– Forgiveness is not synonymous with putting away your anger and pain caused by another’s sin. Eph 4:26-27, 31-32
– Our anger/pain should be dealt with very quickly, whether the person has repented or not, whether there is reconciliation or not. Eph 4:26-27
– Biblical forgiveness is not a feeling, it is a commitment, a promise.
– Biblical forgiveness is a matter of obedience. Luke 17:3-4
– Our forgiveness should be patterned after God’s. (Eph 4:32; Col 3:13)
– Forgiveness should be gracious, but costly. (Rom 5:6-6; 1 John 4:10)
– Forgiveness should be conditioned upon repentance. (1 John 1:9; John 17:3-4; Matt 18:15-17)
– Forgiveness is a promise not to use another’s sin against them. (Rom 4:7-8; Jer 31:34; Isa 43:25).
– Forgiveness is done with a view toward reconciliation. (2 Cor 5:17-18)
– Forgiveness may not remove all consequences. (2 Sam 12:1-23; Psalm 51)
– Taking these tests can be harmless if they are not the basis for our identity or decision-making.
– As a believer, my identity is in Christ.
– As a believer, I am constantly changing by the power of the Holy Spirit.
– The bible gives me moral-guidelines and wisdom principles for decision-making that are in-line with His priorities.
– Sharing a much needed, gracious book for the church, Transforming Homosexuality: What The Bible Says About Sexual Orientiation And Change, by Denny Burk and Heath Lambert
– It holds the biblical line while offering hope for change and the HOW of change.
– Christians should not be content to condemn the sin without offering help for HOW to change.
– (Wayne Grudem) “All those who are truly born again will be kept by God’s power and will persevere as Christians until the end of their lives, and that only those who persevere until the end have been truly born again.”
– Perseverance of the saints is not exactly the same as “once saved, always saved”
– God is the author and perfecter of our faith, and yet we are exhorted to believe.
– All issues surrounding end of life require wisdom that comes only from the Lord. James 3:17, 1:5
– Taking a loved one off life support is not analogous to assisted suicide or abortion.
– All of us should talk to our loved ones long before decisions need to be made to find out what their wishes are regarding resuscitation and life-support.
– Clarity should be sought from doctors: is this a case in which there is no chance for improvement, or is the respirator allowing my loved one to heal?
– Balance is needed on this issue. The Lord calls us to care for the weak and champion justice (Acts 20:35; Matt 12:18, 23:23). He also calls us to be all about gospel ministry (Matt 28:18-20; 2 Cor 5:18-21)
– We should beware of giving ourselves to any method of achieving reconciliation that is not gospel-based. The gospel saves and sanctifies. The gospel reconciles. (Rom 1:16; Gal 1:8; Eph 2:11-16)
– We should always speak the truth in love, returning conversations like these to the gospel.
– This is not an issue to divide over. We can agree to disagree.
– The gift of faith, sovereignly given by God’s Holy Spirit, cannot/will not be finally resisted by the elect
– Faith is a gift of God. Phil 1:29; Eph 2:8-9
– God saves without dependence upon man. Acts 9:3-16; 16:14; 1 Cor 1:30-31
– Those whom the Father chooses will be saved. Acts 13:48; John 6:37; Rom 8:30
– This doctrine should lead us to humility, gratitude, and greater freedom/confidence in evangelism.