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Jesus: Story Teller

Jun 12, 2016 | Rev. Steve Cottrell

In Debt or Paid in Full? Lessons from a loan shark

Luke 7:36-50

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What do you owe God?

Religion tells us how to pay our debt to God

But there’s a true debt cancellation plan!

Characters in Contrast

Respected Leader


devout, "holy", pious



Notorious Sinner

passionate, attentice




1. Jesus is the source of salvation

he's the only own who forgives sin

the means by which our debts are paid.

Grace Alone

(Ephesians 2:8 – By grace you have been saved)

2. Faith is the currency exchange for salvation

required for our sin-debt cancellation

provides the only access to salvation


(Ephesians 2:8 – By grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.)

Romans 5:1 - Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 11:6 – Without Faith it is Impossible to Please God!

2 Cor 5:7 – We walk by Faith not by sight!

Self Effort

Try to please God through good deeds

Discipline and following rules

Self-determination (I’m in charge)

Self-motivation (I can do it alone)



Trust in Christ

Confess, submit and surrender to Christ's Control

Holy Spirit power (Christ is Lord)

Christ in us, we are in Christ (strength in Christ)

Joy, love, gratitude

3. Extra-ordinary love is the outcome of forgiveness

Our love/gratitude for Christ demonstrates our appreciation for God’s mercy

Attitude - sorrow, love, humility, subjection

Actions – sacrifical service, devotion

Where do I stand with my debt?
Jesus honours the sinful woman and rebukes the religious leader.

Jesus is our God and pays our debt. Cancelled – it is finished, debt is paid in full

how will i respond?

Series Information

Jesus used many teachable stories, or parables, to help people understand The Kingdom.