The Hillcrest Church Podcast
Jesus and His Father

Jesus and His Father

June 20, 2019

Jesus and His Father - Outline
June 16, 2019

The Father Jesus knew was a refuge for him.

He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” (Matthew 26:39, NLT)

Jesus was bearing ___________________________________.

The Father was there to help Jesus, and He will be there to help you.

I will steady him with my hand; with my powerful arm I will make him strong. (Psalm 89:21, NLT)

What is a refuge?

A refuge is ______________________________ in time of trouble.

God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. (Psalm 46:1, NLT)

God is our refuge and strength, _______________________
___________ in trouble. (Psalm 46:1, NIV)

Whenever you are in trouble you can _______________________
__________________to God.

O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge. (Psalm 62:8, NLT)

 

We are all looking for _________________________ from the difficult things in our life.

Whatever ________________________ is your refuge.

 

Our Response

1. _________________________ to the Father for help.

My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth! (Psalm 121:2, NLT)

 

2. _____________________________ gives you the strength to stand.

The LORD keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. (Psalm 121:7, NLT)

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. (2 Corinthians 4:8–9, NLT)

3. Make the Lord __________________________________.

If you make the LORD your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. (Psalm 91:9–10, NLT)

 

 

I Am The Good Shepherd

I Am The Good Shepherd

June 12, 2019

I am the Good Shepherd - Outline
June 9, 2019

Jesus said, “I am the Good Shepherd.”

The sheep ____________________the Shepherd’s voice.

“I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me, just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep. (John 10:6–15, NLT)

The sheep ___________________ the Shepherd’s voice.

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. (John 10:27–29, NLT)

All of us need a Shepherd.

1. The Shepherd knows us________________________.

I know my own sheep, and they know me, (John 10:14)

2. The Shepherd knows___________________________.

Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. (John 10:9)

3. The Shepherd wants us________________________________.

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. (John 10:10)

4. We find ___________________________ in the Shepherd.

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. (John 10:27-28)

5. We find ____________________________ in the Shepherd.

No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. (John 10:28-29)

6. We have a tendency to _________________________.

Challenge #1:
Choose your Shepherd _________________________.

Challenge #2:
Stay _________________________ your Shepherd.

Let’s do a heart test.

1. “I have all that I need.”

2. “He lets me rest.”

3. “He guides me.”

Following Jesus on the Narrow Path

Following Jesus on the Narrow Path

June 4, 2019

Following Jesus on the Narrow Path

June 2, 2019

 

Reading:

“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. (Matthew 7:13–14, NLT)

Human beings are prone to________________________________.

“You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. (Matt 7:13a, NLT)

 
__________ makes an __________________statement here.

The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. (Matt 7:13b, NLT)

There is a _______________ ______________that leads to a _______________  _________________.

But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. (Matt 7:14, NLT)

There is a _________________ __________________that leads to a _________________  __________________.

 
There are three kinds of people in this passage.

  1. _______________________________ people.

Narrow Road people know that they are______________________.

So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. (Romans 8:15–16, NLT)

Narrow Road people sense an __________________ to _________
___________________ about the wide road.

For I have a great sense of obligation to people in both the civilized world and the rest of the world, to the educated and uneducated alike. (Romans 1:14, NLT)

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19, NLT)

Narrow Road people are wildly open to ________________ people and passionately dedicated to _______________________ people to the Narrow Path toward Jesus Christ.

  1. Wide Road people who ________________________________
    the Narrow Road.

Are you on the_______________________________?

On judgment day many will say to me, ‘Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.’

But I will reply, ‘I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God’s laws.’ (Matthew 7:22–23, NLT)

For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. (Philippians 2:13, NLT)

  1. _______________________________ people.

 
The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. (Matthew 7:13b, NLT)

Following the crowd is___________________.

It takes__________________, ____________________ and
_________________________  to follow Jesus Christ.

Every life has a __________________________.


How to live an invitational lifestyle: (advice from Pastor Jamie)

  1. Start praying about it.
  2. Develop friendships outside your church family.
  3. Share your story. [people can't argue with your experience]
  4. Find opportunities to bring someone.
  5. Stop assuming people aren’t interested. [they probably are]
  6. Make the invitation.
  7. Success is one person inviting another person. [if you invite 100 people and 100 people say "No" you are 100% successful because you've done what God has asked you to do.  At that point it's between them and God and the Holy Spirit will do His part.] 
Forgiveness is for Real - God is Good

Forgiveness is for Real - God is Good

May 30, 2019

Forgiveness is for Real
Pastor Ernie Wouters
May 26, 2019

 

Define - A ___________________ event as any unexpected event that affects you physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

The tipping point for full life freedom is ______________________.

God is Good - Seven Edge - Seven Reasons

1. God is Good because HE knew we would have ______________________ (John 16:33) but He told us to take heart that through Him we could overcome it!

2. God is Good because He came so that we could have an __________________ Life (John 10:10), as well as eternal life. (John 3:16)

3. God is Good because through Christ we have access to all
_______________________knowledge and understanding.
(Colossians 2:2-3)

4. God is Good because there is no ______________________ love than this then to lay down your life for your friends.
(John 15:13

5. God is Good because He has a ______________________ and pleasing will for my life. (Romans 12:1-2)

6. God is Good because He has made a __________________ to set us free from being captive from any offense in life.

The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind. To set free those who are oppressed, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord. (Luke 4:18-19)

7. God is Good because - nothing is ____________________ with God. (Luke 1:37)

 

Forgiveness is the most _________________________concept to communicate.

Forgiveness is the most difficult concept to ___________________ and apply as a person.

Define Forgiveness:

Forgiveness is _______________________ an offence!

Misunderstandings about Forgiveness;

- If I forgive them then they are off the _______________ – not true - God is perfectly Just.

- If I forgive them then I am a doormat – not true – you are the ______________________one.

- If I forgive them then there are no consequences – not true - _____________________ has consequences.

- If I forgive them, they go free – not true - if you forgive them you go ________________!

Troubles are Coming

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you
May have peace. In the world you have tribulation but take courage;
I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33

 

The Dilemma – The Power of the Soul

Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17

 

 

 

 

 

 

God’s Goodness in You - God is Good

God’s Goodness in You - God is Good

May 21, 2019

God’s Goodness In You

May 19, 2019

Yusuf MoHammed

 

  1. Christ in us - John 17:20-26

 

  1. Set your mind on Christ Colossians 3:1-9, 12-14

 

Conclusion

  • Christ fullness can dwell in your heart Ephesians 3:14-19

 

Leaving a Legacy: The Story of Leah

Leaving a Legacy: The Story of Leah

May 13, 2019

Leaving a Legacy: The Story of Leah
Genesis 29-30
Sunday May 12, 2019
Hillcrest Church
Pastor Jamie McDonald

Leah’s story includes a lot of brokenness and pain, but is divinely
interrupted, redeemed and lovingly restored by the tender mercies
of God, an enduring legacy for future generations and God’s glory.
The New is in the Old ________________________;
The Old is in the New ________________________.
Everything in the Old Testament points forward to Jesus Christ
(Luke 24:44-45; Acts 18:28; 2 Timothy 3:16; Romans 15:4).
Just because it’s “in the Bible” doesn’t make it:
■ Morally ________________________,
■ God’s _________________,
■ Something He will _________________,
But it does make it _______________.

Leah plays a small part in the much larger OT story of redemption
that Jesus came to fulfill (Genesis 3:15; 12:1-3, 7; 15:18-21;
26:3-4; 28:13-14; 49:10; 2 Samuel 7:12-13; Jeremiah 31:31-34;
Matthew 1:1; Luke 22:20). Her story begins in the 2nd half of the
book of Genesis, intertwined with the story of Jacob.

The 12 Tribes of Israel (Genesis 29-30)
Benjamin would born much later, in ch.35. Unfortunately, Rachel
dies after giving birth to him.

Do you see any dysfunction in this picture? This is the family tree
of Jesus! God is no stranger to messy lives and messy families.
He wants to speak into them and bring healing to them.
Learning From the Life of Leah
1. She was ________________________.
❖ Her own appearance: “_________________” eyes (29:17)
❖ Her father’s actions (29:23)
❖ Her husband’s affections (29:18, 20, 30)
❖ “...the L ORD _________________” (29:31)
2. She turned her problems into ________________________.
❖ Reuben = “The L ORD has noticed my ________________,
and now my husband will love me” (29:32)
❖ Simeon = “the L ORD heard I was _________________…”
(29:33)
❖ Levi = “Surely this time my husband will feel
________________________ for me…” (29:34)

Finally, I confessed [yadah] all my sins to you and stopped trying
to hide my guilt. I said to myself, “I will confess [yadah] my
rebellion to the Lord.” And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
(Psalm 32:5, NLT)

I will give thanks [yadah] to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will
tell of all your wonderful deeds. (Psalm 9:1, NIV)

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him,
and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I
praise [yadah] him. (Psalm 28:7, NIV)

❖ A woman of ________________________ (30:17)
❖ ________________________ by Jacob (49:31)

3. She left a legacy of ________________________.
❖ Half of Israel’s 12 Tribes (35:23)
❖ Levi: Aaron, priesthood, Levites, Moses, 10C, Torah,
Caleb
❖ Men of Issachar (1 Chronicles 12:32)
❖ Men of Zebulun (1 Chronicles 12:33)
❖ Boaz, David, Solomon, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel
❖ Mary, Joseph, Zechariah, Elizabeth, John the B., Anna
❖ Barnabas, Paul (Benjamin raised by Leah), Jesus

You + Jesus = More Than Enough!

“There’s not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence
where Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”
- Abraham Kuyper

What will be your legacy?

What will you be remembered for?

Good is Good

Good is Good

May 6, 2019

God is Good
May 5th, 2019

Jesus said: You will have____________________. (John 16:33)

Where does Trouble come from?
• the sins and mistakes of ___________________________
• _________________________________sins and mistakes
• the general ___________________________ of our world

Sometimes we ask, God, how can you let this happen?

Job asked this question.

If only I knew where to find God, I would go to his court. I would lay out my case and present my arguments. (Job 23:3–4, NLT)

God’s response?

Brace yourself like a man, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. (Job 38:3, NLT)

Job’s response?

“I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you. You asked, ‘Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorance?’ It is I—and I was talking about things I knew nothing about, things far too wonderful for me. (Job 42:2–3, NLT)

I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes. (Job 42:5, NLT)

 

The key to making it through trouble is in _______________________ and having a _______________________________ in God.

1. God is_________________________________ .

He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. (Colossians 1:17, NLT)

2. God is ________________________ of what you are going through.

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable. (Hebrews 4:13, NLT)

3. God is totally_____________________ .

Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! (Psalm 34:8, NLT)

4. The brokenness of the world is something God_______________
___________ , not something ______________________________.

God is fixing the world through___________.
God is fixing the world through____________________.
God is doing all of this while allowing for __________________.

5. God is able to work out our __________________ for His overall _______________________.

Then Jesus said, “You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above. (John 19:11a, NLT)

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28, NLT)
God is using everything that happens to us in life

-- the good, the bad, the ugly –

to mold us and shape us into the image of Jesus.

6. God does not use Trouble to _____________________________.

• Luke 13:4
• John 9:2
• Matthew 5:5

So how can we face Trouble and still thrive?

1. ___________________ – even when you don’t understand.

2. Hold on to a_____________________________________.

Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. (Romans 8:18, NLT)

Revelation 21

3. Choose __________________over _____________________

Resignation says; “_____________________________!”

Acceptance says, “In what _____________________________can God use this?”

 

Digging Deeper
Study for Individuals and Small Groups

Introduction
Discuss some things you are thankful for.

How do these things connect to the Goodness of God?

Read Romans 8:28-39

What stands out to you about the passage as a whole?

Read Romans 8:28 again.
In what ways do you believe God works for your good?

Describe someone who is a thankful person.
What is it like to be around them?

Read Romans 8:31-39 again.
What do you say in response to all that God has done for you?
How do you respond?

God never stops working for our good.
How do you respond to the thoughts and nudges of God in your life?

How can someone choose to be thankful despite the circumstances in their life?

Application
What is one thing you can do this week to express thankfulness to God for His Goodness in your life?

 

 

 

Build A Bridge - Jesus Greatest Moments

Build A Bridge - Jesus Greatest Moments

April 30, 2019

Build A Bridge - Outline
April 28, 2019

The resurrection of Jesus is the most _________________________
event the world has ever known.

And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. (1 Corinthians 15:17, NLT)

But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died. (1 Corinthians 15:20, NLT)

The resurrection is a _________________________________ event.

Why do people build bridges?

1. Because there is ________________that needs to be spanned.

2. There is something ____________________on the other side.

3. There is __________________________to building a bridge.

By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. (2 Peter 1:3a, NLT)

God’s _____________________ shows up best when there are ___________________________in our life.

Acts 3

As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. (Acts 3:2, NLT)

But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” (Acts 3:6, NLT)

Peter saw his opportunity and addressed the crowd. “People of Israel,” he said, “what is so surprising about this? And why stare at us as though we had made this man walk by our own power or godliness? (Acts 3:12, NLT)

You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. And we are witnesses of this fact! (Acts 3:15, NLT)

“Through faith in the name of Jesus, this man was healed—and you know how crippled he was before. Faith in Jesus’ name has healed him before your very eyes. (Acts 3:16, NLT)

 

They brought in the two disciples and demanded, “By what power, or in whose name, have you done this?” (Acts 4:7, NLT)

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers and elders of our people, … Do you want to know how he was healed? (Acts 4:8-9, NLT)

Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. (Acts 4:10, NLT)

 

God’s power shows up best when there are chasms in our life.

1. _____________________________ Chasms

How do you build a bridge with someone who hurt you?

a. ______________ __________________ of God to enter in.

b. You don’t have to _______________________ what they did.

c. Making _____________________________ to forgive.

d. Allow the person to be ______________________________.

 

2. _________________________ Chasms

… for those who are not holy will not see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14, NLT)

For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. (Romans 3:23, NLT)

We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. (Romans 3:22, NLT)

 

Digging Deeper
Study Guide for individuals and small groups

Read Acts chapter 3

When Peter and John spoke to the lame man, what was he expecting?

What did Peter say in response?
What did Peter do?

How soon was the lame man healed?
How did he respond?

Who saw the lame man walking and what was their response?

Read Acts 3:11-13.
What did Peter first deny?
What had God done through this miracle?

Read Acts 3:13-15.
What did Peter accuse the crowd of concerning Jesus?
What did Peter proclaim about Jesus?
What evidence did he provide?

Read Acts 3:17-18.
What does Peter say about their guilt?
How does that relate to you, personally?

Read Acts 3:19-26
What two commands did Peter give people?
What three blessings are extended to those who obey?
When will Jesus return?

Discuss or make a list of all the significant things this chapter speaks to you about.

Take some time to pray and thank God for things you see in this chapter.

Something to Hope For - Jesus Greatest Moments

Something to Hope For - Jesus Greatest Moments

April 24, 2019

Something to Hope For - Outline

April 21, 2019

What do you hope for in life?

With all our hopes there are _____________________________.

Many people had hoped that Jesus was _____________________.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29, NLT)

 

They crucified him and hope was gone.

Hope was gone for _____________________________________.

That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. (John 20:19a, NLT)

 

Hope was gone for _____________________________________.

“Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” (John 20:13b, NLT)

 

Hope was gone for the _________________________ on the Road to Emmaus.

He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?” They stopped short, sadness written across their faces. (Luke 24:17, NLT)

________________________________ he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago. (Luke 24:21, NLT)

 

Hope was gone for ________________________________.

And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. “Peace be with you,” he said. But the whole group was startled and frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost! (Luke 24:36–37, NLT

And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’ (Luke 24:46–47, NLT)

 

Hope was gone______________________________.

They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in his hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in his side.” (John 20:25, NLT)

 

What do you hope for?

Hope #1: The hope for ________________________________.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29, NLT)

 

Hope #2: The hope for ________________________________.

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, NLT)

 

Hope #3: Hope ____________ _________________________.

No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave. Interlude (Psalm 89:48, NLT)

And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you. (Psalm 39:7, NLT)

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, (1 Peter 1:3, NIV)

Father Forgive Them - Jesus Greatest Moments

Father Forgive Them - Jesus Greatest Moments

April 15, 2019

Father Forgive Them - Outline

April 14, 2019

 What was Jesus greatest moment?

  • as a Prophet?
  • as a Healer?
  • as a Teacher?

Can you remember the most painful moment of your life?

  

Jesus Greatest Moment #1: At the Cross

  1. Father forgive them.

 When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. (Luke 23:33–34, NLT)

  1. You will be with me.

 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:42–43, NLT)

  1. Woman behold your Son

But many were amazed when they saw him. His face was so disfigured he seemed hardly human, and from his appearance, one would scarcely know he was a man. (Isaiah 52:14, NLT)

When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside the disciple he loved, he said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home. (John 19:26–27, NLT)

  1. Why have you forsaken me?

At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Matthew 27:45–46, NLT)

My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far away when I groan for help? (Psalm 22:1, NLT)

 

The most painful moment of his life was when Jesus carried our sin.

For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:21, NLT)

Yet it was our weaknesses he carried; it was our sorrows that weighed him down. And we thought his troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for his own sins! But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. (Isaiah 53:4–5, NLT)

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. (1 Peter 2:24, NLT)

 

Why did this happen to Jesus?

  1. He went through it to show his love for us.

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16, NLT)

… just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her (Ephesians 5:25b, NLT)

 

  1. He went through this to resolve the injustice of sin.

For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, (Romans 3:25, NLT)

  1. He went through this to cancel the legal demands against us.

He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. (Colossians 2:14, NIV)

  1. He suffered and died to provide for our forgiveness.

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins… (Colossians 2:13–14a, NIV)

 

Digging Deeper

Study for individuals and small groups

 

What have been the 2-3 defining moments of your life?

 

Read Luke 23:33-34.

How does Jesus prayer give insight into how God looks at our sin and at us?

What is the hardest part about forgiving someone?

Does realizing that people who hurt you don’t know what they are doing help you?

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17-21.

In what ways has Christ made you a new person?

Christ became sin for us.

What do you think about that?

We are the righteousness of God.

What does that mean?

 

Read Luke 22:19-20.

What was the Old Covenant like?

What is new about the New Covenant?

What impact should the New Covenant have on us?

What keeps you from enjoying the full impact of God’s new covenant with you?

 

Application

Is there someone you are struggling to forgive?

Take some time to consider the impact of Jesus saying, “Father forgive them” and compare his situation to yours.

Is it possible that they don’t know what they are doing?

What would it take for you to forgive them?