Radical Forgiveness

July 24, 2017

One of the most radical teachings that Jesus taught and exemplified in his life was the teaching of forgiveness. His teachings on letting go of judgments and releasing forgiveness to others challenge our social norms and tendencies in every way. Our hearts seek revenge naturally. We seek to bring justice and make wrong things right. Jesus teaches us to be radical in our following his example by giving forgiveness and grace freely to others who do not deserve it. What did Jesus teach about forgiveness? Matthew 18:15-35 Jesus teaches us not to harbor anger and bitterness but to confront people about the ways they have hurt us. Jesus teaches us not to gossip and slander people but rather to go directly to them about the offense. Jesus teaches us that when we learn to let go of our offenses and come together in agreement that He will be in our midst. Jesus teaches us that when we walk in this radical forgiveness that anything is possible. Jesus teaches us to forgive others even when they hurt us over and over and over again. Jesus teaches us to see that the debt we may be owed by others pale in comparison to the debt we owe due to our sins before God. Jesus teaches us that if we don’t forgive others that we actually forfeit the incredible blessings that come from enjoying the forgiveness and grace of God.   How did Jesus model forgiveness? Luke 23:26-43 Jesus modeled forgiveness for us by going to the cross for the sins of humanity. Jesus modeled forgiveness by making a declaration of forgiveness...
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“God changed my life and I’m different now”

May 18, 2016

Once per year Take the City hosts a community event called “Revival on the River.” With the overall focus of celebrating unity within the local churches and sharing the love of Jesus with the surrounding communities, Take the City has partnered with Chick-fil-a and many other organizations to make this event possible. Below is a testimony from Sydney Brasseaux of what God did in her life at Revival on the River. “Hey Andrew, my name is Sydney Brasseaux and I’m from Rivertown Church. Prior to me coming to Unity Night, I didn’t really believe in God or live my life like a Christian. I’ve been baptized twice before. The first time I felt pressured to do it. And the second time I did it just because I wanted to make sure I would go to heaven. I thought I was doing it for the right reason, but even afterwards nothing changed.     That night at Revival on the River, something was different. I can’t fully describe what happened to me, but I know I felt something different. When you gave the invitation to come up to the front for prayer, I met a lady at the front of the stage. I started sharing with her about how I’ve been dealing with a lot of depression.  As If she knew exactly what I was going through, she started asking me if I dealt with suicidal thoughts, self harm or drug abuse. Immediately, I felt the Holy Spirit move on me.   As we prayed, God began to heal my past hurts and memories. I saw a light and I...
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Donna

My first encounter with Take the City was going to Wilson Apartments in Columbus GA. We were met by a man from that neighborhood who prayed with us before we began the outreach. We set up an area for the kids to play and others went door to door witnessing and praying for people. It truly was a humbling experience. Another time I got to pray at an abortion clinic which was another humbling experience. The worship services the night before are always dynamic and spirit led. However I will conclude with the best part for me was being an eight week participant of Take the City boot camp. All of the leaders were simply AWESOME and I learned so much during those eight weeks. I thank God for all these wonderful opportunities!