This was not an easy sermon to preach. But it was a necessary one. Far too many Christians do not follow the Matthew 18 protocol to handle disagreements, offenses, or concerns. Why? Either we still don’t know the protocol, or, more likely, we ignore the protocol because other means of “dealing with our concerns” are easier. So how do we get back to addressing concerns in the way of Jesus?
We often keep to the aerial blimp view of the world and of the church, which certainly has value but can keep us from seeing each person. We explore Jesus’ use of the expression “little one” and His parable about a shepherd’s concern for one sheep in need.
In our 3rd lesson exploring how Christians should handle Memory, we consider the memories of the times we have been wronged by others. We first consider 6 possible responses to sin against us, all of them chaining us to the memory. So we then consider another way - the way of forgiveness. If this is God's intention for my handling of these memories, what makes forgiveness possible? What is my strategy?
When a rift in a relationship occurs, who is responsible for taking the initiative and extending the olive branch? We look at 2 texts (Matthew 5 and Matthew 18) to discuss multiple scenarios...all of which come back to you, whether you are at fault or not.