Christ-Centered Recovery


Perspectives on Exchanged Life Recovery Ministry

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The “Exchanged Life” is one of the titles of the Galatians 2:20 paradigm of Christian life and ministry: “I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (See the testimony of the great pioneer missionary to China, Hudson Taylor.)

Spiritual Roots of the “Recovery” movement:

“The spiritual lineage of the modern recovery movement goes back even before the founding of Alcoholics Anonymous in the mid-1930’s. Alcoholics Anonymous was actually build on the foundation of a Christian revival movement called the Oxford Group. 

And the Oxford Group – which was originally called “A First Century Christian Fellowship” – had its roots in the intensely committed community, fellowship, and discipleship practiced in the New Testament church.

The church of Acts, the Oxford Group, and Alcoholics Anonymous all have one core objective in common: They are all earnestly committed to taking a healing message of liberation to people who are trapped in hopelessness and despair.

One of the most formative influences on Alcoholics Anonymous was Dr. Frank Buchman, a Lutheran minister and founder of the Oxford Group. During the 1908 Keswick Convention in England, Buchman had a spiritual experience in which he felt God melting away his feelings of resentment toward some people who had seriously offended him and damaged his reputation.

In that experience, he realized that his resentful feelings had distanced him from God and His unconditional love. Spiritually transformed, he committed himself to a life of surrender to God, building accountable relationships with other believers  and making amends for sins and wrongs against others.”

    -Bob and Shelley Jakobsen, 12 Steps and The Bible

How appropriate, therefore, that we return to a Christ-centered deeper life Answer to the chronic habitual sin problems of our generation!

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biblical recovery ministry model.

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Compiled by John Woodward

Grace Fellowship International