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2011-06-05 Be a Forgiving Person

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by Gloria Li
5 June 2011 Sunday

 

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Presider (Pastor Jassica Wang):
    Good morning, my dear brothers and sisters. First of all, I want to say that I’m very sorry that today we started late. Because this morning service we have the Holy Communion service, and also we have visitors to our church to worship with us. So we are late. We are so sorry. I’m sure you will forgive us in Christ.
    Okay, let us warm up and say hello to your neighbors. If you are a regular attender, please welcome the new comers around you: say good morning and ask them some specific questions, and make friends in 1 minute. ……


 

    Okay, I’m sure you are so exciting to make new friends, so hopefully after the service you can invite each other to have lunch together. But before the service, let us bow down and pray together: 
    Dear Lord, our heavenly Father, the Holy Spirit, Trinity God, thank you so much for the day you made for us. This is a day that Lord you made for all of us. This is a day that Lord you made for all of us to praise you and worship you together. This is a day that Lord you promise us that you will call upon us and you will give us your peace and your love. Lord, let us feel your presence, through the worship and through your Word. Lord, please touch our hearts; let us know that God, you are a faithful God, and you will never change. Let us know that God, you are an Almighty God. And let us know that God, you are going to forgive us. Let us know that God, you have already provided salvation to all of us. And you provide power, love, joy and peace to all of us. God we want to lift up the rest of the time into your hands; please be with us. And we want to lift up into your hands the brothers and sisters who lead us to sing our praise to you. God, please be with them. And let all of us sing praise to our Lord from the bottom of our hearts. Let all of us feel your presence. Lord I want to lift up Gloria into your hands, and please be with her, and speak to her and strengthen her. Let all of us feel your presence through her preaching. Lord, we want to lift up the worship and the service into your hands. Be with us. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. 
 

Worship Leader:
    Good morning everyone, my name is pastor Brandmills. This is the worship team from Beaverton Foursquare Church, in Oregon, US. We have been here in China all week and we’ve have a wonderful time getting to know many of you, and worshiping God together, we are going to lead worship this morning.
    Let me introduce to you our team, and so you know their names and you can worship with us. This is Brian, one of our singers. This is Tiffany and Kendra, they also sing. On the drum set is Jim. Playing the base guitar is Tim. This is Matt, playing the guitar. And this is my daughter Ally, playing the violin.
    In our church in Oregon, we love to worship God with all of our hearts. Most of the people of our church stand and raise their hands. Sometimes we kneel down; sometimes we sit; sometimes we sing loud sometimes we sing soft. But I encourage you this morning to use whatever expression of worship that comes from your heart to God. If you want to stand and clap and sing loud with us, please do. We are going to be doing that. If you want to sing quietly and sit, feel free to spend time with God that way. We want you to experience the presence of God with us. We are so thankful that the Holy Spirit speaks to us on the other side of the ocean just the same way He does to you here in China. God is faithful and He is worthy of our praise. Why don’t we stand and we are going to worship together. Let us stand. 

Worship song: You Are Good mp3 lyric
Worship song: God Of This City mp3 lyric
Worship song: Amazing Grace - My Chains Are Gone mp3 lyric

 

 
 

    We want to teach you a new song: Revelation Song

  

Verse 1:
 

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
Holy, holy is He,
Sing a new song to Him,
Who sits on Heaven's Mercy Seat.

 Chorus:  Holy, Holy, Holy is
The Lord, God Almighty.
Who was, and is, and is to come.
With all creation I sing,
"Praise to The King of Kings,
You are my everything,
And I will adore You."
 Verse 2:  Clothed in rainbows, of living color,
Flashes of lightning, rolls of thunder,
Blessing and honor,
Strength and glory and power be,
To You, the only wise King.
 Chorus:  (Repeat)
 Verse 3:  Filled with wonder, awestruck wonder,
At the mention of Your Name,
Jesus, Your Name is power,
Breath and living water,
Such a marvelous mystery.
 Chorus: (Repeat at a cappella)

 
 

Presider (Pastor Jassica Wang):
    Thanks to our Lord, for we can feel His presence, through our worship, with all our hearts, all our minds, all our strength. Today we are going to continue studying the Gospel of John, Chapter 8: 1-11.

Scripture Reading: John 8:1-11

1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.
3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group.
4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.
5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”
6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the round with his finger.
7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.
10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
11“No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” 

    Today’s sermon will be given by Gloria. The topic is: Be as a Forgiving Person. Welcome Gloria.

 

Sermon by Gloria Li:

Good morning! First let us pray together to our Lord:

Dear Almighty God, we thank you for giving your precious Son to us. And we thank you for gathering us in Your Temple here, Lord. We hope that you can help us. I want to lift myself up into your hands. You know I am weak in my heart. Lord, but I know you have power. And I know you are our Lord. And you know each of our needs. You can use your words to encourage us and to change our lives. Lord, please use this message today and we hope that the Holy Spirit comes upon us and leads us today. Lord, we hope your words can be our light and our road when we apply them in our daily life. Lord, we hope you will be with us and all of us can glorify your Holy Name. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

First I want to share a story. Once I went to a friend at her friend’s apartment. My friend was writing a paper on the computer in one room there. Her friend went into the room where my friend was writing the paper, and accidentally presses the power button. Suddenly the computer’s power was off. My friend didn’t have time to save her document; so all she had written were gone. But to my surprise my friend wasn’t angry. I thought she would angry with her friend’s mistake. I thought she could have reacted otherwise. When her friend said: ”I am so sorry for that”, my friend simply said:”It is okay. ” Then she turned on the computer again and went on rewriting her paper. Her reaction was a very big surprise to me. I thought if it had been me, I would have been very angry with her friend’s mistake. I would have reacted badly with angry words. I would not have wanted to write the paper again. Perhaps I would have asked: ”Why are you so careless?” I would have been full of complaint in my heart. But my friend forgave her friend for the mistake. I admired her attitude and behavior. Dear brothers and sisters, have you ever been in such a situation? How would you have reacted? Sometimes, I think, most of us would have reacted like me and would have been very angry. Because all I have written were gone. I think very few people would have reacted the way my friend did: just say “it is okay” and then turn on the computer again, rewriting her paper. So sometimes we choose to complain instead of staying calm. We choose to blame instead of forgiving others. We should be a forgiving person to others, which is what, in my opinion, Jesus is teaching us in Gospel John Chapter 8:1-11.

So my topic is: “Be a Forgiving Person”.


 

1.        the teachers of the law and the Pharisees test Jesus

This story is about a woman getting caught in adultery by the teachers of the law and the Pharisees who were the religious authorities at that time. They brought the sinful woman, the woman who committed adultery into the temple court, into the presence of Jesus Christ. They brought this woman not because they cared about the woman. They didn’t care about this woman. They didn’t even bring this woman to condemn her, because if it had been the case, according to the Law of Moses, they should have also brought the man. A woman alone cannot commit adultery. It is committed by a man and a woman. But they didn’t bring the man to the temple court. We can see these people’s motivation: they didn’t care about the woman; they brought her in order to test Jesus Christ, and to find reasons to accuse him. The Scriptures said from verses 3-6:

John 8:3-6 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery. They forced her to stand before the people. They said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught having sexual relations with a man who is not her husband. The law of Moses commands that we stone to death every woman who does this. What do you say we should do?" They were asking this to trick Jesus so that they could have some charge against him.

So we know this is the behavior of the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees. Brothers and sisters, we are not so different from those religious authorities. Sometimes we pray to God for something, but we don’t really want to depend on God. Maybe we pray to test if God is faithful and if God really loves us. Obviously we will not find any reasons to accuse Jesus, as those religious authorities tried to. But we will still test God because we don’t really believe in Him deeper in our hearts. In many occasions, we had doubts in God and we test God.

 

2.        how Jesus responded

Now let us see how Jesus responded them. First to the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees, Jesus said:

John 8:7 Anyone here who has never sinned can throw the first stone at her.

if you are righteous, you can condemn her. You can judge her. You can let her be stoned to death. But we know how the religious authorities reacted: all of them were gone, because no one is without sin in this world.

Secondly, let us see how Jesus responded to the sinful woman. What did he say? Did He say “You are a sinner having committed a grave sin; I don’t want to save you and you will go to hell”? No. what did He say? He said:

John 8:11 Then neither do I condemn you, Go now and leave your life of sin.

 

3.        God hates the sin of adultery

Dear brothers and sisters, a Good News comes from heaven, come from our Savior, our Almighty God: He didn’t condemn this woman, this sinful woman. This is a woman who committed adultery. As I have mentioned, according to the Law of Moses, the woman should be stoned to death. And you know how the Bible says that our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit. Pay attention: Holy. Holy. Holy Spirit. Our God is a Holy God. He doesn’t like any sin. He hates sins. But only the sin of adultery offends our body. So in God’s eyes, it is a grave sin.

I remember when I was very young in my hometown church, how our pastor told us in a speech that as pastors in the church, you are still sinners. You will still offend God. You will still commit sins, because you are not perfect. But if we would like to keep the holiness and the unity of the whole church, we should keep away from two sins: greed and adultery. It is true. God hates the sin of adultery. But what does Jesus say despite of His hatred of adultery? In Matthew 5:27-28, He says:

Matthew 5:27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’

Matthew 5:28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

 

4.        Jesus choose us, save us, forgive us

So here Jesus doesn’t regard adultery as merely a sinful act that we carry out, but also as a lustful thought that lives in our heart. When you look at a woman and want to sin sexually with her, in your mind you have already done that sin with the woman. So what He said to us is that we are all guilty of adultery, not because of what we have done, but because of what lives inside us. Sin is not something we do; it is part of our nature that we cannot overcome by simple disciplines and by being good. We can control our actions to some extent; we can keep from physical adultery. But who can control our thoughts?

So when we read the story, do not see a sinful woman there, but see ourselves. As far as God is concerns, it might as well be us in the woman’s shoes. It is right if we see the woman as a sinner; but remember, if we do that, we must also see ourselves as sinners. We are sinners. We are full of sins in our bodies, in our minds, in our hearts, in our hands. We are full of sins.

But it is not hopeless for us. Why? Because Jesus didn’t condemn the sinful woman; instead he chose to forgive her. Isn’t it amazing? Dear brothers and sisters, it is amazing! What did Jesus say? Jesus didn’t say: ”You are a sinner. I don’t want to save you. ” Jesus said:

John 8:11 Then neither do I condemn you, Go now and leave your life of sin.

It is amazing. I just want to say, that there is no one like our God. As we just sang together: there is no one like our God, who had the right to condemn this woman, BUT DIDN’T. Would the Law of Moses forgive us? No. Would the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees forgive us? No. It is our Savior: Jesus Christ, who has no sins but died for our sins on the cross, and then rose up again within three days. Our Lord is the Almighty God. His name has power. Dear brothers and sisters, do your names have power? No. My name is just Gloria. It has no power. But Jesus’ name has power! What is the power of His name? The power to condemn. The power to judge people. But at the mean time, His name also has the power to save us! The power to forgive us! And what did He do? How does he use his power? He used His power to choose us, to save us, to forgive us.

 

5.        Jesus paid if all and we are free

I heard a song this morning. It is called Jesus paid it for us. I don’t know if you know this song. It is very good. Jesus has power. Jesus paid it off. The song goes like this:

Jesus paid it all

All to Him I owe

Sin hath left a crimson stain

He washed it white as snow

 

Lord, now indeed I find

Your power and you alone

Can change the leper's spots

And melt the heart of stone

 

Jesus paid it all

All to Him I owe

Sin hath left a crimson stain

He washed it white as snow

 

It is washed away.

All my sins, all my shame,

Jesus died, my soul to save,

My lips shall still repeat

 

Praise the One who paid my debt,

And raised this life from up the den,

Jesus, you are the One,

The Son of God, the Conqueror of Death,

The King of kings.

Till death I’ll say so.

      Dear brothers and sisters, Jesus, our Lord, our Savior, paid it all! He paid all of our sins! All our sins! All! He has paid it all on the cross, by His body, by His blood, for us. And we are free! It is our hope. So what do you say that our Lord has done for us? Is it amazing? Is it our Hope? I would say it is the amazing grace for each of us here. It is the AMAZING GRACE for each of us here. So brothers and sisters, how do we react to the amazing grace? Remember, we should follow Jesus. We should we follow our Lord, because we are His students, we are His disciples.

 

6.        Jesus forgave the sinful woman

He had chosen to forgive and save us. What should we do? We should also be a forgiving person to others. I should be a forgiving person to others. Even though it is not said in the Scriptures here how the woman responded to the wonderful forgiveness, we could imagine that.

When the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees brought the woman to the temple court, I think she must have been very nervous and afraid: ”I will die! I will be dead! I will be condemned, because I am a sinner. I will be despised by the world, despised by the society. I will die! What should I do? Who can save me? ” I think she knew the Law. I think she knew she would be stoned to death for committing adultery. But when Jesus challenged everyone present at the time: 

John 8:7 Anyone here who has never sinned can throw the first stone at her.

The Bible said at last Jesus asked her:

John 8:10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 

“Where are they?” When Jesus said: ”Anyone here who has never sinned can throw the first stone at her”, those who heard began to go away, one by one, the elder ones first. All were gone. Only Jesus and the woman remained. "Where are they? Has no one condemned you?"

"No one, sir." The woman said. Then Jesus said, "John 8:11 Then neither do I condemn you, Go now and leave your life of sin.” Jesus forgave her. That was beyond her imagination. “You forgave me and let me go? Go now and leave my life of sin from now on? You don’t condemn me? You don’t stone me? But you save me!” The result was amazing to her. It was amazing. I think at last this woman would become a believer. What do you think? It’s an open question to each of us. Dear brothers and sisters, in this morning, we have seen the forgiveness that Jesus gave the woman on that day.

 

7.        we should also be a forgiving person to others

I want each of us to examine ourselves. Because I believe each one of us here is present somewhere in this story today. We may be like this woman, this sinful woman, we are condemned by everyone, and we need forgiveness. Maybe someone said that you are a sinner and that you still commit sins from time to time, that you cannot be saved by Lord, that you will go to hell, that your heart will be full of guilty in your heart, that you will live in bondage, that you will have no free. We maybe like the Pharisees and the teachers of Law, self-righteous, judges of others, but unable to see our own faults and our own needs. We will say “you are wrong doing this or you are wrong doing that; you are a sinner and you offend God; you are not good.” We will condemn others. But hopefully, by the time we leave the church today, we will recognize our needs to be like Jesus Christ, the one who provides forgiveness when punishment is justified.

I was lost before, but now I have been found by our Savior, by Jesus Christ.

I was in bondage before, but today I am free.

I am free because Jesus died on the cross, and because not only he died on the cross but also after three days He rose up again and gives us eternal life.

Not only does he give us eternal life, but he also forgives every single sin of ours, whether grave or seemingly not so.

Totally Jesus has already washed our sins away, washed them away and we are white as snow.

Brothers and sisters, when looking at how Jesus forgives our sins, we should also be a forgiving person to others.

This story also reminds me of Apostle Peter, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus. Jesus lived in this world for thirty three years and He preached for three and a half years. When Jesus was brought into the temple court and was going to die on the cross, some people there asked Peter: ”Are you with Him?” Did Peter say yes? No. Peter said: ”No, I don’t know him.” And he said it three times. But when Jesus rose up from the dead, He didn’t come to Peter and asked:” Why? Why did you deny me three times? Before I was arrested you said you was going to follow me Forever.” It’s almost the same with us. Sometimes we pray to God that we will follow Him forever, but after the prayer, when we go back into the world, we may deny God’s name. It’s almost the same with us, brothers and sisters. But what did Jesus say to Peter? Instead of condemning him, Jesus said: ”Do you truly love me more than this? Do you truly love me? Do you love me?”

Brothers and sisters, some friends, some brothers and sisters, some fellow believers, some family members, they will offend us. And how should we treat them back? Most of the time we will say: ”Why? Why do you do this? I treated you so well. I love you so much. I gave the best for you. Why do you treat me like this? You are a Christian! And Jesus said you should treat your friends well. Why do you do this to me? Are you still a Christian?” But Jesus didn’t condemn. For how many times we offend God? For how many times we commit sins? But Jesus comes to us:

John 8:11 Then neither do I condemn you, Go now and leave your life of sin.

“Do you truly love me more than this? Do you truly love me? Do you love me?”

How do we treat others? When we want to treat other with utter angry and bad words, let us use this story to remind ourselves and to change our minds. Let us follow our Lord’s behavior when reacting to someone who has offended us. We should be a forgiving person to others, because Jesus Christ has already forgiven us first. We were full of sins before we were saved by our Lord. If anyone says that he has no sins in his heart, that he doesn’t commit sins, raise your hands. If anyone says that he never commits sins, that he is a good person, that he is righteous, raise your hands. No? No one raised his hand. So all of us wore sins before we are saved, but Jesus our God chose to forgive and save us. So all of us can stand here today, listen to His message and worship Him together. Because God gave us His mercy, His amazing grace, His unconditional love, so we can stand here.
    Dear brothers and sisters, before we were saved we were full of sins, but after we were saved, even though we became Christians, we are not perfect. I for one don’t do good things all the time. I sometimes commit sins. I sometimes offend God. But after we were saved by Him, he has also forgiven us instead of punishing us. What do you say? Right? Yes! So no matter before or after we became a Christian, Our Lord chose to forgive us before our salvation; He still does the same after we are saved.

Our God is asking us now how we treat our fellow believers, our family members at home, and your friend around you. How do you treat them? How do we treat our lovely brothers and sisters in the church? Do we choose to forgive them or to condemn and judge them? Do we choose to love them or to hate them? What’s our choice? Sometimes we think people who are different from us, who have different habits, different manners of speaking, different ways of talking or working are not worthy of our love. Because you are different, you are disliked. But Jesus challenges us, encouraging us to be a forgiving person to others. Because Jesus has chosen to forgive me, I should forgive others in the same way he does. Everything that happened in my life should be totally forgiven because one reason: Jesus has chosen to forgive us and save us. No matter what and who, the sin should be forgiven. We forgive because of our Jesus Christ, because of His love, because of His forgiveness, because of His mercy, because of His amazing grace.

Dear brothers and sisters, every time we come to church to participate in the English service, we will pray in the end as the Lord taught us. One of the sentences He taught is

“Forgive our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

There is another word for debt, transgression.

Forgive our transgressions, as we also have forgiven those who transgressed us.”

Brothers and sisters, I encourage you to remember these words from the Bible, to be a forgiving person.

I don’t ask you to remember all the words I have said today; I ask only that you remember this: ”You should be a forgiving person to others.” But don’t use this message to judge others. Just teach yourself. Just encourage yourself. Remember: I should be a forgiving person to others. It’s easier to be angry and judging, but it’s harder to be forgiving. Jesus has already set a good example for us; we should follow Him because we are His disciples. We also should be a forgiving person to others. Would you repeat it with me?

I should be a forgiving person to others!

I hope you repeat loudly with me:

I should be a forgiving person to others!

I should forgive my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ! I should forgive my family members, my mum, my dad, my brother, my sister! I should forgive my friends!             So brothers and sisters, it’s hard to forgive our enemies, and I do not challenge you that today. Just start with forgiving your brothers and sisters in Christ, with your family members, with your best friend, because they are the persons that we want to love. We want to treat them very well and friendly.

We should be a forgiving person to others!

May God give us the wisdom and courage to follow His words. Amen.

 

 

Worship Leader:

We would like to sing to you one more song this morning and it goes perfectly with Gloria’s message. This song is all about the power of the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. You are going to see something on the screen. That’s a video that goes along with this song. We invite you to just sit back, look at the pictures in the video, listen to the words of the song, and let God speak to your heart.

 

Presider (Pastor Jassica Wang):

May God bless us. Please be seated. Thanks to our God that He gave us time to practice to be a forgiving person. At the beginning of this service I asked you to forgive me. Now I want to ask you to forgive me again. Because of the time limitation, we will not pray the prayers of the Lord as usual. Also, we will cancel all the classes for today. And this is a practice time for being a forgiving person.

 

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