10/11/20 “The Gospel Grace of Forgiveness” Don White


Sermon Outline for Mark 2:1-12. Theme: Jesus Christ has authority to forgive your sins.

1. The Greater _____________.

A. Vv. 4-5

B. In the paralytic’s case, his greatest need was sin forgiveness.


2. The Glorious ______________.

A. He asks them a hard question, v. 9.

B. Beyond saving my soul that I may go to Heaven when I die, why is forgiveness so important—more than healing a man’s paralysis?

3. The Generous _____________.

A. He came to do for us what we could never do for ourselves.

B. The operative word here is FRIENDSHIP, which is a two-way street.

Questions for Study: what is forgiveness? A feeling? Some kind of promise, pledge or commitment? I John 1:9 may help guide in answering.

Why aren’t people today very concerned about having God’s forgiveness?

What aren’t they no longer exposed to that would sharpen their concern? See Romans 3:19-20; 7:7. If their wrongdoings didn’t bother their conscience, would they be concerned at all?

Biblically, is sin forgiveness more about getting guilt relief or restoring a relationship?

Jesus warns us, those who seek His forgiveness but fail to forgive others who seek forgiveness for their offenses against them, will not be forgiven. Why? Matthew 6:12, 14-15; 18:21-35.