Recovery or a fellowship group committed to living out the Gospel in Community offers:
…a fresh start.
…an opportunity to confess our ‘true selves.’
…a reminder that HE will receive and forgive us.
…a new realization of how serious we must take spiritual warfare.
…a chance to gain a proper perspective of our worth to God.
…a chance to have a new and better relationship with Jesus.
…a ‘season’ to deal directly with the wounds others have inflicted upon us.
…a chance to forgive others for hurting us.
…a chance to forgive ourselves for what we’ve done to others.
…a chance to offer restitution to others we’ve hurt.
…an opportunity for greater spiritual freedom, peace and joy.
…a chance to reconnect with Christ.
…a place where you are accepted.
…an opportunity to receive accountability.
…a place to pursue honest repentance.
…a chance to get real and take off our masks.
…an opportunity to bring our secrets and fears into the Light of Christ.
…an exit ramp from many paths of destruction.
…an entrance into the unconditional love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
…a more intimate awareness of and soaking in God’s love for us.
…a chance to heal our relationship with our spouse or children.
…a chance to heal our relationship with our parents.
…a chance to be set free from the power of our wounds and sins and fears and doubts.
…a chance to find the ‘life purpose’ God has made for us.
…a safe place to share.
…a community of confession.
…an opportunity to receive counseling (to be heard by others).
…a chance to discover the New Creation in us.
If your church provides this, then the Gospel is alive in your faith community. If not, well, that’s why recovery ministries exist: because many churches ‘don’t.’ If you need to find a recovery ministry near you, I recommend you start by visiting Celebrate Recovery.
Below are some Common Errors that people make:
…to deny our brokenness.
…to operate in our brokenness and associate it as our identity.
…to now allow others to have broken places in their life.
…to see others only through the lens of their brokenness.
…to never confess in our community of faith.
…to think that coming into the Circle of Light is a one-time thing.
My bibliography for this series includes but is not limited to the following resources: Strength in Weakness by Andrew Comiskey, Wounded Healer by Henri Nouwen, Your God is Too Safe by Mark Buchanan, Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen, Waking the Dead by John Eldridge, Crisis in Masculinity by Leanne Payne, and Boundaries by Cloud and Townsend. Among many others.