Words to Build a Life On – Forgiveness
Matthew 6:12-15
Dr. Jeffrey Clark

The Big Idea: How do we apply Jesus’ warning about forgiving others to our own forgiveness?

  • First, a word about warnings.
  • Second, clarify what forgiveness is NOT.
  • Third, forgiveness reveals something genuine and real about God’s heart.
  • Fourth, withholding forgiveness is a sure way to lose spiritual ground.


Quick Review: Looking back at your notes from this week’s teaching, was there anything that particularly caught your attention, challenged or confused you?

My Story: The sentence following the disciple’s prayer (commonly called the Lord’s Prayer) contains a severe warning. Indeed, warnings are not uncommon in the Bible. Can you think of a time when you heard a warning… and listened? Or when you disregarded a warning… and paid the price?

Digging Deeper:

  1. It may be helpful to review what forgiveness is NOT. It does not mean consequences are averted or that trust is fully restored. Discuss.
  2. In between verses 12 and 14 is a prayer about temptation and the evil one. How does a lack of forgiveness open the door to temptation and to lost ground to the evil one? (Hebrews 12:15, Ephesians 4:27)
  3. Read Matthew 18:23-35, Jesus’ parable about forgiveness. Pay attention to the “disconnect” between the graciousness of the king toward his debtor and the hostility of the servant toward his debtor. What does this parable teach us about a needful attitude toward forgiveness?

Taking It Home: Ask God to bring to mind any person(s) you need to forgive, or be forgiven by. Put names down on a list. Ask God for a willing heart to make amends. Seek out a trusted mentor who can help you discern how to move forward in giving or receiving forgiveness. Make direct amends wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. Take the step of faith and forgive!


If you are visiting, we want to extend a special welcome to you and invite you to an informal reception immediately following our worship service. On Saturday, Pastor Jeff will be available in the Celebration Center, and on Sunday, he and his wife, Mary, will meet you at the Welcome Center in the entryway.


Tables are setup in the lobby with information concerning small group opportunities. Sermon-based groups will begin meeting during the upcoming week. Please stop by to see which group is a fit for your family. If you have never been part of a small group, let us recommend The Bridge. You can sign up at the table in the entryway or indicate your interest on a communication card.


This weekend, after the Sunday service, we will be having a shower/luncheon for the student center to celebrate the new space. There is a registry on Amazon, titled “DV8 Student Ministry,” where you can view the wish list. Please consider helping us furnish this special new space to show our students how much they are loved.


Please note that this event has been postponed until the spring. Thank you for your willingness to serve and watch for details then.


We value and cherish the monthly breaking of bread together at the Lord’s Table, which we often call “communion.” It has been our habit to set aside the first Sunday of the month, as well as the Saturday which precedes it, as our time to commemorate the sacrifice and love that this time represents. However, because of our upcoming Stronger Marriage Conference, we will celebrate the Lord’s Table on the second weekend (October 11-12) in order to give proper attention and devotion to this ordinance. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to celebrating the Lord’s Table together with you then. VIEW FROM THE RIDGE We had a great meeting last weekend at View from the Ridge. It was a blessing to see Connor Sedbrook baptized and to see Steve and Debbie Herman become members. If you were not able to attend, the packets from the meeting are available in the media stands in the entryway.


The weekend marriage conference is almost here. Whether you’ve been married five days or five decades, there’s something for you. Check out our keynote speakers, Bill and Pam Farrel, at Then, register on our website before next weekend to receive a $5 discount. In a culture where marriage is under attack, let’s get stronger!


We are testing out a new outreach event this year, during the fall. On October 31, we will fill the lot with vehicles to provide a safe place for kids to “trunk or treat” in our community. Would you or your small group partner with us to decorate a trunk and hand out candy? Please contact Maryjean Fowler to get involved.


Our menu this week includes lasagna, veggies, bread, salad and dessert for $2.50 per person with a maximum of $10.00 per family. This is a great way to share a meal with a neighbor.


Ticket sales have begun for the MOPS Barn Dance on November 8, featuring a silent auction and a chili cook-off. All proceeds support the Mothers of Preschoolers program. Tickets can be purchased in the office or from a MOPS representative for $10 each.

Mauricio Erazo
Youth for Christ Honduras Ministries


  • Successfully working in Santiago Pimienta with families that have more than 200 kids and teens.
  • We were able to concentrate a big part of our efforts and resources to help kids get supplies for school and sports equipment.


  • In need of supplies to complete the improvements to the Youth center and housing for the volunteers.

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