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Overcoming Emotional and Spiritual Strongholds | Re:Generation Recovery Ministry

We all experience brokenness. Our thoughts and experiences can become emotional and spiritual strongholds, leaving us weary and worn down. Participating in a recovery ministry where you experience authentic community and discipleship and identify the root of your struggles can help you find freedom and healing. 

At Re:generation, we believe anyone can experience new life and freedom by working through the steps of healing God gave us in the Bible.

 

What Are Common Fears People Have About Recovery Ministry?

 

Most of us are naturally defensive. We put up walls and refuse to let other people in. Some common fears we see include:

  • Fear of what others will think
  • Fear of vulnerability
  • Fear of judgment
  • Fear of change

 

During the 12 steps of Re:generation recovery ministry, participants contemplate, “What am I putting in God’s place?” As they consider this question, practice vulnerability, and engage in community, they begin to identify and uproot their idols. When they realize that their group is a safe place, they naturally become more comfortable and confident in letting others see who they are. For many people, their fears are calmed by watching other group members share their struggles and learning that they are not the only ones with emotional and spiritual strongholds.

 


 

About Re:generation

 

The mission of Re:generation is to call all people to be fully devoted followers of Christ, and the vision is to be an authentic community of Christ-followers who are relentless in helping each other experience intimacy with God. 

 

Re:generation follows a 12-step process written with a biblical theology for salvation and sanctification. We believe that freedom is the fruit of abiding in Christ and that community is essential to an authentic pursuit of God. Participants in Re:generation work through the curriculum in a mixed-issue group where they become aware of various struggles and learn how to work through them in community.

 


 

Common Stigmas Around Seeking Healing in a Recovery Ministry

 

Most people think a recovery ministry is for people with “issues.” When they hear the words “recovery ministry,” they associate the material and exercises with people who need freedom from addictions like alcohol, pornography, or substance abuse. The curriculum and process of healing is for anyone struggling with any type of stronghold, such as anxiety, depression, people-pleasing, insecurity, or obsessive thoughts. 

Although the ministry benefits anyone, only some are ready to go that deep and work on themselves. Re:generation has zero pressure to commit. People often visit on Monday nights and realize this is a commitment and journey they are willing to fulfill. But for people not ready to go this deep, there is no pressure or expectation to continue attending. 

 


 

Recovery Ministry vs. Addiction Recovery Programs

 

While most recovery programs focus on anonymity and confidentiality, Re:generation does not. Scripture does not support anonymity and confidentiality. Multiple verses encourage and call believers to bear each other’s burdens (Galatians 6:2), confess sins (James 5:16), and seek authentic fellowship (1 John 1:7-9). Participants in Re:generation practice sharing each other’s burdens through confessing sin and embracing the truth of God’s Word.

 

When people attend other recovery programs, they are placed in a group with people who have the same addiction or stronghold. They work with these people to recover from an issue. Re:generation facilitates mixed-issue groups, which help participants root their identity in Christ rather than their struggle. The groups also equip members to deal with issues they might have yet to encounter. Re:generation groups focus on heart recovery, not just recovery from an issue. Participants experience authentic community and discipleship, contributing to heart change and healing.

 

Woman standing outside raising her hands in freedom.

 

Why Is a Recovery Ministry Biblical?

 

1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 and 7 communicate that the will of God for believers is sanctification.

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor…For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness.”—1 Thessalonians 4:3-4, 7. 

 

How do we achieve sanctification? 2 Thessalonians 2:13 gives us the answer.

“But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth…”—2 Thessalonians 2:13  

 

God does not just want us to be sober physically but sober spiritually, too. Re:generation focuses on recovering the image of God in us so He can sanctify us to become more like Him. That is what a recovery ministry helps us do.  

 


 

Find Freedom, Healing, and Joy 

 

John 10:10 says:

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

Jesus offers an abundant life to believers, but most people do not fully experience it because they are captive to emotional or spiritual strongholds. Jesus wants you to identify the root of your struggle to find freedom and healing. Re:generation recovery ministry can help you grow closer to experiencing His abundant life. 

 


 

Wins We’re Celebrating in Re:generation

 

The most significant win Re:generation celebrates is life change. This year, they celebrated 290 successful graduates from the program. They have seen people coming into the first few meetings with their heads down in shame, but just a few weeks later, they walked in confidently with their heads held high. People who have been isolated, worn down, and discouraged find freedom, healing, and community within Re:generation.

 

Are you tired, broken, or held captive by your thoughts? If you are in the Kansas City area, consider joining us in person for Re:generation on Monday nights from 6:30-8:30. No registration is required for in-person attendance. Not in the Kansas City area? Register to attend Re:generation online from the comfort of your home! We want everyone to experience the abundant life, healing, and freedom Jesus offers from wherever they are located.