Touché October 9, 2015
Posted on October 9, 2015 by under Touché,

AA-HRC-Ministry Together

You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.  (Matthew 5:3-The Message)

We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol-that our lives had become unmanageable.  (Step 1 of the Twelve Steps)

On Monday night I will speak at the anniversary of Hopewell’s AA group.  I will share what I have always said- that we are partners in ministry together.  Our building is packed Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday nights with alcoholics that come for healing.  We are also seeing many who meet in the fellowship hall on one of those evenings making their way into the sanctuary on Sunday morning.

This is exciting because there are so many lessons that we can learn from each other.  The “Big Book” that AA uses is basically drawn from the Bible and to a large degree from Jesus’ teachings on the Sermon on the Mount.  If you are familiar with the Twelve Steps and have been listening on Sunday morning you know that I have been making a connection between the Beatitudes and the teaching of the recovery movement.  Life’s Healing Choices (the title of sermons from this section of the Beatitudes) comes from the Celebrate Recovery movement out of Saddleback Church in California.

AA starts with the reality that we are powerless over our addictions and we need to turn our lives over to a higher power.  Christianity starts with the reality that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God and we  need to turn out lives over to the Lordship of Christ.  I have learned so much by spending time in the fellowship hall with folks in recovery, and I am excited as some of those folks share their learnings from AA as they bring them into their relationship with Jesus and his church.

Last week I talked about the shift in our community from an IBM culture of young families moving into our community and starting their journey up the IBM ladder. This week I recognize that some of the places emptied by IBM moves will be filled by people moving from the fellowship hall to the sanctuary.  Our parking lot may be filled by people from AA and our fellowship hall floor may get scuffed up, but the truth is, we are in this ministry together.(And we thank AA for donating half the cost of getting those floors refinished!)  It is our people, or more accurately, God’s people, that are scuffing those floors and filling those parking places.  May we continue to pray for more of those people to find hope in our sanctuary as well.

Together in Ministry,