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Overcomers Outreach
Bridging the Gap Between 12 Step Groups
and Churches of all Denominations

Sharing

 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Ephesians 2:10
From the Director – Whenever we share our experiences we are sharing our lives with others, as God would have us do. We share hope, faith, and love. In recovery we meet to carry a message because "the therapeutic value of one addict helping another is without parallel." and "the ex-problem drinker who has found this solution, who is properly armed with facts about himself, can generally win the entire confidence of another alcoholic in a few hours". One-on-one, we share our past, and as a group, we share the present. At times, we may share our faith and others may find hope. We all share the task of helping others.
In our walk with Christ we are sharing God as we share His love with all those near us, in every way He has prepared. This is our life abundant in Jesus Christ, Lord, Savior, and Redeemer. I take great comfort in the faith that God has prepared a path for us, and He has created us for that path, all to lead us to share eternity in His Glory.

Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.
Luke 6:38

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2020 OO World Conference
Feb 28, 29 2020
Grace Fellowship Genesis
1405 Seven Valleys Rd., York, PA
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Tradition Five
“The primary purpose of each group is to serve as a Bridge between traditional 12 Step groups and the church. We carry the message of Christ’s delivering power to individuals and family members both within and without the church who still suffer.”
 
 Sharing - we express God's Love by sharing our lives in and outside of the church. 
An OO group serves as a way to Jesus Christ for suffering individuals, whether they are in church seeking His healing power, or in 12 step groups seeking His healing power. The group offers the same message to all, namely deliverance through Christ, and carries that message to congregations and other groups alike.
            Our primary purpose is the most important thing the group does. It is the reason the group exists. Our united effort as a group, under God’s direction, causes the group to carry the message of Christ’s delivering power through different individuals within the group. By providing a safe place to share and welcoming all who want recovery, along with a familiar meeting format and setting, the group serves as a connection between the 12 step rooms and church congregations. We have a common responsibility to carry the message to those still suffering. As individuals, we have a part in everything that goes on in and outside of the group. We carry our message by practicing the 12th Step. The message is for all of us, regardless of length of abstinence.
 
Consider these questions:
  • Do I really understand that my troubles are of my own making?
  • Do I really understand that I have a part in everything and that whenever I am upset, there is something wrong with me?
  • Do we express God’s love in our relationships?
  • How important is liking myself to my relationships?
  • Do I have or need self-esteem, self-respect?
  • Am I a patient and uncritical listener?
  • Can I see others through God’s eyes or hear others through God’s ears?

 
The group serves as a bridge and carries the message at the location of the meeting, while the individual carries the message by example.  We share our experience, strength and hope at other groups while always respecting the traditions of that group. Our actions express His love more than our words ever could, and reflect our integrity as well. When we freely share our lives outside of our group with integrity and responsibility, we share God’s love with those still suffering and offer the message of Christ’s delivering power.
 
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!"                           

 Romans 10:14-15

 
Bridge of Believers …
We seek the Lord’s strength and guidance to conquer division. Overcomers Outreach groups provide a bridge to bring people together from 12 step groups, church congregations, and other recovery groups. Just as we are to “put on the full armor of God” individually and stand firm, we gather in groups to unify people at the foot of the Cross, where we worship and thank our Lord for our freedom from past bondage, and to serve Him by serving others. The “front lines” of our battle are right across the street or even in the next room. We do not stand alone. United and clothed in His armor, we make up the bridge to freedom in Christ that so many seek. Let’s thank God!

Father God, we come to your Throne of Grace to thank you for our freedom in you through your Son, Jesus Christ. Open our hearts and arms to receive those you send us in the same love you have shown to us, so that we may walk together in your glorious kingdom, forever and ever.
Amen
 
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