BEYOND RECOVERY TO DISCIPLESHIP
Our goal at New Day is to facilitate the making of disciples of Jesus Christ. A disciple is a learner and follower of Jesus. This encompasses one's whole life from the inside out, changing one's perspectives and belief system as well as lifestyle.
When a person comes for healing and recovery, the discipleship goals are often difficult to define. In the resident's mind, stopping the negative behaviour is the major focus. While this is good, it is only a part of the whole. The Bible says that Jesus came to give us a new life, that we need to be born anew and that the old would pass away and the new would come. God's desire is not that He would fix our old ways that we can function better; He wants us to consider the old way as dead ad to live a completely new way according to His heart and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Stopping what is wrong is not enough. We need to learn and do what is right.
All of this takes time, more than we often think. A person going through healing and recovery often experiences some freedom and healing, then feels that they have really come a long way and leaves the program only to fall back into the old lifestyle, even though they do not want to. We would like to suggest that we expand our thinking beyond the initial "feeling better" time.