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Welcome to the Iowa City Church sermon and teaching page.  We know that life can be confusing, and sometime just plain hard.  We believe the best way to live life comes through following Jesus.  These lessons and sermons are designed to be a resource to help you on that journey.  We hope you find them helpful!

Jun 22, 2021

Guilt.  It's a feeling you get when you did something wrong, or perceived you did something wrong.  Guilt can feel like a weight upon one's shoulders or a tightness in the chest.  Sometimes guilt is helpful, much like when nerve endings tell a person to move their hand away from the fire, likewise guilt tells us to stop...we have "crossed a line."  Guilt becomes a bad thing when we don't know how to resolve it, remove it or stop doing whatever makes us feel guilty. 

Shame.  It's similar to guilt, but it's more then a feeling, it's an identity.  Shame is a sense that your whole self is wrong, and it may or may not be related to a specific behavior or event.  Nevertheless, shame becomes a label we wear or that we are known by; the thief, the cheater, the failure, or the addict.  Much like guilt, we feel the weight of shame, the heaviness of wearing an identity we would do anything to shake, and that's part of the problem.  In trying to lose the shame, we often find ourselves in an even worse situation then when we started.  So the question is this: What is a person supposed to do with the weight of guilt and shame?

In this new sermon series called Beyond Belief, we will take a look at how faith in Jesus not only frees us from guilt and shame, but provides us with the freedom to live a new life with a new identity.  Do you want to know more?  Give a listen and discover how the apostle Paul teaches these truths from Romans chapter 7 and 8.