If you consider Kings Church to be your spiritual home, we would really love you to make every effort to come along to this course. No matter how long you’ve been attending the church, this course is for you!
To book a place, please contact the church office.
We are really looking forward to continuing with our Paraclesis course. This course encourages using your life experiences to come alongside others and journey through tough times with them. It also teaches ways to connect more with one another, which is vital in the church. Connectivity allows us to grow and flourish, in a happy environment made up of people who build each other up!
Thank you to everyone who has donated to our food bank!
This month we are in need of tinned meatballs, UHT milk and jelly.
If you can help with this, it’d be hugely appreciated.
This coming Sunday 27th November at 10.30am, Ben Cooley, the CEO of Hope For Justice, will be joining us to tell us all about the wonderful work that Hope for Justice are doing to help put an end to human trafficking. Ben is a fantastic, inspirational speaker – please make every effort to be there, you won’t be disappointed!
For more information on Hope for Justice, visit http://hopeforjustice.org
This years Christmas Market was fantastic and raised over £500 for New Hope Uganda UK, for more information on the work they do visit www.newhopeugandauk.org. Here are a few snaps from the day.
“Forgiveness is an act of the will, and the will can function regardless of the temperature of the heart.” ~ Corrie Ten Boom
Acts 3v19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord…
Our last day on forgiveness starts with the story of a woman who forgave much.
Corrie Ten Boom’s family hid Jews in their Dutch house during the war. A Dutch informant betrayed the family and they were incarcerated in concentration camps. All but Corrie died there. She had every reason to be bitter but instead, with true Christian attitude she set up a center of rehabilitation for camp survivors AND took in those who cooperated with the Nazis. Her life exhibited forgiveness, as she set her will to forgive every atrocity she suffered.
We can learn from her example that forgiveness comes from the will initially regardless how we may feel.
Peter’s call to the crowd to repent in Acts 3 is a call to each one of us today. To repent is to turn around and head in the opposite direction. Let’s be people whose lives exhibit a forgiving spirit, who love much because we’ve been forgiven much.
Father in Heaven,
Today I choose to release everything that has tried to hold me back. I release the past; I release bitterness; I release failures and missed opportunities. Instead, I embrace your grace and power to boldly move forward into the blessing you have for me. In Jesus’ name Amen.
The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom.
See this clip. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxoMbPWuk0I
14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
I don’t know about you but I did a double take and re-read these verses to check I’d understood. Some people mull over hard to understand verses in the Bible but I find some of the clearest verses much more tricky as there’s no dodging what they say.Is Jesus really saying God’s forgiveness is conditional ?Check out these passages too.
Mark 11:25-26 “And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if you do not forgive, neither will your father who is in heaven forgive.”
Matthew 18:34-35 “And the master was angry and he handed him over to the jailers until he pay back all he owed. So will my father who is in heaven also do to you if each one of you does not forgive his brother from your hearts.”
Jesus is teaching believers here, people who are saved, people who have unconditionally been forgiven. He sets out how our faith must be put into action The more we grasp God’s grace, the more we give grace to others, we pass on the gift as we forgive.
Unforgiveness robs us of a full life in God and leads to bitterness. We may not want to forgive those who’ve hurt sometimes in truly dreadful ways But remember, God holds them accountable. Forgiving doesn’t mean downplaying a wrongdoing or necessarily always reconciling but it does mean taking out the hook we have in that person and leaving them to God. It is a process and our starting point maybe Lord help me to be willing to want to forgive.
Lord help me remember the huge debt you paid for me when you saved me was freely given by Jesus. May I pass on your gift of grace as you help me to forgive past hurts, betrayals, wrongs and lies.
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? “Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Matt18v21-22
Our reading today doesn’t set a limit on forgiving others but rather shows the limitless way we should forgive just as we are forgiven again and again by God.
To fully understand what Jesus was saying, let’s look at the context of the whole chapter, for Jesus was speaking not only about forgiving one another but also about Christian character. The admonition to forgive our brother seventy times seven follows Jesus’ teaching on discipline in the church (Matthew 18:15-20), in which He lays down the rules for restoring a sinning brother.
The Jewish rabbis at the time taught that forgiving someone more than three times was unnecessary. By offering forgiveness more than double that of the Old Testament example, Peter perhaps expected extra commendation from the Lord. When Jesus responded that forgiveness should be offered four hundred and ninety times, far beyond that which Peter was proposing, it must have stunned the disciples who were listening. Although they had been with Jesus for some time, they were still thinking in the limited terms of the law, rather than in the unlimited terms of grace.
By saying we are to forgive those who sin against us seventy times seven, Jesus was not limiting forgiveness to 490 times, a number that is, for all practical purposes, beyond counting. Christians with forgiving hearts not only do not limit the number of times they forgive; they continue to forgive with as much grace the thousandth time as they do the first time. We are only capable of this type of forgiving spirit because the Spirit of God lives within us, and it is He who provides the ability to offer forgiveness over and over, just as God forgives us over and over.
Clearly, forgiveness is not to be handed out in a limited fashion but is to be abundant, overflowing, and available to all, just as the measureless grace of God is poured out upon us.
My failure to be true even to my own accepted standards: O Lord, forgive!
“My self-deception in the face of temptation: O Lord, forgive!
My choosing of the worse when I knew the better:O Lord forgive!
My failure to apply to myself the standards of conduct that I demand of others; Lord forgive!
My blindness to the suffering of others and my slowness to be taught by my own: O Lord, forgive!
My complacence toward wrongs that do not touch my won case and my over sensitiveness to those that do: O Lord, forgive!
My hardness of heart toward my neighbor’s faults and my readiness to make allowance for my own: O Lord for give!
My unwillingness to believe that You have called me to a small work and my brother to a great one: O Lord, forgive!
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1v19
Today we are looking at forgiveness between ourselves and God through Jesus. We can ask for God’s forgiveness based upon Christ having already paid for our sins and our having trusted in Him as Savior and He forgives us. However, even though we are released from the bondage to sin, we can still choose to wallow in it and act as though we are not freed from it. We can accept the fact that we are forgiven in Christ, or we can believe the devil’s lie that we are still guilty and should therefore feel guilty.
The Bible says that when God forgives us, He “remembers our sins no more” (Jeremiah 31:34). This does not mean that the all-knowing God forgets because He forgives us. Rather, He chooses not to bring up our sin to Himself or others. When our former sins come to mind, we can choose to dwell upon them (with the resulting guilty feelings), or we can choose to fill our minds with thoughts of the awesome God who forgave us and thank and praise Him for it (Philippians 4:8). Remembering our sins is only beneficial when it reminds us of the extent of God’s forgiveness and makes it easier for us to forgive others.
Sadly, there are people who don’t “forgive themselves,” that is, who don’t move beyond their past, because they really don’t want to forget their former sins. Each time we mentally relive our sin, we commit the same sin over again.
God will allow our sin to come to mind (Satan may intend it for an evil purpose, but God allows it for a good purpose), but He wants us to accept His forgiveness and rejoice in His grace. So, the next time your former sins come to mind, “change the channel” by choosing to dwell upon His mercies (it might help to make a list of verses that encourage you to praise) and think about how we should loathe sin. Forgiveness should remind us of the great Saviour who forgave us, undeserving though we will always be, and draw us closer in loving obedience to Him.
Prayer. Father, bless me with the wonderful power of forgiveness; give me the grace to unconditionally forgive those who have done me wrong. Give me the strength to let go of all ill will, the strength to forgive myself of my own failings and sins, knowing that you have already forgiven me. Free me of all anger bitterness, hate and unforgiveness and fill me with Your Spirit. Amen