Addiction-Center-Feeling-Free Final

 

Wednesday Nights at 6:00 PM 
Men's group led by Scott Turvin - Fellowship Hall
Ladies group led by Kristen Atwell - Room 510
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At a time when so many are searching for the answer to addiction, the world has risen to the occasion offering one program after another. But what is the answer to the Church for the problem of addiction? Is the Word of God silent about this plague sweeping across our nation, and destroying everything in its path? Is mankind a victim, unable to resist sinful impulses because of a disease and, thus, unaccountable to God? Can one imprisoned by addiction ever be free?

 

 What We Believe

 

WE BELIEVE the Bible is God’s inerrant, infallible Word, and it is the final
authority on all issues concerning our lives and “The Most Excellent
Way” ministry.

 

WE BELIEVE the Bible says alcohol and drug addiction are sin, not disease
Therefore, the facts of sin and separation from God are dealt with as
the roots of all addiction problems.

 

WE BELIEVE there is only one way we find forgiveness for sin: through
faith in Jesus Christ who died for our sins. He is the only authority
and power able to forgive our sins.

 

WE BELIEVE there is only one way to be reconciled to God and achieve 
total victory over the sin of addiction:  Jesus said: “You must be born
again” by the Spirit.  ~ John 3:7 NKJV.  That occurs when we ask Jesus
Christ to become our personal Lord  and Savior.

 

WE BELIEVE, once “born again,” we are empowered by the Spirit of God
to overcome any sin, including addiction and drunkenness.

 

WE BELIEVE permanent victory over the sin of addiction occurs when
we deny our own will, and begin to willingly submit our lives to the
perfect will of God on a daily basis.

 

WE BELIEVE in teaching, encouraging and discipling new believers from
God’s Word as led by His Holy Spirit.

 

WE BELIEVE knowing God’s truths protects us from man’s false ideas and
doctrines prevalent in today’s world.  “Jesus said to those ... who believed Him, ‘If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’”  ~ John 8:31-32 NKJV

 

WE BELIEVE Jesus is the truth that makes us free. He is the source of truth,
the perfect standard of what is right.  He frees us from self-deception,
and His Spirit gives us discernment:  “. . . that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ . . .”  ~ Ephesians 4:14-5

 

Ten Attitudes of Victorious Living

 

When we finally get clean and sober, we must learn to live a new life with a new character. When we become new creations in Christ, we must put on His spiritual life and put off the old, worldly, prideful, selfish, lustful nature. In His Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5, 6 and 7), Jesus describes the attitudes of His followers. 

 

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus.” 
Philippians 2:5 NKJV

 

1 ... Humility

 I admit I am powerless over the affects of drugs and alcohol, and
 self-centered behavior. My life is unmanageable. Jesus said:
“Blessed are the poor 
in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” 

                                                                      Matthew 5:3 NKJV

2 ... Repentance

 I believe Jesus Christ can and will create in me a new way of life.
 Jesus said: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” 

                                                                      Matthew 5:4 NKJV

3 ... Submissiveness
 I give my will and my life to Jesus Christ. Jesus said: “Blessed are
 the meek, 
for they shall inherit the earth.”

                                                                       Matthew 5:5 NKJV

4 ... Honesty
 I honestly examine myself in the light of God’s Word. Jesus said:
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 
for they
 shall be filled.”

                                                                      Matthew 5:6 NKJV

5 ... Mercy
 I humbly ask God’s forgiveness for my sinful past.  I am able to forgive
 those who have hurt me. 
Jesus said:  “Blessed are the merciful, for they
 shall obtain mercy.”

                                                                      Matthew 5:7 NKJV

6 ... Obedience
 I desire to live under the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit day by day.
 Jesus said: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."

                                                                      Matthew 5:8 NKJV

7 ... Reconciliation
 I ask forgiveness from God and those I have hurt or dealt with unfairly.
 Jesus said: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."

                                                                      Matthew 5:9 NKJV

8 ... Faith
 I trust in the power of Jesus Christ when I face hardship and trials. Jesus said:
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for 
righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the
 kingdom of heaven."

                                                                      Matthew 5:10 NKJV

9 ... Perseverance
 I stand firm in my faith that Jesus is in control of all things.Jesus said: “Blessed
 are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against
 you falsely for My sake. 
Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward
 in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you."

                                                                      Matthew 5:11-12 NKJV

10 ... Loving Servant
 As a new creation in Christ, I share with others the Good News of a risen Savior
 who makes His people whole. 
Jesus said: "You are the salt of the earth; ... You
 are the 
light of the world ... Let your light so shine before men, that they may
 see your good works and glorify 
your Father in heaven."

                                                                       Matthew 5:13-16 NKJV