- A lot of people have been hurt by the Church
- Jesus teaches forgiveness
- Whatever sin you have committed can never be too big for forgiveness
- Jude 2 – Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance!
- The uncomfortableness of giving mercy in abundance
- As churches, we have two choices: to be a Church of Commandments or a Church of the Cross
- The Church of Commandments (One bad apple spoils the bunch)
- Churches that promote the Cross are more abundant than those that promote commandments.
- Mercy – a gift that is undeserved
- Matthew 18:21-22 (abundant forgiveness)
- The wrong assumption is that there is a limit on mercy.
- God does not put limits on mercy!
- God believes in reconciliation
- James 2:8
- As far as mercy and forgiveness goes
- God’s Grace and Mercy is HUGE – and we should always strive to attain it.
- The translation of ‘abundance’: MORE! The FULLEST measure! Overflowing! Profuse!
- Mercy triumphs over judgement
- God wants to meet you in your sin AND BRING YOU OUT OF IT!
- We want to be untamed, wild and passionate about forgiveness!
via Freedom from Religion Foundation (ffrf.org)
Exodus 20:15 vs Luke 19:29-34
Does God give those sent to Hell a chance to redeem themselves? Here’s an example: an atheist of the age of 18 dies in a car accident, and is thus sent to hell. They aren’t a child, but far from a developed adult either. Why is it fair that another person can go 50 years as an atheist, become a Christian at 51, and go to heaven when they die? Considering that an 18 year old does not have a lot of life experience, it IS possible that they could have changed their ways given they had the chance to live longer.
See: Hebrews 9:27, 2 Thessalonians 1:9-10, Acts 17:26-27 and Hebrews 4:12