Emmanuel Baptist Church
February 6, 2024
It was so good to sing of God’s goodness on Sunday and then be reminded from His Word that just as His goodness pursues us with forgiveness and restoration, we are to pursue others with the same message. One thing I didn’t address is the difference between forgiveness and a restored relationship.
Jesus calls us to forgive other Christians for personal offenses, regardless of whether they repent to us or not (Matthew 18:21-22). But generally a relationship cannot be restored unless the offending party repents of the offense (Matthew 18:15).
There will be times when people hurt us and don’t ask for forgiveness. When that happens, what are we to do?
We certainly must forgive and guard our hearts from letting bitterness take root in us, but the relationship probably won’t be mended until there is repentance.
I don’t share that to excuse us from the work of restoration, but as an observation. I have seen God call the offended party to extend an offer of reconciliation in spite of a lack of forgiveness, but I also realize that in some instances it might not be physically or emotionally safe to do that.
These type of situations can be difficult to discern on your own. I would highly recommend seeking counsel from a trusted fellow believer who will pray along with you to discern the Holy Spirit’s will for you.
May God transform us into a people of forgiveness and restoration,
Please help us keep our Worship Center looking its best and only bring water inside. No other food or beverages. Thank you for understanding!
February 11th Sunday Night
Women of The Word Bible Study
Youth Super Bowl Party
Annual EBC Chili Cook Off
Tech Team Training -10:00am
Daycare Committee - 4:30pm
Bless Committee - 5:00pm
Finance Committee - 5:15pm
Pinewood Derby Race
Last Week at a Glance
Sunday, February 4, 2023
Last Sunday .................................... $ 13,365.00
YTD Budget ......................................$ 46,240.20
YTD Budget Received ......................$ 52,335.36
This Month New Building
Receipts This Week ....................$ 350.00
Received This Month ..................$ 350.00
Grow Groups: 86
Family Worship: 134
Sunday Servants This Week
Deacon of the Week