Make no mistake… North Park is not seeking to eliminate any other aspect of your recovery program. We simply believe that we can offer some things that will complete your program. Consider this; Jesus first sermon included these words:“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” Luke 4:18-19
Did you catch that? Jesus came preaching freedom, recovery and release. At North Park that’s the ministry that He has called us to. The North Park recovery and support system includes five basic facets.
Jesus… saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. Mark 6:34
What was Jesus answer for people who did not know what to do? Teaching… Not telling them what to do, but teaching them to think about things the right way. Did you know that you and I have been sold a bill of goods? We have been lied to about who we are, who God is and the way to a whole-fulfilling life. Lasting recovery happens as these lies are replaced with truth. Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32
That’s Jesus model. At North Park all teaching is Bible based, recovery oriented and useful for you today. Letting go of false belief’s and filling up on truth is the pathway to freedom. We suggest that you take full advantage of all teaching venues:
*Weekend services: large group casual lecture type setting.
Saturday 5:30pm & Sunday 11:00am
*Celebrate Recovery large group lecture /small group sharing
*Small Groups small interactive home settings
Various homes throughout the week
*Bible classes: small interactive
Saturation with the truth (teaching) is the way to freedom, recovery and release.
Jesus said, “…true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” John 4:23-24
Worship is to exalt or lift something or someone to the highest or most important position in our lives. You and I have worshiped many things. Perhaps a person, a drug, or money and recognition. Even a recovery program can become an object of worship. At North Park we believe that Jesus Christ is the highest power. The Bible says that getting God into the right position in your life is “KEY” to your lasting recovery. That’s why most aspects of recovery at NP include intentional worship… Time when we center our attention on Jesus Christ as the highest power in our lives. …the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.1Corinthians 1:25 True worship is the key to lasting freedom, recovery and release.
“Bad company corrupts good character.” 1Corinthians 15:33 Wrong people = wrong choices… Right people = right choices. If you want to hang in there, you need the right people.
He who walks with the wise grows wise,
but a companion of fools suffers harm. Proverbs 13:20 At North Park you are surrounded by people who are dealing with the same kinds of things that you are dealing with. You will find people in all levels of recovery. Worried about judgment? In leadership at North Park you’ll see people living successfully in the advanced stages of the recovery process. In all areas, honesty is highly promoted and respected. Why? Apart from honesty healing cannot take place.Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. James 5:16 For this reason we highly suggest that you seek an individual sponsor from the North Park community.
True community is the staying power for freedom, recovery and release.
You need a place to give back… A place to live out your life’s purpose. What is your life’s purpose? The Bible makes it clear:
…we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10
Think about it; God doesn’t straighten out your life for nothing. Your new life in Christ is God’s workmanship. Everything that has happened to you has happened for a reason. What reason? To prepare you to fulfill the purpose that you were created for. Like a piece of fine pottery your life has been molded and refined in the fire of adversity in order to prepare you to serve an important function that only you can fulfill. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. 2Corinthians 1:4 You are uniquely qualified to serve God in a very special way. At North Park we want to help you both discover how you are gifted and help you begin doing serving. That’s why the Bible says, …let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Service and giving back is experiencing freedom, recovery and release.
You need a real growing relationship with God to power your recovery. So if the Son (Jesus) sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36 There are loads of substitutes out there- but all of them are exactly that; substitutes for the REAL THING. At North Park our primary focus is helping you grow in a relationship with God through prayer, Bible study and right relationships.