Join us for 10-week support group at Rehoboth Baptist Church, beginning February 12, 2020. Click here for more information.
We all experience challenging relationships with family or friends. The challenge is how to navigate these relationships in a way that demonstrates the love of Christ, loving them well and wisely. Our brokenness makes relationships difficult, but the gospel gives us practical steps forward and the power to change.
Some relationships include the challenging dynamics of substance abuse or mental health struggles. Other relationships are strained by the simple differences among people which everyone both experiences and contributes with what they bring to the party. Yet at either extreme, or somewhere in between, we find real help for all our relationships.
This 10-week class provides an interactive forum to learn and apply the wisdom of Scripture to our specific relationships. The format will include instructor teaching and small-group discussion and interaction. The instructor led, small-group interaction offers a confidential and non-judgmental opportunity to share your experiences and learn from the wisdom of others.
How will this group help me?
Relationships provide life's richest opportunities for meaning and enjoyment. You know by painful experience that in the context of relationships you experience some of life's deepest hurt and confusion. The default response to feeling hurt in relationship is to withdraw or move away, emotionally and maybe physically, from those we feel hurt by. Sometimes physical separation is necessary. But the general direction of grace in relationships is to move towards others. Participation in this group will give you a deep, biblical perspective of the purpose of relationships, why they sometimes go badly, and how to rebuild.
What we need in time of trial is God's grace. The problem is, even for Christians, this is counter intuitive. We look for self-help books or podcasts with 3 simple steps to avoid trials to begin with.
What is God up to in our trials? Author and speaker Paul Tripp often uses the term "rescuing grace". Although we have already been accepted in Christ, by grace, we still need rescuing from indwelling sin. Tripp explains, "The people that He has rescued, He will now restore to be what He has created them to be. Grace is not just rescue, grace is restoration, and that is powerfully presented to us in Exodus. And you and I need both aspects of that grace."
David and Lynn Bradford are leading this weekly support group focused on the topic of challenging relationships. David trained for counseling under Dr. Ed Welch, Dr. Paul Tripp and others at CCEF and Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA. The Bradford's work as full-time counselors at Find Hope Counseling.
The grace of God is the major difference between truly gospel-centered counseling and other approaches. As with most inner struggles, listening to others share their story will forge a sense of connection. This connection is an aspect of how God designed humans for community.
The Bible uses the Greek term koinonia which means a "close association involving mutual interests and sharing". Through the close association with other Christians in the context of mutual interest in the topic of fear and anxiety we grow in God's grace. Sharing together with other believers in the same manner of struggle how God intends for us to live as Christians.
"Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love." (Eph. 4:15-16)
What you can expect
- Brief presentation of relevant topic
- Safe, non-judgmental environment
- Experienced discussion facilitator
- Freedom to share or just listen
- Supportive atmosphere
- Practical ideas for difficult struggles
- Helpful resource information
- Personal validation of your pain and fear
- Sense that you are not alone in this struggle
- Complete confidentiality of information shared
- To learn from one another
What we ask
- Show honor and respect to all participants
- Be sensitive to dominating the discussion
- Do not attempt to “fix” others in the group
- Share your experiences
- What is said in the group stays in the group