I had never been to megachurch before so I was really excited to see what the difference was. We arrived in the middle of worship and the first thing I thought was “I am at a rock concert!” The church was in a theater type building and there were three large screens in the front so you would be able to see everything that was going on on stage regardless of where you were sitting. The worship team was pretty much a full fledged band complete with back-up singers and all. I loved it!
After worship they kicked off that day’s message with the first minute and a half of this hilarious video:
The video was supposed to showcase someone with serious anger issues because the message was about having unforgiveness in your heart.
Here are the main points I jotted down:
- The result of unforgivness is the same regardless of the story.
- Ephesians 4:31-32 says: Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Chris has forgiven you.
- Why should I forgive? Because unforgiveness hurts ME.
- If we don’t transform our hurt, we transfer it.
- Hebrews 12:15 says: Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grow sup to trouble you, corrupting many.
- Those who hurt you in the your past cannot hurt you in the present or future unless you hold on to bitterness and resentfulness.
- Matthew 6:14 says: If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.
- Matthew 18 talks about the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant.
- You know what hurt people do? They hurt people.
- How do I forgive someone who has hurt me? Pray for those who hurt you.
- Matthew 5:43-44 says: You have heart the law that says ‘love your neighbor and hate our enemy’. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you.
- Your prayers may or may not change the person or situation but it will always change you.
- Not all relationships can or should be restored but ALL people can be forgiven.
- Colossians 3:13 says: Make allowance for each others faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
A powerful display of forgiveness:
You can watch/listen to the entire service on EastLake’s website. Just scroll down to May 27, 2012. The speaker’s name is James Grogan.