ROOTED: Week 4 – Forgiveness

Date:Nov 29, 2010 Ages: Price: Type: Location:

We are continuing our teaching series called:  “ROOTED: Building a lifelong faith” – Forgiveness

A few things we talked about:

1. We talked about the meaning of forgiveness and why it’s so difficult to do.

2. We walked through the scripture Matthew 18:21-39

3.  We talked through the idea that as Christians we have the ultimate example of forgiveness that comes from Christ on the cross.  How can we not forgive everyone for the things they’ve done to us when we have such an example to follow?

4. We talked about what bitterness and unforgiveness can do to us if we hold onto it.

Matthew 18:21-39

(The Message)

A Story About Forgiveness
21At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?”
22Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven.
23-25“The kingdom of God is like a king who decided to square accounts with his servants. As he got under way, one servant was brought before him who had run up a debt of a hundred thousand dollars. He couldn’t pay up, so the king ordered the man, along with his wife, children, and goods, to be auctioned off at the slave market.
26-27“The poor wretch threw himself at the king’s feet and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ Touched by his plea, the king let him off, erasing the debt.
28“The servant was no sooner out of the room when he came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him ten dollars. He seized him by the throat and demanded, ‘Pay up. Now!’
29-31“The poor wretch threw himself down and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ But he wouldn’t do it. He had him arrested and put in jail until the debt was paid. When the other servants saw this going on, they were outraged and brought a detailed report to the king.
32-35“The king summoned the man and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave your entire debt when you begged me for mercy. Shouldn’t you be compelled to be merciful to your fellow servant who asked for mercy?’ The king was furious and put the screws to the man until he paid back his entire debt. And that’s exactly what my Father in heaven is going to do to each one of you who doesn’t forgive unconditionally anyone who asks for mercy.”

Questions to talk about at home with your kids

  1. What is God’s ultimate example of forgiveness towards us?
  2. Why is it so hard to forgive others who have done mean things to us?
  3. Why do you think God calls us to practice forgiveness towards those to hurt us?
  4. How are we showing the world Jesus love when we practice forgiveness?

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