by Stan Coffey

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Restoration through Forgiveness (9 of 9)
Series: The Ministry of Restoration
Stan Coffey

I want to preach today on the joy of forgiveness. I call it ''Restoration Through Forgiveness.'' The text is in Ephesians, chapter one as we continue the thought of restoration. God's in the restoration business.

Jesus was born two thousand years ago because man needed to be restored to God. The most joyous message the world ever heard was on that Christmas.

Ephesians 1:7- ''In whom we had redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.''

I read, not long ago, about a church that had a marquee sign out front. The preacher put on the marquee sign the words, ''If you're tired of sin, then come on in.'' Well, some wag came by and wrote underneath the words, ''But if not, call

I don't know if you're tired of sin this morning, but there's going to come a time in your life when you get tired of the effects of sin and you need to turn for an answer. The answer can only be found in Jesus Christ.

The word ''gospel'' means ''good news.'' The angel, on that Christmas morn announced the news, ''Unto you is born this day a Saviour. Behold I bring you good tidings of great joy that shall be to all people.''

The good tidings are that a bad man can be made good, that a good man can be made better, that a sick man can be made well, that a broken man can be made whole through the power that's in Jesus Christ.

Friend, that's good news. The gospel that Jesus came to bring is good news for every person.

I'm grateful today for this great doctrine that we can be restored through forgiveness. All through the Bible you read of the forgiveness of God. Jeremiah preached to the people of Israel and said, ''For I will forgive their iniquity and I will remember their sin no more.''

The Psalmist declared, in Psalm 103, ''Bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me. Bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul ...

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