Preaching Outline on the Power of Forgiveness – Matthew 18:21-22

Published On: 11 de July de 2023Categories: preaching model

Bible Text: Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV)

“Then Peter approached Jesus and asked: ‘Lord, how many times must I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus replied, ‘I tell you, not up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven’”.

Purpose of the Outline:

The purpose of this sermon outline is to explore the transformative power of forgiveness based on Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 18:21-22. The importance of forgiving and being forgiven will be emphasized, revealing how forgiveness brings healing, restoration and freedom.


Forgiveness is one of the fundamental truths of the Gospel. Jesus taught us the importance of forgiving one another, just as God forgives us through Christ. In this outline, we will explore the power of forgiveness, both in terms of receiving and giving forgiveness.

Central Theme: The Power of Forgiveness to Transform Lives.

I. The necessity of forgiveness (verse 21)

  • Acknowledging offenses and hurts.
  • Understanding human nature and the tendency to sin.
  • The urgency to deal with the weight of resentment.

II. God’s example of forgiveness (verse 22)

  • God’s unlimited forgiveness.
  • The love and mercy of God reaching out to us.
  • The call to reflect God’s character by forgiving.

III. The benefits of forgiveness (verses 23-25)

  • Release from the weight of resentment.
  • Emotional healing and restoration of relationships.
  • The opportunity to experience the peace and joy of Christ.

IV. The challenges in the process of forgiving (verses 26-30)

  • Dealing with the pain and emotions involved.
  • Overcoming resistance and reluctance to forgive.
  • The importance of persistence and grace in the forgiveness process.

V. Expanding knowledge about forgiveness

  • Ephesians 4:32 – Following God’s example of forgiving.
  • Colossians 3:13 – Forgiving as the Lord forgave us.
  • Matthew 6:14-15 – The relationship between forgiving and being forgiven by God.
  • Luke 23:34 – Jesus’ example of forgiveness on the cross.


The power of forgiveness can transform lives and restore relationships. Just as God has abundantly forgiven us, we are called to forgive one another. By breaking the chains of resentment and embracing the grace of forgiveness, we can experience the healing and freedom that come through the power of forgiveness.

Cult Type to use this Outline:

This outline is appropriate for use in worship services, Bible teaching services, spiritual retreats, or forgiveness-themed conferences. It can be especially relevant at times when there are conflicts and tensions in personal relationships or in the church community. The outline can be adapted for different contexts and durations, allowing for an in-depth or more concise approach to the topic of forgiveness.

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Written by : Ministério Veredas Do IDE

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