SERIES BIG IDEA:
The truth of who we are in Jesus removes our toxic shame and gives us courage to be honest with God, ourselves, and each other.
TEACHING BIG IDEA:
Jesus set me free to stay free.
Addictions are toxic. When we are addicts we have allowed something other than God to be in control of our lives. There are two types of addiction. Substance addiction includes alcohol, drugs, and nicotine. The substances can be illegal, but more commonly are legal. Process addiction includes gambling, sex, gaming, and food, but can actually be any behavior that can lead to mental or physical health issues, disruptions in relationships, and an inability to stop engaging in the behavior despite negative consequences. Addictions lead to broken relationships with others and with God. Addictions take away our true purpose. Despite the challenges of overcoming addictions, the freedom that Jesus gives us through new birth provides hope to stay free from all addictions. Addictions can seem like a bottomless pit, but Jesus can provide something infinite to satisfy. Overcoming addictions require holding to Jesus’ teaching and truth, and allowing shame and guilt to be positive motivations. Staying free can happen with true accountability found in others by getting an accountability posse and living in community.
TALK IT OVER (Discuss One or More):
What is your experience with addictions?
How can being an addict, either substance or process, keep a follower of Jesus from their purpose? What is your purpose as a follower of Jesus?
Describe the most important relationships in your life. How could being an addict destroy those relationships?
Jesus desires that all of His followers be free and stay free. What are factors that could contribute to the effectiveness of an accountability posse to help an individual stay free? What about living in community?
Identify those in your life that are struggling with addictions. Commit to praying for them. Pray for them now. Pray for wisdom from God in how to love them and your involvement with them.
Other Scriptures to Read:
- Hebrews 4:15-16
- 1 Corinthians 10:13
- James 4:7
- 1 Corinthians 6:12