The Past or the Future?”
invites us to lay aside our past history and accounts against one another and
to instead extend grace to one another.
congregation will intentionally practice grace and forgiveness rather than
holding onto the grievances of the past.
Corinthians 5:16-21 We no longer regard
others from a human point of view, all have become new in Christ.
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
to Let Go”
are gifted with freedom from our past as we sacrifice our past hurts and
stories in order to enjoy the gifts of God’s love today.
congregation will embrace the gifts of God’s grace and let go of the past
losses and hurts that props up their egos.
3:4b-14 All things that were
accomplishments are meaningless in perspective of the surpassing gift of the
knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord.
12:1-8 Mary anoints Jesus’ feet, and
the disciples do not understand her sacrifice of love and appreciation.
In what ways do our fears from the past and
memoires of hurt influence our view of ourselves and others? How can we let go
of the stories we tell ourselves about our past which shape our hurt and
resentment? In what ways do we allow our issues and unforgiveness to dominate
our relationship with God and with one another? What would be different if
instead of living out of our past hurts, we were joyfully willing to receive
Christ’s love in the present?