Sunday, October 23, 2011

C3 Church Live Blogging: Love (Week 6)

This weekend, C3 Church continues a new series entitled, "LOVE." Stay tuned during the 9:15 & 11:15 a.m. service (EST) for a live blog of Chris Pipe's sermon.

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10:22 am
If you would like to make a fresh start in your life and receive God's love, pray this prayer: 
Dear God, I realize I've sinned and I need you. Thank you for dying on the cross and rising from the grave. Come in to my heart and save me. Thank you for giving me eternal and abundant life. Help me to live for you, for the rest of my life. In Jesus' name. Amen. 
To share your story, want more information about next steps, or just in need of prayer, please contact Pastor Matt Fry.
10:20 am
Chris offers a challenge. If you have a deep hate for someone, forgive them today. 
10:15 am
Chris talks about an Amish community and a guy that planned to murder a bunch of people in a school. The man was heavily armed. He pushed all teachers and boys out, but kept the girls. He was so upset at God that he ended up killing a bunch of kids.
A mother that lost her daughter wrote a letter some 12 years later to the killer (who was now dead because he committed suicide). Once she emailed the letter telling him that she forgave him. Immediately, upon her releasing the letter, she felt the weight of bitterness and anger leave her. 
The Amish families forgave the killer. They forgave the man and actually supported the widow through financial support. 
10:12 am
Forgive and forget is not Biblical. Pains and scars do not go away. God does not forget, but he DOES forgive.
10:09 am
We show love by choosing to give up our right to be offended. We sometimes think that we have a right to be offended. We show love by making four promises: 1) I will not dwell on this incident. 2) I will not bring up this incident again and use it against you. 3) I will not talk to others about this incident (no gossip). 4) I will not let this incident stand between us or hinder our personal relationship.
10:07 am
If you can talk to someone in person, do it. If you can't do it in person, call them. If you cannot reach them, write a letter. You have to get it out of you.
10:06 am
Ok, so I know that I need to forgive but the question is HOW? God gives you the ability and courage. We show love by keeping short relational accounts. Don't wait until tomorrow to forgive, do it NOW.
10:02 am
Are you willing to apply your forgiveness policy to be the standard for how God forgives you? If you don't forgive others then God won't forgive you.
10:00 am
An apostle asked Jesus how many times one should forgive others. Jesus said that we should forgive each other 70 x 7. Forgiveness is always, it has no limits. There is no guarantee that it won't happen again because it probably will. 
9:58 am
Chris tells a story of a young girl sitting in the back seat of the car. She says, sin is like the rain on a car and the windshield wiper is like God wiping our sins away. Did you notice that the rain keeps coming? The girl said that will we keep sinning, God keeps forgiving.
9:54 am
Unforgiveness tortures us physically and emotionally. Our bodies are not created to hold on to hate, bitterness, and unforgiveness. When you do not forgive others, you open your life to the enemy. God doesn't want us to live life like that. If we do not forgive, we actually build a wall between us and God.
9:52 am
Chris tells a story of a king and his slave. When the slave could not repay a debt to the king, he pleaded for mercy. The king forgave his debt. Moments later, the same slave found someone else who owed him money. When the fellow slave could not repay a debt, he did everything he could to have him locked up. When the king found out that this happened, he threw the book at the slave for not forgiving a debt when his own debt was forgiven.
9:50 am
The wages of sin is death. We don't want to end up in Hell and we can never reach perfection. Also, we will never do enough to make up for the bad we do. However, through Jesus our ledger gets wiped clean. We become as clean as snow. With that written, how can we not forgive others when God eagerly forgives us.
9:48 am
What does the Bible say about unforgiveness. Here is a fact, we all sin every day. God knows all and sees all. He has a ledger of everything we have done and thought. 
9:46 am
The Romans did a good job of keeping track accounting. In business, this is a great skill to have. However, in relationships, we shouldn't keep track of how others do us wrong. 
9:43 am
Chris talks about his days as a child where he played soccer. As a child, we get hurt and then bounce back. As we get older, we don't bounce back as quickly when hurt. Three or four days later, he's still hurt. 
Many of us can understand physical pain and many more of us understand the emotional pain. We have a natural tendency to store up our hurt in order to "get back" at others when they do us harm. 
Today, we'll talk about how real love does not keep any record of wrongs. 
9:42 am
Foundational Bible verse for this sermon is 1 Corinthian 13:1-8 (NIV)
9:40 am
Chris Pipes comes on stage singing "I can't fight this feeling anymore..." 


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