I’m glad to see you at West Haven this morning! If you are visiting, thanks so much for being here. I hope I can meet you by the time we are done today.
This Lord’s Day is the day commonly called “Palm Sunday.” It’s when we remember that Jesus entered Jerusalem to die for the forgiveness of our sins. And because He forgives us, we need to forgive others. So here is the question I pose to you today: Are you willing to forgive others, fully, freely, and finally?
We are going to do things quite a bit differently today. Forgiveness is the subject of the sermon. And at the end of the sermon, we will have an invitation. I am going to invite you, if so moved by the Holy Spirit, to come to the front and pray about what the Holy Spirit convicts you about this morning.
Many of you are talking to me about your discouragement at the state of the world. Don’t be discouraged! Your redemption draws near! Our collapsing culture is most certainly a call for every believer to strengthen his or her faith. As the world grows darker, we must grow brighter. God will do that in our lives if we are willing to focus on eternal things. That makes today a very important topic. Unforgiveness is to our soul what cancer is to our body. Unchecked, it brings death. However, repentance always brings life!
I know well that forgiveness is not easy. Remember that our forgiveness is never perfect. But we must be willing to forgive and I will press home that case through the Word of God this morning.
We hold our first Community Spring Festival this Saturday. Please invite friends, neighbors, and coworkers! And please know that Nathan and I greatly appreciate all of you who labor so hard to bless our community! Jeremiah 29:27 says, “Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.”
I want you to remember this truth of Scripture. Jesus loves us, and that’s not on the basis of who we are. It’s on the basis of who He is!