Session 1 draws on the first two chapters of the book Making Sense of God’s Love: Atonement and Redemption. We shall focus on the different ways we understand and misunderstand the idea of Atonement and how that informs the way we think about sin and blame.
The aim of this session is to get the group thinking about ideas of blame, guilt and shame, and of healing and what it means to ‘atone’ for something.
While the ideas of atonement and redemption may seem quite solemn and weighty, they are in fact the very heart of the ‘good news’ of the Gospel. You might want to share any experiences you have personally known of forgiveness, or a story relating to someone else. Do respect the confidentiality of your sources by avoiding using real names where possible.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,
Blame and the way we experience sin
Culpability vs. guilt. Whose fault is it?
Shame and guilt
Reconciliation and healing