are the crown of old men, and the glory of sons is their fathers.”(Prov. 17:6)
- ♥ Your Father wants to generously ____________ all that He has with you.
“A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children…” (Prov. 13:22a)
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights…”(James 1:17a)
“All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of Your wings. You feed them from the abundance of Your own house, letting them drink from Your river of delights.” (Psalm 36:7b–8)
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
- _______________ up when God is trying to get your attention.
- Take __________________ for your actions.
Repentance means I acknowledge my mistake, the __________ I have caused and my desire to go a new direction.
- ♥ Your Father longs for you to come __________.
- ♥ Your Father is waiting to _______________ you with compassion.
- ♥ Your Father is ready to _____________ you completely.
“You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ. He forgave all our sins. He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ’s cross.” (Colossians 2:13,14)
For personal study, family devotions or Care group.
- Q1: Have you ever gone through an experience when the Lord got your attention? If so, explain.
- Q2: Read Romans 2:4. How does this verse relate to the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15? How does it relate to your life?
- Q3: What do you do if you ask for forgiveness but the person chooses not to grant it? Here are a few options. Which one is most important to you? Why? Can you think of other responses?
- Give the person some space and time.
- Refuse the urge to pressure or attack.
- Relax knowing you have done what God requires.
- Receive God’s forgiveness and healing.
- Q4: In the verse below, what key words identify what Jesus has done for us on the cross? Which one means the most to you? Why?You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ. He forgave all our sins. He canceled the record that contained the charges against us. He took it and destroyed it by nailing it to Christ’s cross. (Colossians 2:13,14)
- Q5: If you haven’t already, why not ask Jesus to forgive you right now using the prayer below:
Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God and that you died on the cross to rescue me from sin and death. I choose now to turn from my sin and every part of my life that does not please you. I receive your forgiveness. Take your rightful place in my life as my Saviour and Lord. Reign in my heart and fill me with your love and your life. Thank you for the joy of forgiveness and the gift of eternal life! Amen!