Gospel Lens Look at Forgiveness
Wednesday evenings, July 12 - August 30, 2017, 7:30 - 9:00pm, (no class Jul 19) Virtual Zoom Group
Do you struggle to forgive? Perhaps you find your heart struggling with a low grade issue that doesn’t seem to resolve? Are you tired of forgiving over and over again? Does trauma or betrayal continue to plague your life and memory? Has a particular relationship caused you harm?
Because we live between the Now and the Not Yet, we are all wounded and we all wound. Each of us has experienced deep hurt by someone who has wounded us physically, emotionally, or spiritually by their words and actions. We’ve been hurt and we don’t know quite what to do with it - how to process, how to forgive, and what moving forward in relationships does and does not look like. The struggle to forgive can leave us gasping for air, but God’s promise in Ps 23:3 is a place to breathe and a path that’s good. “True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction."
In this cohort, we will use gospel tools to look at how our stories fit into God’s story, where we typically hide when we’ve been hurt, and how forgiveness might change and free us to love God and others.
The Gospel Lens Look at Forgiveness will be led by Ruth Ann Batstone.
When it comes to pastors, spouses, and issues in their hearts, Ruth Ann Batstone brings a wealth of wisdom and experience to the table. She has counseled and mentored women through Serge's (formerly World Harvest Mission) year-long Sonship discipleship curriculum since 1990. She is a therapist in private practice and also teaches at seminars, conferences, and women's retreats. She has written a book on forgiveness called Moving On: Beyond Forgive & Forget. With her husband Stu, Ruth Ann has ministered overseas in Europe, Russia, Japan, Africa and South America as well as in the United States, Canada and Mexico. They have been married for fifty years, have four married children and twelve amazing grandchildren who regularly teach them all kinds of exciting new things. They love to travel, snorkel, and ride bikes.