Living Free

SUPPORT GROUPS

Discover what it means to live free!

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Living free groups are Biblically-based and present Jesus Christ as the ultimate source of healing.

We believe that Jesus is our Higher Power to whom our lives must be surrendered to experience real freedom. The Bible, God’s written Word, is our guidebook for healing and recovery.

Each group provides a confidential, safe environment where people are free to openly share their struggles and victories as they develop healthy relationships with God, themselves, and others.

Current Groups

NEW THIS SPRING - LIVING FREE 1.0

This group is for people who are ready to get in touch with the roots of their compulsive struggles which keep them from experiencing God’s freedom in their lives. If you know that you need help but aren’t sure which Living Free group to join, Living Free 1.0 would be a great starting point for you. Group members will learn together how to let God buy back (redeem) the pain of their past as they watch Him actually reverse past hurts to bring personal healing and hope. Our goal is to better understand why God has allowed our past wounds and present scars as we discover how He can turn our pain into His amazing plan for our lives.

GATHER • EQUIP • MOBILIZE

2021 SPRING TERM

BEGINS APRIL 22

LOVE GOD | LOVE PEOPLE | SERVE OUR WORLD

NEW THIS SPRING - TRUTH OR LIES FOR WOMEN

Have you ever believed a lie that held you in bondage about who you are, who God is, or left you trapped in other life-altering deceptions? This group for women of all ages and life stages will help you move from false beliefs to truth and healing as you learn how to refute the lies of your REAL enemy. Learn to live in freedom and defeat every lie you’ve ever believed with the TRUTH! Through weekly discussion, in depth study and prayer, we will shine the truth of God’s Word on our misconceptions about God, sin, emotions, priorities, marriage, family, sexuality and other crucial topics. Don’t miss this new study where light will dispel darkness and women will be set free to live in God’s grace, forgiveness and abundance.

NEW THIS SPRING - WHAT’S EATING YOU

This group for men and women helps people find freedom from their fixation on food, media and other distractions through a satisfying relationship with God. The term will include a 40-day sugar fast. If you find yourself running to food, media or other escapes for comfort or reward, eating from habit or boredom or struggling with self control, this group will help you replace your cravings with a new appetite for the good things God has in store for you.

DIVORCECARE

Separation and divorce are among life’s most painful and stressful experiences. It’s a confusing time when people may feel isolated and have questions about issues they’ve never before faced. DivorceCare meets weekly to help you manage these challenges and move toward rebuilding your life. A video seminar featuring interviews, real life case studies and other helpful tools is followed by group discussion with time to share about what’s going on in your personal journey as you receive support from the group.

STEPS TO FREEDOM

Groups for men and women that promote personal growth and Christ- centered recovery for those seeking freedom from the life challenging issues of alcohol, or other chemical dependencies. Recovery is based on the 12-step process with emphasis on restoration through surrender to our Higher Power, Jesus Christ. In a confidential, safe setting, participants are freed to share struggles and breakthroughs as they build healthy relationships with God, themselves and others.

STEPS TO FREEDOM FOR FAMILIES

This group focuses on supporting those whose lives have been affected by the chemical dependency struggles of family members and friends. As group members support one another, learn healthy coping tools and turn to God’s truth for healing and understanding, they will experience hope to face the future with greater confidence. Group participants will grow in their ability to identify and develop healthy strategies for coping with misplaced guilt, shame and enabling behaviors as they learn to more effectively support their loved one’s recovery.

ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING WOMEN

This group focuses on helping those who are struggling with the debilitating effects of anxiety and depression. The goal is to facilitate growth and trust in God’s restoring power as the ultimate source of freedom. Participants complete a weekly study as they meet for discussion, prayer and sharing in a safe, supportive environment. As group members grow and heal, they can, in turn, strengthen others who are facing the same challenges. This group may be especially helpful as you seek to cope with the ongoing effects of the pandemic.

BREAKING FREE FROM ANGER FOR MEN

A group for men who are seeking to identify and manage the roots of anger in their lives so that they can live in greater freedom and peace. Through honest discussion, anger management tools, other helpful resource materials and prayer, participants will learn positive ways to deal with the core issues that can lead to anger and frustration as they surrender the control of their lives to the God who loves them.

FOR MEN ONLY

FMO provides a safe place for men who are struggling with any compulsive personal purity issues which are being acted out in unhealthy ways. The focus is on helping group members to grow through community as men encourage and support one another in a non- judgmental environment that helps build accountability. By developing healthy boundaries and a growing surrender to Jesus Christ, participants can avoid relapses and experience lasting victory in their lives.

FOR WOMEN ONLY

The FWO group is for women who are dealing with personal purity issues or facing this challenge with the men in their lives. Through study, discussion, prayer, and support, women learn how to overcome their pain and sense of betrayal. As group members move toward forgiveness and restored trust, relationships can grow in health and renewed joy.

GRIEVING WITH HOPE

If you’ve suffered the passing of a family member or friend, it may be difficult to feel optimistic about the future. This can be a frustrating, lonely time as you face concerns for which there are no easy answers. Grieving with Hope will help you work through these issues and move toward rebuilding hope. Videos featuring interviews with grief and recovery specialists, real life case studies and other helpful tools are followed by group discussion with time to share about what’s going on in your personal journey as you receive support from the group. Help is available for those dealing with grief and trauma during the pandemic.

what to expect

Living free groups are Biblically-based and present Jesus Christ as the ultimate source of healing. We believe that Jesus is our Higher Power to whom our lives must be surrendered to experience real freedom. The Bible, God’s written Word, is our guidebook for healing and recovery.

Each group provides a confidential, safe environment where people are free to openly share their struggles and victories as they develop healthy relationships with God, themselves, and others.

Group facilitators are Christ-following peers in a mutual relationship with others who are seeking freedom from the painful issues of past or present circumstances. As individuals fully participate in the group process, they can move from defeat and pain toward healing and wholeness.

Our Theme Verse: “The LORD’S Spirit has come to me because he has chosen me to tell the Good News to the poor. The LORD has sent me to announce freedom for prisoners, to give sight to the blind, to free everyone who suffers and to say, ‘this is the year the LORD has chosen.’’’ (Luke 4:18-19, CEV)

For confidential help getting connected to a group, email care@blackrock.org.
Our Theme Verse

The LORD’S Spirit has come to me because he has chosen me to tell the Good News to the poor. The LORD has sent me to announce freedom for prisoners, to give sight to the blind, to free everyone who suffers and to say, ‘this is the year the LORD has chosen.’

Luke 4:18-19, CEV

CONTACT

PASTOR GAYLORD LEMKE

CARE PASTOR

glemke@blackrock.org