Forgiveness: Finding Peace Through Letting Go

While forgiveness is a central part of our Christian faith, it can be a significant challenge. For four weeks we will use Adam Hamilton’s book “Forgiveness” as a guide through conversation about the importance of and the challenges of forgiving ourselves and one another.

April 23rd

The Divine Answer

Psalm 103:1-12

As we begin and overview this series we’ll lay the framework for understanding forgiveness: we are all created in the image of God, we all fall short of who we are created to be, and God offers us forgiveness when we do fall short. In this first message we’ll focus on what it means to be recipients of God’s forgiveness so that we might be agents of forgiveness in the world.

 

April 30th

For Better, For Worse

Colossians 3:12-15

Building upon the conversations started last week, about the weight and burden of mistakes that we all carry, we will focus the conversation on what it means for us to extend and receive forgiveness in romantic relationships, especially in those most intimate covenanted relationships we share with partners.

 

May 7th

The Dreamcoat

Genesis 50:15-21

This week we will focus on the struggle to forgive family members who have hurt us, especially those who have repeatedly hurt us without showing any signs of remorse. As we explore these conversations the story of Joseph and his brothers will provide a framework for understanding the challenges that exist as well as the powerful potential that exists when forgiveness can happen.

 

May 14th

Seventy Times Seven

Matthew 18:21-22 and Matthew 5:23-24

As we conclude this series we’ll talk about practical ways to work toward forgiving others even when they have wronged us repeatedly. One of those ways is the use of a simple acronym “R.A.P.” (Remembering our shortcomings, Assuming the best in others, Praying for those who have wronged us).