Her past includes sexual abuse. . . or addictions. . . or suicide attempts. . . or perhaps other kinds of brokenness. . .
She comes to your church but doesn’t seem to fit in. She’s a very needy person, in need of both spiritual and emotional healing. You’re not sure you know how to help her.
You’re not sure you can make the time commitment you know will be needed to help her in the rebuilding process.
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Restoring Broken Lives
There needs to be a well thought out strategy to help those who have experienced major hurts in their past. Without a systematic, logical progression in the discipleship process, they cannot rebuild what was destroyed or find spiritual growth and emotional healing.
What is destroyed by abuse?
- Their ability to trust, both people and God
- An accurate view of God, Himself, as good, wise and sovereign
- An accurate view of themselves as precious and loved
- Hope is destroyed and so their view of the future is distorted
- Their sense of safety
- Their will and the power of choice is compromised
- The feeling of what it means to be alive and to be human
- The normal stages of emotional growth and development
- Their sense of stability is replaced with a hidden fear and inner confusion
- The desire to live
- Their view of what real love is
Suggested outline for weekly Growth Groups:
- Getting to Know the Father – 8-week study*
- This Changes Everything: Learning How to Trust God – 12-week study*
- More Than Conquerors – 10-week study*
- Taking Every Thought Captive – 10-week study*
Training for those who help
It is suggested that the helpers go through the studies themselves before taking the participants through them. This will help insure that any issues the helpers have in the areas covered by the class are resolved prior to their teaching the concepts to the class.
In addition, it is recommended that the helpers go through LDM’s How to Be a Barnabas training. This will not only help them understand some of the emotional issues they may encounter in the class but, more importantly, train them in what to do when these issues arise.
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