What is Overcomers?
Overcomers is a fantastic ministry aimed at helping people to overcome our hurts, sins, and struggles. This is a 12-step program that is totally Christ-centered, and each of the steps is based solidly in the Word of God. Overcomers focuses on a broad range of struggles, from obvious things like depression, anxiety, abuse recovery, eating disorders, drug or alcohol addiction and others, to more subtle issues like anger, co-dependency, lust, self-control, and more. Any of these battles can be overwhelming when we are fighting them alone. It is only through Christ that true healing can take place. By focusing on the Bible and building relationships with one another, we can find the encouragement, accountability, and Godly wisdom we need to overcome even the most difficult issues in our lives.
when and where is overcomers?
Every Tuesday night, right here at LMCC, 6290 State Route 7, New Waterford, OH, 44445. For directions, CLICK HERE.
Large Group starts at 6:30pm, Sharing Groups start at 7:15pm, and the Overcomers Cafe starts at 8:00.
You can keep up with week-to-week info by visiting our Facebook page.
who is Overcomers for?
Overcomers is for anyone who is struggling with a sin, an addiction, or a hurt in their lives. These things weigh us down, isolate us, and keep us from having the life Christ wants us to have. Here is a list of some of the issues that might bring someone to Overcomers.
List of Possible Hurts and Struggles:
- Fear of Abandonment
- Abuse Recovery
- Alcohol/Drug Addictions
- Chemical Dependency
- Compulsive Shopping
- Control Issues
- Divorce Recovery
- Domestic Violence
- Eating Disorders
- Financial Issues
- Gambling Addiction
- Honesty Issues
- Hurtful relationships
- Narcissistic Behaviors
- Obsessive Compulsiveness
- Fear of Rejection
- Relational Addictions
- Self-esteem Issues
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Addiction
What to expect
Overcomers is a relaxed, safe place to come and work on your recovery. Come as you are and know that you won't be judged; everyone here is on their own recovery journey. We start with Large Group at 6:30pm, which includes singing a few worship songs together, hearing a lesson or testimonial, and then finishing with our chip ceremony to celebrate our milestones in recovery. We move on to Sharing Groups at 7:15pm. There are separate groups for men and women. These groups give us a chance to share how the lesson or testimony affected us, and to share our victories and struggles in recovery. Finally, we move to the Overcomers Cafe, which is a time to enjoy some refreshments, build friendships, and find an accountability partner.
Confidentiality is very important! We are sharing personal struggles with one another in a small-group setting, where we can build trust and feel safe to share what we are struggling with. What is said in the group stays in the group!
8 recovery principles
Realize I’m not God; I admit that I cannot forgive my own sins, heal my own hurts, or overcome my struggles alone. “Happy are those who know that they are spiritually poor.” Matthew 5:3a
Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover. “Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. “Happy are the meek.” Matthew 5:5a
Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. “Happy are the pure in heart.” Matthew 5:8a
Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to help me overcome my character defects. “Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires” Matthew 5:6a
Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others. “Happy are the merciful.” Matt 5:7a; “Happy are the peacemakers” Matt 5:9
Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.
Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words. “Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.” Matthew 5:10
1. We admitted we could not forgive our own sins, heal our own hurts, or overcome our struggles alone. Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ...without hope and without God in the world. Ephesians 2:12
2. We came to believe that the power of Jesus Christ could restore us, and bring us forgiveness, healing, and hope. For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:13
3. We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God. We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:4
4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Lamentations 3:40
5. We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. James 5:16a
6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10
7. We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31
9. We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:23-24
10. We continue to take personal inventory and when we are wrong, promptly admit it. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall! 1 Corinthians 10:12
11. We seek through prayer and Bible study to grow in our relationship with God, learning about His will for our lives, and praying always for the strength to carry that out. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. Colossians 3:16a
12. Growing in our recovery as a result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs. Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore them gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Galatians 6:1