eNote Highlights 6/20/2019by Erin Stringer
There’s a Spanish story of a father and son who had become estranged. The son ran away and the father set off to find him. He searched for months but to no avail.
Finally, in a last desperate effort to find him, the father put an ad in a Madrid newspaper. The ad read: “Dear Paco, meet me in front of this newspaper office at noon on Saturday. All is forgiven. I love you. Your Father.”
On Saturday, 800 Pacos showed up, looking for forgiveness and love from their fathers. — (Bits & Pieces, October 15, 1992, p. 13).
Since we all fail at times, we are all seeking forgiveness! One of the simplest, yet most profound lines of the Apostles’ Creed is, “the forgiveness of sins,” and we will study it together this weekend.
We are in the 8th of a 9-part series on the APOSTLES’ CREED. This weekend we look at a line that gives us all hope, “the forgiveness of sins.” We will search the Scriptures together to understand this profound statement and, of course, we will find hope!
Jer. 31:34 . . . because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD. “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.”
1Tim. 1:15 Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
1Pet. 2:24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”
Mic. 7:18 Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.
Eph. 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
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