Faith, this week we tackle a very curious and controversial verse! On the first Easter evening Jesus declares to the disciples: “If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” John 20:21-23
Who could possibly live up to this sort of commission and the authority it provides? How would we even do so? What does this have to do with confession of sins? We’ll be doing Q and A this week. I hope you’ll join us either in-person or online!
Here are the message/group discussion notes for this week. Click here.
For a deeper dive…
Here are some relevant quotes from Protestant reformer Martin Luther on the topic.
In addition, I found a great site called Trent Dialogues where Catholics and Protestants dialogue and speak to different topics. In this video a Protestant speaks toward the Catholic sacrament of confession in light of Sunday’s verse.
And then I also found this video relevant to our text from a Catholic perspective on What is Confession?