This past weekend at Eastbrook, we launched into a new preaching series entitled “Jesus Said What?!” I began the series by looking at what it means to confront sin and also share forgiveness by exploring an important text Matthew 18:15-35.
This message is from the eighth part of our longer journey through the Gospel of Matthew, which includes “Family Tree,” “Power in Preparation,” “Becoming Real,” “The Messiah’s Mission,” “Stories of the Kingdom,” “Who Do You Say I Am?“, and “‘Tis the Reason.”
You can find the message video and outline below. You can also view the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.
“If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over.” (Matthew 18:15)
Sin, Confrontation, and Community Life (Matthew 18:15-17)
Sin and pointing it out
A pathway for pointing sin out
The goal of pointing sin out
Binding, Loosing, Prayer, and the Presence (Matthew 18:18-20)
Binding and loosing
The power of prayer
The presence of Christ in our midst
Sin, Forgiveness, and Relational Life (Matthew 18:21-35)
The limitless call of forgiveness
A parable about boundless forgiveness
The connection between forgiving others and our experience of forgiveness
Walking Toward the Table
Seeing our need for forgiveness
Forgiving others who we’ve not forgiven
Experiencing the grace and forgiveness of God through Jesus
This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:
- Memorize Matthew 18:20 or 18:21-22
- Consider reading other passages that address topics of sin and forgiveness: Matthew 6:12-15; 7:1-5; 9:1-8; Luke 6:36; 17:3-4; Colossians 3:13; James 2:13; Psalm 103:7-12
- Take time this week in solitude to let the Lord search your heart about whether there is any sin you need to confess or any unforgiveness you need to release to Him. Respond to God by journaling or praying about that.
- Consider reading about Matthew 18:
- Charles Haddon Spurgeon, “The Lord with Two or Three”
- Dallas Willard, “From Forgiveness to Blessing”
One thought on “Jesus on Sin and Forgiveness”
Powerful and moving message. Like being swept up into the eye of a storm and landing with grace. 🙂 Thank you.