Celebrating 78 Years Of Ministry
To God Be The Glory
Current Sermon Series: "Good News For All People"
June 26th Message: "Adam verses Christ"
Read Romans 5:12-21.
Please join us at 10:45 AM.
Our new Music Minister, Leland Parks, has begun
his ministry. Join us for uplifting praise and worship.
Our new Children's Minister, Jenny Jackson, has begun
her ministry "His Kids". Bring your children to children's
church for worship, learning and fun.
Our new youth ministry: "youth 4 Him" has begun.
They will meet each Monday at 7 PM for grades 7 thru 12. Michael Morris is the leader. Join them for Bible study, field trips, sharing the love of God and possibly a sports team.
Each Tuesday - Prayer meeting in the chapel at 9:00 AM.
Exercise Class on Wednesdays at 1:30 PM. For men and women of all ages. Handicapped accessible.
Each Saturday - Men's Bible Study at 9:00 AM
Third Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM - The Food Pantry is open to all who are in need.
Forgive Us Our Debts
Jesus taught us to pray, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matt 6.12). Here “debts” refer to sins that we have committed. In Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer, it says, “Forgive us our sins” (Luke 11.4). In this prayer, Jesus is teaching us to seek God’s forgiveness and to share that forgiveness with others. A few things stand out about this prayer.
First, this prayer reminds us that we are not perfect. Jesus taught us to pray for forgiveness when we fall short, and this assumes that we will fall short at times. There is great victory in Jesus Christ. However, we don’t always utilize the grace and power offered to us. And when we don’t, we stumble and let the Lord down. Thankfully, there is forgiveness for us when we fail God. The Lord wants to forgive us, and that is why Jesus taught us to pray for God’s forgiveness. But it doesn’t stop there. In this same prayer, we also ask for strength not to yield to temptation and for deliverance from the evil one (Matt 6.13). God forgives, but he also frees us from sin’s power.
Second, this prayer assures us that God will forgive us when we ask him. Jesus would not have taught us this prayer, if he knew that God would not answer it. By giving us this prayer, Jesus is assuring us of the Father’s forgiveness. He knew that the Father would answer this prayer because the Father is loving and merciful. Jesus also knew that this prayer would be answered because he would soon give his life to atone for our sin. At the Last Supper, Jesus took the cup and said, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins” (Matt 26.28). His blood shed on the cross is the basis for our forgiveness. In fact, without his atoning death, there would be no forgiveness from God. As Hebrews 9.22 says, “Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.” So if you have failed God, realize that he will forgive you of your sin based on the blood of Christ shed for you (1 John 1.7, 9).
Last, this prayer speaks not only of God’s forgiveness, but also of our need to forgive those who have wronged us. We are to pray for God to forgive our debts “as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Jesus explains, “For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matt 6.14-15). In these verses, Jesus reminds us of the conditional nature of forgiveness. To be forgiven we must also forgive others. How can we expect God to forgive our sin if we’re not willing to forgive people who sin against us? It is hypocritical to pray for God’s forgiveness while being unwilling to forgive people ourselves (Matt 18.21-35). Of course, it’s not easy to forgive, but it is possible by God’s grace. So as you pray for God’s forgiveness, pray also for the strength to forgive those who have hurt you. God will give you that strength if you ask him for it.