Forgiven – Part 1: Received

Forgiven – Part 1: Received

Received
Forgiven – Part 1
October 2-3, 2021
Dr. Jeffrey Allen Love

Series Memory Verse:
“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”
Colossians 3:13 (p.904)

  • Forgiveness Is Available But Not Automatic.  

”…forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.”
Matthew 6:12 (p.737)

  1. Recognize I’ve sinned.

“Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, ‘Look at this woman kneeling here. When I entered your home, you didn’t offer me water to wash the dust from my feet, but she has washed them with her tears and wiped them with her hair.’”    
Luke 7:44 (p.788)

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”
Romans 3:23 (p.859)

  1. Receive God’s gift.

“I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Luke 7:47 (p.788)

“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23 (p.861)

  1. Let Jesus make it right.

”Then Jesus said to the woman, ‘Your sins are forgiven.’” Luke 7:48 (p.788)

“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.” Romans 5:8-9 (p.860)

  1. Openly declare my faith in Jesus.

“And Jesus said to the woman, ‘Your faith has saved you; go in peace.’”
Luke 7:50 (p.788)

”If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.”                    Romans 10:9–10 (p.864)

Next Step: _______ I see that forgiveness is offered but not automatic and see that I need to focus on element #________ today and throughout this week.


Discussion/Groups Guide
Weekend Talk of October 2/3, 2021
Forgiven – Part 1: Received

Life Groups use this guide in their discussion and study of the Weekend Talk. Use this also as a discussion guide with your family and friends.

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Conversation Starters

  • Have you ever been negatively accused of hanging out with the wrong crowd? Was it a legitimate issue (they really were bad for you) or was it unfounded, and you were just seeking to help or minister to them?
  • Talk about a time when you felt like you were an outsider who was not welcome. How did that make you feel? Did anything ever change with that group?
  • What would happen if you accepted an uninvited guest into your home?

Quick Review

Looking back at your Talk Notes, was there anything you heard in the service that stood out, challenged, or maybe even confused you?

Discussion Starters from the Weekend Talk

Refer to the Talk Notes and Bible verses from the Talk Notes.

This week’s One Thing: The key principle that Pastor Jeff Love emphasized is:

Forgiveness Is Available But Not Automatic.

  • Background: Luke 7:36-50 (p.788)
  • Series Memory Verse: Colossians 3:13 (p.904)
  • See Matthew 6:12 (p.737)
  • Jeff used a $20 bill to illustrate the One Thing. He offered it, but only a person who accepts the bill receives its benefits.

Dennis and Judy Thomas were on hand during Jeff’s Talk to report on their mission assignment in Egypt over the summer. What did you take away from the account of their experiences? Have you ever traveled abroad for missions?

Jeff challenged us to consider three actions we must take in order to begin to live on a foundation of forgiveness:

  1. Recognize I’ve sinned. (Luke 7:36-46 (p.788); Romans 3:23 (p.859))
    • Have you ever been invited to someone’s home, but you felt unwelcomed?
    • How would you have reacted if you were at this table? Was she a nuisance or a sinner like you?
    • Have you ever wept because you felt the weight of sin? Weeping or no, when did you first realize your need for Jesus?
    • Share a time when you did an act of humility.
  2. Receive God’s gift. (Luke 7:47 (p.788); Romans 6:23 (p.861))
    • Read or quote John 3:16 (p.811) as a group.
    • What is the most valuable gift you have ever received (besides salvation)? Were there any strings attached, or hidden costs? How important is it that the gift is truly FREE?
  3. Let Jesus make it right. (Luke 7:48-49 (p.788); Romans 5:8-11 (p.860))
    • When did you first receive the forgiveness that Jesus offers?
    • Talk about the impact of Jesus’ words, “Your sins are forgiven.”
    • When have you tried to make things right when you really needed to surrender them to Jesus?
  4. Openly declare my faith in Jesus. (Luke 7:50; Romans 10:9-10 (p.864))
    • See also Romans 1:16 (p.857)
    • What does it mean to “openly declare?” How does this happen?
    • Are you a new believer? What steps are you taking to grow?
    • Do you know a new believer? What steps are you taking to help them grow?

Digging Deeper (usually to study on your own)

  • Take a look at an account similar to what we studied in Luke 7 (some say it may even be the same account). See Matthew 26:6-13 (p.756); Mark 14:1-10 (p.775); and John 12:2-8 (p.821).
    • Find similarities and differences.
    • Reflect on who and where you see yourself in these accounts.
  • What is key about these accounts is the transformation in the life of the woman.  She took something very precious and gave it away in an act of humble humility and got something back: salvation, which cannot be valued in human terms. 
    • She did not BUY her salvation, but she did receive it. What did she do?
    • What did you put on the alter when you came to Jesus?
  • Within the group (or on your own) discuss/unpack the frustration people may think they have in serving God. Pray through these barriers as a group. Be careful because what may seem like a mountain to one person may be a grain of sand to another, but even a grain of sand can cause discomfort.

My Next Step This Week:
_____ I see that forgiveness is offered but not automatic and I see that I need to focus on element #________ today and throughout this week.

Use the link on the app or go to your Connection Card at www.alivechurch.com/card to indicate you are taking this Next Step so that we can pray for you.