GREAT TAKEAWAYS from Lessons 1-3 of
Forgiveness: Received from God, Extended to Others
LESSON 1: FORGIVENESS IS ALWAYS PERSONAL 1. God promises to forget our sins, and He alone is able to do that. The lie of forgive and forget makes people believe that they have the power to erase their own memories. 2. We are not the righteous judge of sin…that authority belongs to Christ alone. GOD ALONE IS OUR AVENGER. 3. Forgiveness IS NOT: excusing a sin or crime, about justice or consequences, about the offender, artificial nonchalance, avoidance, or easy. For-giveness IS: different from reconciliation.
LESSON 2: FORGIVING FAMILY WOUNDS 1. Withholding forgiveness is a sin, rooted in original sin and our sinful human nature. 2. Respond to bad treatment with an intentional, Christlike attitude of forgiveness that will bear the fruit of peace and self-control in your life.
LESSON 3: FORGIVING BETRAYAL AND ABUSE 1. God does not overlook our sins, but punished them in His Son so that we might receive His forgiveness. 2. When sinners come to repentance, two things happen: They confess their sins, and they receive forgiveness from God. 3. Anger itself is not a sin but leads to evil.
Drop-ins always welcome at Women’s Bible Study on Tuesday nights at 7:15-8:45 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall through March 27th. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-684-9895. Thank you!
OLD TESTAMENT - Exodus 14:13–31
EPISTLE - Hebrews 3:12–4:3a
HOLY GOSPEL - Mark 1:9–13
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And when He came up out of the water, immediately He saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on Him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are My beloved Son; with You I am well pleased.”
The Spirit immediately drove Him out into the wilderness. And He was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And He was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to Him.
Collection for this month’s Bridgeville area food bank is Sunday, March 11. The “item of the month” is fruit (canned and dried).
You are also welcome to help at the food bank every third Saturday of the month between 7:45 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. at Bethany Presbyterian Church.
Esther’s expression of faith looks very different from some of the other heroes in the Bible. In the midst of a dangerous and incredibly stressful situation, Esther demonstrates her remarkable faith. With the help of her cousin and the prayers of her people, she is able to gather the courage to take action against injustice, accomplishing God’s will.
“Hope in the Lord! Be strong! Let your heart take courage! Hope in the Lord!” ~ Psalm 27: 14
Want to get involved with Sunday school? Email Katie Gielarowski.
March Station Leaders
Storytelling Station: Megan Meyer
Games Station: Christine Chilcott
Cooking Station: Carrie Lemonovich
Art Station: Kara Garrubba
February Mission Month
The Sunday school children sent 34 cards to Zion’s homebound and sick members, assembled 601 bags of love for our U.S. Troops and visited residents at Broadmore!! May God bless their good and faithful work and may recipients know or come to know the everlasting love of Jesus.
Thank you to everyone who helped this month!