Sermons on Forgiveness

Sermons on Forgiveness

2 Timothy 4:6-18

SERIES:  2 Timothy Final Instructions for Paul’s Progeny                                                     SPEAKER:  Michael P. Andrus                        Note: This sermon is both a conclusion to a series on the Book of Acts and an exposition of 2 Timothy 4:6-18.   Introduction:  I’ve enjoyed our study of Acts so much that this week I had withdrawal pains.  So, I decided to preach a postscript to the Book today.  We noted last Lord’s Day that Acts is an unfinished book and intentionally so, because every generation of the church has a chapter to…

1 Corinthians 5; 2 Corinthians 2:5-11

Restoring Fallen Brothers and Sisters Introduction:  Last week I preached a hard-hitting message on sin in the church and the need for the church to discipline its members.  I am going to speak with equal vigor today about the need for forgiveness and restoration for those who have fallen once they have repented.   I want to begin today with a question:  What would you say is the most representative symbol of the Church of Jesus Christ?  Would you suggest a cross?  If so, you’re no doubt in the majority.  But what about a fish,…

1 Cor. 6:12-20

Six Reasons Why Sex Outside Marriage Is Wrong SCRIPTURE: 1 Cor. 6:12-20                                                                    Introduction:  I read recently of a wife who went to lunch with eleven other women who were taking a French course together, since their children were all in school.  One rather bold woman asked the rest, “How many of you have been faithful throughout your marriage?”  Only one raised her hand.  That evening when the woman of our story related the incident to her husband and admitted she was not the one who had…

1 Corinthians 6, 2 Samuel 11-12

Sin Will Take You Further Than You Want to Go SCRIPTURE: 1 Corinthians 6, 2 Samuel 11-12                            Introduction:  A Southern Gospel song I heard only once in my life, but remember clearly, goes like this:   “Sin will take you further than you want to go, Slowly but wholly taking control. Sin will keep you longer than you want to stay, Sin will cost you more than you want to pay.” That is the message I want to share with you today.  Several weeks…

Daniel 6, 1 Cor. 6:9-20

Flee Immorality Introduction:  In Daniel 6 we were challenged to follow Daniel’s example of exceptional allegiance to duty in the face of temptation.  We considered a number of crises facing us today (integrity, marriage, parenting), but time did not permit us to examine the crisis in sexual immorality.  We return to that topic this morning.   Pastors have been known to make sweeping statements, sometimes overstatements, to wake a congregation up, statements like: “Never before in the history of mankind has sin been darker,”…

Colossians 1:1-14

Celebrating the Church SCRIPTURE:  Colossians 1:1-14 SPEAKER:  Michael P. Andrus Introduction:   We begin a new series today on the brief, but powerful, New Testament book called “Colossians.”  This letter was written centuries ago to a small church being bombarded by philosophies and practices that were incompatible with the Christian faith.  These philosophies are surprisingly similar to the New Age ideas and a New Morality being touted in our own culture, so much so that one can legitimately call New Age thought “ancient heresy,” and the…

Colossians 2:9-15

What Do You Have If You Have Jesus?   SCRIPTURE: Colossians 2:9-15 SPEAKER: Michael P. Andrus Introduction:   If I had my choice to listen to any preacher anywhere, I wouldn’t choose Billy Graham, Chuck Swindoll, Charles Stanley, or even Stewart Briscoe, as great as those communicators are—I’d take Dr. E. V. Hill.  Dr. Hill is from Los Angeles, the pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, and he is a preacher’s preacher, combining the best of black revivalism with good sound theology and…

Matthew 6:5-15

This Is How You Should Pray  Introduction:  On this second Sunday of our month-long all-church sabbatical, I want us to return to the Sermon on the Mount.  Last Lord’s Day, because of the outbreak of war in the Middle East, we took a brief excursion to the 40th chapter of Isaiah, but the remainder of our sabbatical themes will come from the 6th chapter of Matthew.  I want to begin this morning by reading part of the passage I skipped last Sunday and then continue…

Matthew 8:23-9:8

Jesus:  Lord Over Everything                 Introduction:  The Gospel authors chose their stories carefully and for a purpose.  They had such amazing material to choose from.  John tells us that Jesus did many other miracles besides the ones John recorded.  In fact, “If every one of them were written down,” he said, “I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written” (John 21:25).  So when we come to a section like our Scripture text today we should ask why the author has chosen…

Matthew 12:22-32

The Only Sin that Cannot Be Forgiven                Introduction: I trust every one of you had a delightful Christmas.  We were in Oklahoma last weekend to visit my mom and to attend a funeral on Saturday afternoon, and because of the snow we couldn’t get back until just before Josh’s sermon, but I was so glad I got back for that.  He did a great job and the church was packed.  I encourage you to listen to that message on the web, especially if…

Acts 13:13-52

 How to Be Free Indeed Introduction:  Everyone cherishes freedom.  Political freedom is sought by people everywhere, and they will devise ingenious methods to get through the Berlin Wall, or pay exorbitant sums to gain a place on a boat leaving Indochina, or risk their lives in the face of guns in the Philippines, all for political liberty. People are also desperate for religious freedom.  Our own church’s forefathers cherished freedom from the state churches of Scandinavia, so much so that they named their…

Acts 29, 2 Tim. 4:6-18

Postscript on Acts Introduction:  I’ve enjoyed our study of Acts so much that this week I had withdrawal pains.  So, I decided to preach a postscript to the Book today.  We noted last Lord’s Day that Acts is an unfinished book and intentionally so, because every generation of the church has a chapter to write concerning the acts of the Holy Spirit in their day.  What I didn’t say, however, is that the NT itself gives us further information about what happened to the…
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