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The Power of Forgiveness
10/05/2014

Track 3 of in the series
We human beings are side-takers. We all tend to divide the humanrace into us versus them. This happens for religious reasons but canalso happen because of ethnicity, culture, and language. Two of themost powerful words in the human race are us and them.



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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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The Power of Forgiveness

I want to start out with a hard concept, US. It is a word we often use but do you know what it really means? Someone describe for me what the meaning is. What does the word “Us” usually mean when you use it?Who is usually included when you use that word? Who are the “Us” in your vocabulary? Who are the “Us” in your world?

I want to follow up with an even harder concept, “THEM”. It is a word we often use but do you know what it really means? Someone describe for me what the meaning is. What does the word “Them” usually mean when you use it? Who is usually included when you use that word? Who are the “Them” in your vocabulary? Who are the “Them” in your world?

What is it about the other side in our life? Most people when they think about taking sides, they claim that their side is the good side and the other side is bad, or at least not as good as their side. Them or us. You versus me. Our side, their side. This is something that is built in our human nature. But when Jesus came onto the scene, He took the whole notion of us versus them and turned it totally upside down. The real fact was and still is, all of us are on one side and God is on the other. Our side is not a good side to be on. It is God’s side that really counts. What is tragic, the church too often forgets which side we are really on.

What about MPCC, do we take sides. Do we play this game of us versus them? Or do we see people in Quincy as those who are on our side?

At the heart of all this is the concept of forgiveness. One might not think of divisions as a forgiveness issue. It is simply us, and then there are those other people, churches, etc. Nothing meant to be harmful, just a reality. But when we refuse or don’t try to bring others together, is the root an issue of forgiveness or judgment on some level?

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True or False: Forgiveness is not a natural act. Why or why not?

What from the video this morning stood out to you? Was there something that surprised you or something you didn’t know?

There are an endless number of things over which we take sides — we are conservative, they are liberal; we are Jews, they are Arabs; we are black, they are white; we are educated, they are not; we are the 99 percent, they are the 1 percent; we are Protestants, they are Catholics; we are progressives, they are traditionalists. And the list goes on and on.

When you think of the people in your life through the lens of us and them, who comes to mind on the us side, and who comes to mind on the them side? Define for me the act or concept of forgiveness. What is reconciliation and is it different than forgiveness?

Forgiveness is letting go of my right to hurt you back.
Reconciliation requires the sincere intentions of both parties.

Do you have a personal enemy? How about someone that just bugs you and you have a hard time being with them or getting along with them? Without naming the person, briefly describe what you think they might say about how you treat them.

Could you do what Mary Oshea did? Explain your answer.