The recovery process can very easily become dominated by a repetitive retelling of our story again and again. With little thought to the negative implications of that retelling, many in the Recovery Movement rehearse the details of their issue so many times that they soon become defined by that issue ("Hi, I'm Bob. I'm an alcoholic.").
While a verbalization of the pain, the anger and the shame is cathartic and necessary to find healing, a repetitive articulation of those core issues apart from God's redemptive restoration is not helpful.
If we are not intentional about truth, our issues can define us and render us impotent for the healing and the subsequent growth God desires for each of us.
Throughout the three-and-a-half years of His earthly ministry, Jesus frequently met people with false belief systems. The Woman at the Well (John 4), for example, believed worship was locational (on Mount Gerazim). John's account tells us Jesus confronted the woman with the truth: the truth about herself (she had had five husbands), the truth about worship (true worshippers worship in spirit and in truth), and the truth about who He was (the Living Water).
The truth confronted the issues: head on.
According to John, that Samaritan woman responded positively to the truth, surrendering her "issues" to the truth as Jesus had articulated it.
The New Heart Ministries Truth and the Issue Curriculum is about confrontation: that sweet, sometimes violent confrontation of long-held issues with the truth as it personified in the Person of Jesus and the anointed Word of God.
The Pastors and Ministry Leaders of the New Heart Network are invited to download Truth and the Issue curriculum appropriate for each of their Healing and Recovery Groups. As curriculum is completed, it will be posted on the website for availability.