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

Serving God by Serving Others

He must increase, but I must decrease.

John 3:30

From the Director – At the end of the year we often reflect on days past while looking ahead to the new year. We consider what was gained, what was lost, the "good" times, and the painful times. We also consider what we might do better - stop a destructive or harmful behavior, improve skills, lose weight, work out, etc. In our step study we have discovered tools that are useful to deal with the past and have a better future. Most of all, we have found a way to draw near to God through unselfish service to others.
When we strive for unselfishness, we are removed from our fears of what others might think of us, our reputations, or our feelings by thinking of others instead of ourselves. In freely giving of ourselves we walk in the truth of God’s pure love for all of us. We are blessed in ever growing measure by His grace.

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

 2 Corinthians 5:20

We are helped on our long journey to unselfishness by our great mission of understanding, which includes more than just doing for others. We must be unselfish even in our pursuits of self-preservation. This includes all that we do, since much of our help to others comes through our own example.

Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

Luke 9:23-24

What Some Overcomers are Doing:
Watchnight Warfare Service, December 31st, 10:30pm, 850 S. Pine St., York, PA - Flyer

2019 OO World Convention, January 25-26, 2019, Cedar Hill Church of Christ, Cedar Hill, TX - details coming soon
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Step 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
“Quietly trust yourself to Christ your Lord and if anybody asks why you believe as you do, be ready to tell him, and do it in a gentle and respectful way.”                                  

1 Peter 3:15

Spiritual - relating to the soul or spirit, usually in contrast to material things
Awakening - a sudden recognition or realization of something
Principles - important underlying law or assumption required in a system of thought
Affairs - personal responsibilities or business

Those problems that brought us to the beginning of this journey have lost their power over us. We sense a freedom we may never have known before.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect  the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18

Our eyes and hearts have been opened to some simple yet powerful truths:

  • We must forgive
  • We are forgiven
  • God provides everything we need here and now
  • We have a real and personal relationship with Christ
  • Through His love for us do we learn how to love others

We look back on the pain and fear we have come through and see that having “been there” ourselves now equips us to help others in a way no others could.
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free”   

John 8:32

He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" 

Revelation 21:5

We are reborn! Every day is a new opportunity to glorify God in all we do. If we fall short, we have a 10th step inventory process to recognize our mistakes and promptly set them right. And every day is a new opportunity to come to God and seek to serve Him. We do this through prayer and meditation, ever growing in our relationship with Him. Like changing water into wine, our past problems have become strong assets as we reach out to help others suffering as we once did – a true miracle! With our newly acquired spiritual “tools” (the principles of the 12 Steps) we continue to grow in usefulness, wisdom, and understanding. We think of what we may bring to an occasion rather than what we might get from it, and we focus on helping others, as God has commanded us to do. We are not limited to our own little groups, or the church, or our homes. We practice these principles in all our affairs, advancing the Kingdom wherever we go as we are led by His Spirit. We humbly preach the gospel of love by our actions, using words only as necessary or when asked. Then he said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.

Luke 9:23-24

We practice this new way of living every day in obedience and gratitude. We meet with others to share our greatest gifts – God’s love for us and our love for Him – and to be there to offer our experience, strength and hope to others who may be suffering. We give freely of ourselves and that which has been given us, so we may serve as channels of His peace.

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.

 John 16:33

 
A Prayer of Thanks and Change
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 
2 Corinthians 9:12
The Creator of heaven and earth loves you. He loves you so much that He came to earth, born of a woman, in humble setting, and for one purpose – that you could know His love! Once we meet Him, our hearts and minds are changed forever, just as life on earth was changed forever on that day, the day our Savior was born. Moreover, hearts continue to change, as His love is shared in us and through us.
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”
Rev. 21:5
Let’s pray:
Lord, we thank you for hearing our prayers and making us new. We praise you for the beauty of this life in which You direct us. As You bless us with each new moment, may we serve your children in love, without fear, as You would have us do. May we walk in obedience to your statutes, and rejoice in the knowledge of your providence through Your Grace, all to Your Glory, forever. In Jesus name we pray.
Amen 
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