Finding True and Lasting Freedom from Addiction in Christ
We have provided a sample chapter from The Breaking the Chains Seminar on DVD Workbook for your review. It also contains important, detailed information about the seminar and how to use all the materials available.
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The enslaving and controlling effects of sin
How you define addiction determines the approach you will take in helping someone. This emphatically biblical approach represents an exposition of relevant scriptures resulting in the inevitable conclusion that addiction is a spiritual stronghold within which sin predominates. A brief survey of the numerous competing definitions of addiction is covered. The more like Christ we are, the more power we have over temptation and sin. Hence, Christlikeness is the goal for every student. Proverbs 5:22, John 8:34, Romans 6:12/16, 8:29, 2 Peter 2:19.
Believers are free from sin
This session is primarily an explication of the Romans 6 theology that the believer is free from the controlling power of sin. The nature and effects of sin are covered. Students learn that they are not powerless over their habitual sin. Rather, it is sin that has been made powerless over them (Romans 6:6). This passage demonstrates that it is well within the ability of the believer to stop any addictive behavior. This teaching is prerequisite to breaking free from addiction. Students who apprehend this truth are well on their way to true and lasting freedom from addiction. John 8:32, Romans 6:1-8:2, Galatians 5:1, 13.
Change occurs by the renewing of the mind
Do you want to change? Do you want to change biblically? If so, what is the biblical prescription for change? The biblical prescription for change is the renewing of the mind, but how is that accomplished? Further, what does it mean to take a thought captive and how is that done? These topics and others are answered in this session. A great deal of attention is given to this critical area of study. The Think-Feel-Act progression is explained. Romans 12:2, 13:14, 2 Corinthians 2:11, 10:3-5, Ephesians 4:27, 1 Chronicles 21:1, Acts 5:1-5, 1 Kings 22:21-22, Philippians 4:8, Colossians 3:2.
What exactly is "The Way of Escape"?
Behind all sin lies temptation. Many fail in their battle against sin because they attempt to eradicate the sin rather than respond biblically to the temptation. Some Christians are looking for a way to avoid or "escape" temptation. Others are attempting to resist it. Neither of these responses is the biblical teaching on how to deal with temptation. This session is a deep and thorough discussion of temptation, its characteristics, and the biblical instruction for responding to it. 1 Corinthians 10:13, James 1:2-4, 14-15, and other scriptures.
What does it mean and how to do it
There is a difference between breaking free and remaining free from addiction. Walking by the Spirit is the key to remaining free from addiction. It is not as much a spiritual state to be strived for as it is a type of activity to be engaged in. Scripture clearly teaches that freedom is to be acted upon in order to ensure continuing spiritual formation. The focus of maintaining our freedom is not to pour all our energy into resisting temptation. Rather, we are to be spending our time engaged in activities that are conducive to spiritual growth. How we occupy our time determines if we will live in freedom. Galatians 5:16, Titus 2:14, Ephesians 5:15-18, 1 Peter 2:16.
Service-an essential component in sanctification
The single biggest reason that Christians relapse is because they dry up spiritually. But actively serving God precludes a stale and impotent Christian life. Sanctification is incomplete without the essential component of service. None of us become what God created us to be without doing what He created us to do. We are created and saved to serve. Unless and until you discover and live out what it is that God put you here for, you will never find purpose, meaning, and fulfillment in life--you will always be frustrated. Galatians 5:13, John 15:1-17, Romans 6:19, Ephesians 4:11-16, Proverbs 11:25, James 2:22.
Provision House will be producing DVD's and other resources related to subjects that affect everyone. While some of the material in these resources will draw upon the principles taught in the Breaking the Chains Seminar, they will not be directly related to addictions. You can anticipate many completely new subjects to be addressed and taught by Paul in this series.