Sermon: “Choosing: The Past or the Future?”
Theme: God invites us to lay aside our past history and accounts against one another and to instead extend grace to one another.
Purpose: The congregation will intentionally practice grace and forgiveness rather than holding onto the grievances of the past.
Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 We no longer regard others from a human point of view, all have become new in Christ.
Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 The parable of the Prodigal Son and the older brother, a story of forgiveness and struggling to choose love over resentment.
What does it mean for us to cease to see people from a human point of view? How do we open our minds and hearts to seeing people differently? Does forgiveness mean that we allow others to take advantage of us? How do we practice grace and forgiveness while at the same time recognizing healthy boundaries and wisdom in relationships? How is the story of the Prodigal Son a story of God’s grace and our need to develop healthy relationships?