Why Church: Week 4

Pastor Pete Hartwig

Sermon Notes

SLIDE:  Why Church – Forgiveness


SLIDE:  Luke 17:3-10   Sin, Faith, Duty

17  So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.” The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”





DAD =  18 you are out!


To be a Hartwig =  You leave at 18 and go to college





SLIDE:  Forgiveness is the currency of the Kingdom of God




They didn’t start a new life where we have!




Jesus forgive me!


Luke 23:34   Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.


SLIDE:  A forgiving God!

Isaiah 1:18

“Come now, let us settle the matter,”

says the Lord.

“Though your sins are like scarlet,

they shall be as white as snow;

though they are red as crimson,

they shall be like wool.


Isaiah 43:25

“I, even I, am he who blots out

your transgressions, for my own sake,

and remembers your sins no more.





SLIDE:  Matthew 6:14-15 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.


Luke 6:37 Forgiving Others

37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.


Colossians 3:12-13


Colossians 3:12-13

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.


SLIDE:  Matthew 18: The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. (FOOTNOTE)  70 x 7!




SIN …  we know we need forgiveness.


MY RIGHTS!  I will get walked on.






The one who feels violated is the only one who can say “I forgive you”.


I am willing to turn loose of this pain and the person who caused it.


The one you have cursed…  you set free… and pray a blessing over them.


Forgiveness look you didn’t take it seriously.


The pain of it.  And the release of it.


Forgiveness negates and fulfills ALL righteousness.