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Forgiveness: Making Peace with the Past, By Douglas Connelly
  • Length: 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Number of Studies: 8
  • Published: January 10, 2005
  • Imprint: IVP Bible Studies
  • Item Code: 3094
  • ISBN: 9780830830947

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Forgiveness is a door. It's the way to peace and joy. But it's a small door, and it can't be entered without stooping—or kneeling. And sometimes it is very hard to find.

When we hurt the people we love, how do we go about restoring the relationship?

When we suffer the pain of betrayal or injury or rejection from someone else, how do we deal with the anger and resentment we feel?

In eight studies, Douglas Connelly leads the way to help you discover, understand and practice what the Bible says about forgiveness.

This eight-session LifeGuide® Bible Study features questions for starting group discussions and for meeting God in personal reflection, together with leader's notes and a "Now or Later" section in each study.

For over three decades LifeGuide Bible Studies have provided solid biblical content and raised thought-provoking questions—making for a one-of-a-kind Bible study experience for individuals and groups. This series has more than 130 titles on Old and New Testament books, character studies, and topical studies.


Getting the Most Out of Forgiveness

Part One: How God Forgives Us
1. Our Forgiving Father - Luke 15:11-32
2. Why We Need Forgiveness - Ephesians 2:1-10
3. Confessing Our Sin - 1 John 1:5–2:2
4. The Shout of a Forgiven Man - Psalm 32

Part Two: How We Forgive Others
5 Out of Debt! - Matthew 18:21-35
6 When We Are Wounded - Matthew 18:15-20
7 As We Forgive Others - Matthew 6:5-15
8 Forgiving When We Don't Feel Like It - Philemon

Leader's Notes


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Douglas Connelly

Douglas Connelly (MDiv and MTh, Grace Theological Seminary) was senior pastor at Davison Missionary Church near Flint, Michigan, and he previously served twelve years as senior pastor at Parkside Community Church in Sterling Heights, Michigan. A writer and speaker, he wrote more than a dozen LifeGuide® Bible Studies as well as several books, including The Bible for Blockheads and Angels Around Us.