Special Seminar Available For Youths
"How to Forgive Other People," "The Surprising Truth About Vengeance" and "How to Forgive Yourself" are just some of the topics that will be discussed as part of a new Lenten learning series titled "70 x 7: Finding Freedom Through Forgiveness" that is currently being offered at Grace Covenant Church in Exton.
The teaching series, based on the book of the same name by author Bruce Wilkinson, began on Feb. 18 and will continue every Sunday during 9:30 a.m. worship services through Sunday, April 22.
All community members are invited to attend, regardless of faith and background. "Everyone can come to this (learning series)," said the Rev. Dr. Tim Brown, pastor. "There is not a person on the planet who cannot benefit from learning (about) forgiveness."
The name of the series is based on the biblical parable of the unforgiving servant from Matthew 18. The purpose of the parable is introduced in Matthew 18:22-23, which reads, "Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, 'Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother who sins against me? Up to seven times?' Jesus answered, 'I tell you, not just seven times, but 70 times seven times.'"
Brown said that one of the discussions will focus on forgiving those who do not show remorse for their actions. "Freedom is available through forgiveness, even if someone has not apologized. Reconciliation and forgiveness are two distinct things," he noted. "That is one of the questions we will address."
Brown said that many people carry grudges that weigh them down in everyday life. "All of us have experienced (betrayal) - we can either forgive and walk in freedom or carry an (invisible) anvil behind us," he stated.
Brown emphasized that people can attend any or all of the remaining sessions. "Of course, it is best if participants can attend every week as there is a progression to the series, but each week will include some review and can stand alone as well," he said.
He noted that breakout sessions will be available for those who wish to discuss the topic further each week. Also, workbooks are optional but will be available for a small suggested donation.
In addition to the new sermon series, Will Adair, the church's director of youth and family ministries, is currently leading a study about dating and marriage on Sundays at 6:30 p.m. during the month of February. The program is open to youths in grades six to 12.
The study will address questions such as "What is the purpose of dating and marriage?" and "What does the Bible say about dating and marriage?" and "Why does it matter?"
"Our kids today are experiencing age compression, which means younger kids mature more quickly because of older siblings or kids at school," said Brown. "Their friends are starting to date, and that's why we are talking about it." He added that the program will be age-appropriate.
To learn about the program for youths, readers may view Adair's video at http://www.gracecovenantepc.org/youth-ministries-programs.
Grace Covenant Church is located in the Oaklands Corporate Center at 444 Creamery Way, Suite 100, Exton. For more information, readers may call 610-924-7282 or visit http://www.gracecovenantepc.org or http://www.facebook.com/GraceCovenantEpc.