This past weekend at Eastbrook, we celebrated Eastbrook Outdoors and also continued our preaching series entitled “Living the Creed: Connecting Life and Faith in the Apostles’ Creed.” This series walks through the Apostles Creed as a basic summary of our faith but also as a way to live our faith out with God in the world. Each weekend of this series will explore the biblical and theological roots of the Apostles Creed, while also providing specific spiritual practices and approaches to living out what we know as we ‘proclaim and embody’ the Creed in our daily lives.
This weekend I continued preaching on the third article of the creed: “I believe in the forgiveness of sins.”
You can find the message outline and video below. You can also view the entire series here. Join us for weekend worship in-person or remotely via Eastbrook at Home.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
The Reality of Our Need
The human history of sin (Genesis 3)
The human experience of sin (Romans 3:23)
The Reality of God’s Intervention
The history of God’s intervention (John 3:16-17)
The human experience of God’s intervention (Romans 6:23)
A Picture of God’s Intervening Forgiveness (John 8:1-11)
Apparent sin in this story
Less apparent sin in this story
The equalizing human experience of sin
The liberating divine gift of forgiveness
Living Out Our Belief in the Forgiveness of Sins
Finding forgiveness through faith in Jesus Christ
Taking the step of baptism as a response of faith
Receiving forgiveness again in our lives
Experiencing the release of forgiving others
This week dig deeper in one or more of the following ways:
- Memorize John 3:16-17, 1 John 1:9, or Romans 6:23
- Take time this week to go deeper with the verses mentioned above. Read one or all three verses twice. Take five minutes of silence to let God speak to you. Then journal on what you sense God is speaking to you.
- Consider reading:
- Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a World Stripped of Grace by Miroslav Volf
- The Ragamuffin Gospel: Good News for the Bedraggled, Beat-Up, and Burnt Out by Brennan Manning
- With others, watch a movie that touches on aspects of forgiveness, like Tender Mercies, Invictus, The Mission, Les Misérables, or War Room. Have a discussion afterwards about how the movie spoke to you about forgiveness.