God’s grace is the one thing that can reach us in our shame and begin the process of healing. As we hear in the story of 12-year-old Ingemar, shame can cheat us of childhood. God’s grace gives it back to us.
We look at shame through the lens of sickness. Along the way we explore some of the sources of shame – social, familial, psychological, and even physiological – and begin to chart a course for how the Lord’s “just because” love can address and begin to heal the power of shame in our lives.
We began by exploring what shame feels like, when we’re most prone to it, and how it affects our sense of identity and our relationship with God. Here we look at a personal case study in shame and explore some of the different varieties of shame – because shame can be experienced in very different ways and lead to very different outcomes.
We’ve launched a new message series based on our all-congregation book, Shame and Grace: Healing the Shame We Don’t Deserve. Each week we tackle a different aspect of the experience of shame, and we’ll see how God’s grace addresses it and deals with it. But before we rush on to talk about how God’s grace can and does overcome our shame, we need to really get in touch with what shame is, and how it can afflict us. So, we begin by drilling down to distinguish shame from other feelings and experiences. What does shame feel like? What makes shame different from guilt? When are we most prone to be burdened by shame? How does shame affect our sense of our identity – and our relationship with God?
For our first-ever Mixer Sunday, a number of people from each Redeemer campus traveled to the other location to mix it up, make new connections, and celebrate life together. At Redeemer Chicago, we heard personal testimonies from members of Park Ridge who shared about their experiences at Redeemer and how God has made a difference in their lives.
For our first-ever Mixer Sunday, a number of people from each Redeemer campus traveled to the other location to mix it up, make new connections, and celebrate life together. In Park Ridge, some new members at Redeemer Chicago shared about the powerful ways God is moving in their lives.
We take a look at what the Bible has to say about those in prison. We look at some surprising Biblical snapshots of those who were in prison, and then explore some of the implications for what the church is called to do in the light of mass incarceration. Something truly profound is going on with the dynamic of imprisonment and freedom, incarceration and release, guilt and innocence. And Jesus is at the center of it all.