A Note From Pastor Bryan
August 24, 2020
Wow! What a powerful service we had at Rock AG Church yesterday. We as the body of Christ came expecting and He as our faithful God delivered. If my delivery during yesterday’s service caused any confusion, I want to clarify the intention of my sermon. God is the only one who has the authority to save a person’s soul according to their repentance of sin, belief that Jesus died for their sin, and confession that He Is The Lord. No person has the authority to keep someone else out of Heaven or to remove and/or grant another person’s salvation. However, when we choose to not forgive the people in our lives that have hurt us, we bind up the work of the Holy Spirit within that relationship and hurt our own relationship with God.
God’s word clearly states in Matthew 6:14-15
“14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.”
Your ability to forgive does not grant that person access to Heaven and neither does your unforgiveness keep them out of Heaven. Rather when we forgive someone who has wronged us, we loosen the relational captivity that our unforgiveness had put them in. This allows for God’s power to flow now through that relationship.
It was so powerful to hear and see of so many people who took the bold step to forgive those that they had previously been bound up by their unforgiveness during yesterday‘s service. This is the work of the Holy Spirit when his people come expecting him to move in their lives. As a church body, let us be people who break the chains of unforgiveness so that God may be glorified in our relationships.
Please email me directly if you’d like more clarification around yesterday’s service, or if you would like to share your testimony of how God used yesterday’s service in your life.
Pastor Bryan Thompson