Forgiveness: Clarifying Concepts from Michael Boys

Chris —  July 28, 2015

Screenshot 2015-07-28 18.58.13Pastor Michael Boys of Christ Community Church in Houston recently preached one of the best sermons I have heard on forgiveness. You can listen here.

I would encourage you to listen for yourself. Be prepared to notice several points:

  • Notice how Michael consistently reminds us that the gospel is basic for our understanding of forgiveness.
  • Michael introduces the term “layers of forgiveness.” This is a very helpful way of saying things and clarifies some points I have made in the past. If I revised Unpacking Forgiveness right now I would use that language – – and ideally give Michael credit.
  • Michael makes the important point that passages that are detailed and specific (such as Luke 17:3-4) help clarify more general passages like Mark 11:25.

There were other profound thoughts. But I forget what they were. I listened while I was walking and it was very hot, though not Houston hot!

On forgiveness, see also:

The Forgiveness Quiz

Others on Unconditional Forgiveness

A One Page Overview of Forgiveness

Is Forgiveness Always Right and Required? by Justin Taylor

Slowing Down the Runaway Forgiveness Train: Is there such a thing as too much mercy? by Scot McKnight

As We Forgive Our Debtors a sermon by John Piper

I Faced My Killer Again by Chris Carrier: A Christian shares the Gospel with a man who stabbed him, shot him in the head, and left him for dead. In connection with Chris Carrier’s amazing story, see Leonard Pitt’s column, God is in the Rain, Not the Thunder

Amish Extend Hand to Family of Schoolhouse Killer

Scott and Janet Willis willing to meet with imprisoned Governor Ryan – Story on my blog of Scott and Janet Willis who lost six children in a fiery mini-van accident due, in part, to corruption in government.

5 Problems With Unconditional Forgiveness

Another point of encouragement for Christians who cannot agree

Unpacking the Casey Anthony Case

Should I confront an offender or just get over it

How can I stop thinking about it?

Didn’t Jesus Forgive Unconditionally on the Cross

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One response to Forgiveness: Clarifying Concepts from Michael Boys

  1. This was immensely helpful. Thank you!