“Do We Need to Forgive God?”

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Sermon Notes

   Overall, the book Total Forgiveness by R.T. Kendall our small groups have been studying is excellent. There is a lot of great teaching about what forgiveness is, what it isn’t, and how we can follow God’s command and forgive others the same way that God forgives us.

   But there are a few statements the author makes that should be challenged. They have to do with his view of God’s sovereignty, or God being in control, and the problem of evil and suffering in the world and in our personal lives.

   He then talks about our need to “forgive God”. But what we believe about our need to forgive God or not will be based on how we define forgiveness.

   This morning we will look at both the biblical and pop psychology view of what forgiveness is, is it possible for God to do wrong, and why bad things happen to even God’s people.