Jesus on Sin and Forgiveness

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

Some considerations

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


Dig Deeper:

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: 

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