Listen to our weekly teachings as an opportunity to get in on the conversations that we are having as a community. We desire our teachings to encourage, provoke and also challenge the way we live our everyday life, and to ultimately find our center in the person of Jesus. What is the meta-narrative of the Bible? How did Jesus live? Who did he do life with? How can we embody his ways? May these teachings meet you where you are in life, and I hope they play a part in moving you to God’s next step for you!
The Business of Announcing Forgiveness (John 20:17-23)Wally Harrison, April 29, 2017
Part of the Now What? series, preached at a Saturday Evening service
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17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.
19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.” (ESV)