Learning Forgiveness



We continue our Christian Education course for adults on Sunday, January 11th, at 9:00 AM in the parlor of First Congregational Church of Beloit. Each session, led by Rev. Kendell Nordstrom, will last until 10:00 AM.




You may choose to attend one, several, or all of the sessions. Study sheets for the next week’s course are on the tables in the Gathering Space.




In this six-session study, we'll consider the various aspects of forgiveness, a concept perhaps more central to Christianity than to any other religion.




Christians differ widely in their interpretations of how forgiveness should be practiced. Some urge forgiveness as a Christian duty under all circumstances, while others argue that certain conditions must be met before forgiveness can be meaningful or effective. How do we sort through such competing claims and interpretations? And how do we get past some of our emotional barriers to real forgiveness? These are the kinds of the questions we will explore together.




January 11, Session One 


The goal of this session is to welcome participants and encourage them to begin reflecting on forgiveness in relation to human community. Parables and folk tales are used to illustrate challenges faced by the need to forgive--and to be forgiven.




January 18, Session Two 


This session addresses awareness, acknowledgment, and confession as the foundation for seeking and receiving forgiveness. Self-examination allows us to look more objectively at our urge to judge others.




January 25, Session Three 


In this session we'll learn to identify some of our external and internal enemies and begin to move toward loving them. When we begin to see ourselves standing with those who have fallen into the seduction of sin, it casts a whole new light on what it means to pray for our enemies.




February 1, Session Four 


The goals of this session are to identify at least one thing for which we need forgiveness and to seek both God's forgiveness and that of any person(s) affected by our offense. We'll consider how to reconcile divine judgment with divine love as we explore the deeper spirit of repentance.




February 8, Session Five 


The sense in most New Testament teachings is that forgiving others is imperative--not optional. What if we can't forgive? Or we're simply not ready to forgive? This session uses touching stories of forgiveness to illuminate these challenging themes.




February 15, Session Six 


Many people believe that forgiveness is not possible without repentance, and that to offer forgiveness before repentance is a travesty of just, accountable relationships. But what of Jesus' willingness to forgive on the cross? Can we reverse the conventional relationship between repentance and forgiveness?


Church contact info:  801 Bushnell Street

                                   Beloit, WI  53511







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