unSTUCK pt 1


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unSTUCK! Romans 7:15-25

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Ever been stuck?

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Bill Wilson Jailed Lost his job Hospitalized 4 times Dr. told his wife Lois she had 3 choices: (1) Have him locked up (2) Watch him go insane or (3) she could let him die Got invited to Oxford Club Out of his experience with them AA was born AA was based on the scriptures and practices of Christianity

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12 Steps Bill associated the 12 steps with the twelve apostles Explained in book “Alcoholics Anonymous,” often called “the big book” Over 30 million copies On the Library of Congress list of “The 88 Books that Shaped America” AA has led to over 50 other official 12-step programs that outline how to “get free” from countless addictions

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Definition of Addiction (mentalhelp.net) Addiction is the repeated involvement with a substance or activity, despite the substantial harm it now causes, because that involvement was (and may continue to be) pleasurable and/or valuable.

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I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead, I do what I hate.  But if I know that what I am doing is wrong, this shows that I agree that the law is good.  So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

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 And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t.  I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.  But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.

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 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.

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I love God’s law with all my heart.  But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.  Oh, what a miserable person I am!

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Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?  Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.

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Beginning point – Step 1 “We admitted we were powerless over our fatal attraction to do wrong and that our lives had become unmanageable.”

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Step 1 is the Acceptance of a Spiritual reality PEOPLE WHO BELIEVE THEY CAN “SAVE” THEMSELVES _____________________________________ PEOPLE WHO KNOW THEY CAN’T

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The Acknowlegement of Step 1 by the Medical Community Led to Alcoholism being classified as a disease

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If you are not sick, you don’t need Jesus. . .  “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do.  I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” Luke 5:31-32

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There is no “us” and “them” – Richard Rohr

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Popular “Lie” Among Christians “God will not give you more than you can handle”

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. . . The true nature of FREEDOM "Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.“ "So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.“ "It is for freedom that Christ has set us free,“ "…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."

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Brutal honesty "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins…“ John (disciple of Jesus)

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A Man with the Power . . .

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We think Freedom is about Control "I will manage the people in my life. I will try to control other people. I will try to control what they say and what they do and even what they think. I will try to control my spouse. I will try to control my kids. I will try to control the people at work, the people all around me so nobody thwarts my will. I will deceive them if I need to." John Ortberg

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"Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed." Book of James

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Rohr’s summary of the Gospel and 12 Steps We Suffer to Get Well We Surrender to Win We Die to Live We Give It Away to Keep It

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Implications for church as well Christianity has become more a set of beliefs than a set of practices We can become “stuck” in ways of thinking We can convince ourselves that we are somehow different than “those people” We can convince ourselves that we can “fix our situation” by our own intelligence and effort.

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This week’s assignment. . . “We admitted we were powerless over our fatal attraction to do wrong and that our lives had become unmanageable.”

Summary: Wednesday Bible Study Notes from November 8th, 2017.

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