Sermon on Sunday October 21, 2012 by Pastor Thomas Tate


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Sermon Outline


The Power of Forgiveness


  • For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

–      1 Corinthians 1:18


  • But one whom you forgive anything, I forgive also; for indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ, so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.

–       2 Corinthians 2:10,11

  • Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.

–      Ephesians 4:26-27

Angry (orgē) – under certain conditions is to entertain a righteous passion which sometimes involves moderate anger for good which is not only permitted but good.

Anger (Parorismos) – irritation, exasperation, embitterment that may spring up from orgē. To be so angry that one is beside himself, out of his sound mind.

  • Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have relieved me in my distress; Be gracious to me and hear my prayer. O sons of men, how long will my honor become a reproach? How long will you love what is worthless and aim at deception? But know that the Lord has set apart the godly man for Himself; The Lord hears when I call to Him. Tremble [anger], and do not sin; Meditate in your heart upon your bed, and be still.  Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And trust in the Lord. Many are saying, “Who will show us any good?” Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O Lord! You have put gladness in my heart, More than when their grain and new wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.

–      Psalm 4

  • Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity.

–      Ephesians 4:26-27


  • “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. “For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? “You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

–      Matthew 7:1-5


  • Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
  • Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.

–      Ephesians 4:29-32

  • But Jesus was saying , “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing.”

–      Luke 23:34a


  • To sum up, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic, brotherly, kindhearted, and humble in spirit; not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.

–      1 Peter 3:8-9

Sermon-based Bible Study Questions

1. What does it mean to feel like your losing when it comes to forgiving someone else? Why is it so hard to forgive sometimes?

2. Read 2 Corinthians 2:5-11 and Ephesians 4:26-27.  Talk about a time when you have seen the devil use unforgiveness to destroy lives and relationships (in your life or someone else’s).

3. Read Ephesians 4:26-27.  How does understanding that the two words for anger in this passage are different, one being more of a righteous anger and the other an out of control anger, help?  Read Psalms 4 and discuss how this explains this passage further.

4. How does understanding our own brokenness help us to forgive others? (Matthew 7:1-5).  Can you think of a time when you didn’t feel like someone should be forgiven? Can you think of a time when someone didn’t forgive you? Read Matthew 6:14-15 and discuss the implications of this text.

5. Read Ephesians 4:29-32. How are we to forgive others? How much has God forgiven us? How does all the commands in these verses pertain to a peaceful forgiving life?

6. Read Luke 23:34a.  Didn’t the people who crucified Jesus know exactly what they were doing? What did Jesus mean by these words?  How can we take that attitude and use it daily with others?

7. In 1 Peter what does it say one of our purposes in life is?  What will we inherit for it?  Discuss when a time, that you have seen forgiveness heal a relationship? What kinds of blessing can come with living a life with a forgiving and kindhearted attitude?

8. Say a prayer together and have a moment of silence to ask God to help you unconditionally forgive someone that needs your forgiveness.  Also think of someone you need to go and ask forgiveness from.