FINDING FREEDOM IN CHRIST
A Church Created BY the Recovery Community FOR the Recovery Community
Mondays @ 6:30 PM
577 W Killian Rd, Columbia, SC 29203, USA
We begin the service with a welcome and greeting one another with a handshake, a high five, or a hug followed by announcements and offering of "surrender" crosses. We then move into a time of contemporary worship followed by a sermon or testimony. We usually end with one more song and then encourage people to hang around to meet others and get a sponsor/sponsee. The last Monday of every month is Anniversary Night. It is a time in which we celebrate lengths of sobriety by handing out crosses as a tangible reminder of the changes we have made in our lives.
After years of seeking peace, acceptance, and fulfillment alcohol and lots of other things, I found myself in a place of total despair. It was a place of helplessness and hopelessness and I didn't want to live anymore. Through a series of events, I cried out to God to help me or let me die. I wanted and expected the latter BUT GOD had other plans. I ended up in a treatment facility for a short time and started down the road to recovery in the rooms of AA. After a few years of working the steps, sponsoring men, and plenty of service work, something started to stir and I became restless. I had fully committed to this program of recovery and had had a "Spiritual awakening as the result of these steps"but I had not fully surrendered to the God who had delivered me from that hopeless state. When I fully surrendered and allowed the Lord to have His way with me, I began to experience a freedom that I'd never experienced before. One of my favorite definitions of recovery is to restore something to a state of usefulness. With this new freedom, came new purpose. For the last 15+ years God has allowed me to work with hundreds of folks in Christ-Centered recovery settings. To see the chains of addiction broken, Moms and Dads/Husbands and Wives/Sons and Daughters delivered from bondage and families restored is an amazing experience. And, for me, an incredible testimony of God's Grace in returning something that was useless to a state of usefulness. Further testament to His Grace is my amazing wife of 30+ years, Julie and my two beautiful adult daughters, Keli and Karis. "But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God." Acts 20:24