What’s Got You Hooked?
Gambling Drugs Video Games Sex Smoking Alcohol Shopping Porn Anorexia/Bulimia
Tired of the cycle you are in? Are you ready to conquer your addiction?
Come Experience the Course that has changed THOUSANDS of lives throughout the Heartland.
13 consecutive Thursday evenings beginning Jan 24, 2019 6:30—8:30 p.m.
5195 Old Cape Rd. East, Jackson, Missouri 63755
Childcare Provided, Register online at TheExchangeCommunity.org
About this class:
This course meets weekly for 13 consecutive weeks. Participants will sit with the same table group throughout, and the weekly class consists of: small group discussion—this is led by a table leader, and the discussion focuses on questions that are proposed in the previous week’s homework, a teaching on one of the topics listed below, and opportunity for fellowship.
Conquering Addiction is based on “Steps at the Village,” a repentance and reconciliation curriculum and biblical twelve-step study developed by The Village Church in Highland Village, Texas. It includes daily homework and weekly teachings on these topics: Creation and Fall, The Remedy: The Gospel, The Response: Repentance, The Result: Justification, Adoption and Sanctification, Anger and Abuse, Sex, Guilt and Shame, Fear, Anxiety and Grief, Offering and Asking, Reconciling and Amending, Confronting and Forgiving, Pursuing and Persevering, and The Joy of Making Much of His Name.
What is a Biblical 12-Step Study?
In addition to teaching about repentance and reconciliation, this class also takes the traditional 12-steps from Alcoholics Anonymous and does a thorough study of each step from a biblical perspective. Using Step 1 as an example, the traditional Step 1 states:
“We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.”
In Conquering Addiction, the first 2 weeks are spent studying and understanding the Creation prior to the Fall, giving us insight into God’s ideal picture of our relationship with Him, and studying and understanding how sin entered the world, and what the results and consequences are of this sin. Step 1 is then redefined as follows:
“Man, in relationship to his Creator, has fallen from a place of dignity, humility and dependence to a state of depravity, pride and rebellion. This has led to unfathomable suffering. Any attempts on our own to redeem ourselves are futile, only increasing the problem of independence and self-sufficiency. Any perceived success leads only to empty vanity. Apart from Christ, we are powerless to overcome sin, and our attempts to control it only increase our chaos.”
This teaches that we are powerless to conquer our sin or addictions on our own, and it goes on to introduce the Gospel, and dependence on Christ as the answer. The curriculum addresses how to deal with guilt and shame, abuse, sexual sin, resentments, fears and grief and has a strong component which teaches about repentance, forgiveness and making amends.
Is this class just for those with addictions?
No. Anyone who wants excellent discipleship teaching, anyone who wants to root out past sin from his or her life, or anyone who wants to become equipped to serve in this ministry is welcome.