Regeneration

Recovery in Christ

Discover Freedom The Re:gen Difference
12 Steps of Re:gen FAQs

About Re:gen

We all experience brokenness in life. At re:generation, we believe that anyone can experience new life and freedom by working through steps of healing given to us by God through the Bible. All who are tired, broken or hurting are invited to come find recovery in Jesus Christ.

Re:generation is 12-step discipleship through recovery. By working through these biblical steps within an authentic community, people have found freedom from substance abuse, codependency, pornography, eating disorders, depression, fear, control, emotional/physical abuse, same sex attraction, anger, obsessive thoughts and many other personal struggles.

We know that not everyone who comes to re:generation will enter understanding the Bible or believing in the God of the Bible. Re:generation is a safe place for anyone to honestly process questions and doubts. Our prayer is that you will find the same peace that we have found.

God loves you. He wants to heal you and has a plan for you. All are welcome.

For more information, contact us at regen@firsthurst.com or check out regenerationrecovery.org.

We meet on Monday evenings (beginning, October 16, 2017) from 6:30-8:30pm at the Norwood Campus of First Baptist Hurst.

Discover Freedom Today!

If you are reading this, it’s because you know that you need freedom from something…some addiction, unhealthy habit or pain. The truth is that these things are a result of people trying to fill God-given needs with worldly solutions. God created you to be in a relationship with Him. Only God’s eternal love can provide the satisfaction your soul needs. So, how do you begin the relationship with God that you were created to experience?

First, you must understand God’s nature. God is perfectly good (holy); therefore, He must absolutely judge and punish every sin (our wrongs) perfectly. There is no amount of good works that will cancel, balance-out or remove our sin because every sin is judged by a perfect standard. And, we have all sinned—no one is perfect. Just as our sin harms human relationships, sin separates us from a holy God. If we die separated from God because of sin, we will be separated from Him and His goodness forever. (Isaiah 6:3, Romans 3:23, Hebrews 9:27, Romans 6:23)

Thankfully, God loves you. He does not want anyone to die separated from Him. To bridge the separation caused by sin, God did something great—He pursued you. The Father sent His only Son to become a man in order to remove the debt of your sin. Jesus was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, was crucified for the sins of the world and then rose from the dead. Christ became human to die for you, in your place!! (2 Peter 3:9, Romans 5:8, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 2:2)

Jesus offers His perfect payment for sins to you as a gift. You can receive this gift by trusting in Christ alone for the forgiveness of your sins, confessing Him as Lord and believing in your heart that He rose from the dead. When you trust in Jesus, you will be saved from the penalty of your sins and begin the relationship with God that He intends. (Ephesians 2:8-9, John 1:12-13, Romans 10:9-10, Romans 8:1-4)

Here is how…when you trust in Christ, God gives you a new Spirit, the Holy Spirit, to live in you and transform you from the inside out. The Spirit changes your desires to align with God’s desires. He gives strength to resist temptation and peace through hardship. He gives joy. He begins healing you from bitterness and pain. The Spirit is the new life in you who leads you in God’s ways so that you can experience freedom. (John 14:16-17, 2 Corinthians 3:17-18, John 16:7, Galatians 5:22, Galatians 5:16)

This new life in a relationship with God is available to you today. If you believe the good news of Jesus Christ above, you can pray this prayer and receive Christ now:

"Lord Jesus Christ, I am a sinner in need of a savior. I believe that you died for MY sins and that you rose from the dead. Save me from my sins and make me new—to live for you. I receive your forgiveness and give you my life. Please be my Savior and Lord. Thank you for cleansing me from sin and adopting me as your child with the Holy Spirit. I am yours. Lead me today and forever.”

If you prayed this prayer and gave your life to Jesus, you are now a Christian. You have crossed over from death to eternal life. Now, respond to Christ's gift of salvation by taking steps to grow in your relationship with God.

Share your decision with us at regen@firsthurst.com.

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The Re:gen Difference

The list below outlines key characteristics that make re:generation different from other recovery programs.  If you would like to learn more, contact us at regen@firsthurst.com.

Discipleship focus

Full devotion to Christ is our mission.  Heart change is more important than behavior modification.  “Sobriety” from addiction is not the destination, it is a road-marker along way in our journey with Christ.  True freedom comes from a daily intimate relationship with Christ.

Curriculum Designed To Teach The Essentials Of Living A Spiritually Healthy Life

Built around the 12 Steps of Re:generation (which outline the biblical transformation process for all), participants learn how to identify idols, develop repentance plans, practice forgiveness, amends and reconciliation for the purpose of making peace, and handle conflict biblically. They learn how to practice spiritual disciplines to grow in a relationship with Christ.  They also discover how God has uniquely designed them and plan how they can use these gifts to live out God's purpose for life.

Daily lessons

Because freedom comes from a relationship with Christ, we offer daily curriculum throughout re:generation.  We give participants the opportunity to connect with God daily to learn about him and work on personal recovery.

Scripture Memory & Daily Prayer

Talking with God and memorizing his Word for the purpose of transformation is an integral part of daily curriculum.

Bound Together By Our Need For God, Not Identified By Struggles

Small groups are only separated by male and female, not by struggle.  Sinful patterns are symptoms of a worship issue (idolatry).  Mixed-issue groups help focus recovery on the heart rather than on behavior and help expose the lie no one can understand our personal struggle or pain.

Integration / Participation In The Church

Isolating from the church or within the church is unhealthy.  Isolation grows addiction, brokenness and sinful patterns.  We encourage participants to join church membership, find mentors in the church and serve in various ministries at a church home.

Continuous One-night Ministry Model

Participants may join re:generation on any given week.  A one-night ministry model allows for interaction of participants at different stages of recovery, increased leadership recruitment, improved leader development, and ministry training.

Real-time Leadership Training

We provide extensive leader training when new groups launch, key training at critical stages of recovery (inventory), along with weekly videos and leader guides for each week of curriculum.

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The 12 Steps Of Re:generation

Steps 1-3: Salvation

Step 1, Admit: We admit we are powerless over our addictions, brokenness and sinful patterns–-that in our own power our lives are unmanageable.

Key Concepts: Sinful human nature, The Fall of humankind and sin's effect on the world, personal guilt and shame, Romans 7:18

Step 2, Believe: We come to believe that God is the one whose power can fully restore us.

Key Concepts: The nature of God (holy, all-knowing, all-powerful, loving, just), The nature of God's Word, personal belief and doubts, Psalm 103:2-5

Step 3, Trust: We decide to trust God with our lives and wills by accepting his grace through Jesus Christ.

Key Concepts: God's dilemma and solution, the nature of Jesus Christ, salvation by grace through faith, Ephesians 2:4-5

Steps 4-6: Dying To Sinful Nature

Step 4, Inventory: We make a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Key Concepts: Understanding God's standard, recognizing personal sin, sin patterns and idols, Psalm 51:6

Step 5, Confess: We confess to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our sins.

Key Concepts: Agreeing with God about sin and its harm, living in the light, 1 John 1:7-9

Step 6, Repent: We become entirely ready to turn away from our patterns of sin and turn to God.

Key Concepts: Turning from sin to face Christ, a changed heart and mind leads to changes in daily living, setting a new course, 2 Timothy 2:22

Steps 7-9: Follow Christ, Love Others

Step 7, Follow: We humbly ask God’s Spirit to change our hearts and minds in order to follow Christ fully.

Key Concepts: The Trinity, The Holy Spirit's role, finding identity in Christ, Galatians 5:22-25

Step 8, Forgive: We forgive those who have harmed us and become willing to make amends to those we have harmed.

Key Concepts: Understanding biblical forgiveness, transfer debts we are owed by others to God for justice, Ephesians 4:32

Step 9, Amends: We make direct amends whenever possible, submitting to God, his Word and biblical counsel.

Key Concepts: Understanding biblical amends, repairing the damage of our sins against others without excuse or expectation, Romans 12:17-18

Steps 10-12: Daily Discipline, Intimacy With God, The Great Commission

Step 10, Continue: We continue to take personal inventory and when we sin promptly confess and turn to walk with Christ.

Key Concepts: Daily discipline of recovery, guarding your heart from sin, keeping short accounts with God and others, Psalm 139:23-34

Step 11, Intimacy: We seek to deepen our relationship with God daily and depend on his power to do his will.

Key Concepts: Intimacy with God brings true freedom, spiritual disciplines to grow in your relationship with Christ, personally gifted for God's glory, John 17:3

Step 12, Regenerate: Experiencing regeneration in Christ, we carry God’s message of reconciliation to others and practice these biblical principles in every aspect of our lives.

Key Concepts: Make disciples, knowing and sharing the gospel, biblical conflict resolution and reconciliation, 2 Corinthians 5:17-18

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does re:generation work?

Re:generation is a biblical 12-step process structured within the context of small groups. Your first couple of months will be spent in either a newcomers group (first week) or a groundwork group. Once you have completed the groundwork curriculum, demonstrated a willingness to participate and decided that you want to move forward, you will be placed into a step-group to go through the 12 steps. Step-groups have a set number of participants and leaders.  Once a step-group is launched, no new members will be added. For the next 8 to 10 months you will progress through the steps using daily curriculum along with other step-group members.

How long does it take?

The entire re:generation process takes about a year; newcomers and groundwork groups take about 2 months, step-groups take 8 to 10 months. The groundwork curriculum lessons take about 10 minutes per day while step-group curriculum takes about 30 minutes per day. 30 minutes a day with God for one year working on your recovery will change your life.

How much does it cost?

There is no charge to attend re:generation. Once you decide to start the curriculum, you will need to purchase books at different stages of the ministry (about every six weeks). There are a total of six books. Costs can vary slightly at locations. Most of the books run between $10-$15, except for the Inventory Workbook which accompanies Step 4-6 and costs about half the price of the other books. Total cost is between $55-$75 for a year of curriculum with costs spread out through the year.

What is the flow of a re:generation meeting?

Re:generation meetings may vary from week to week. However, we usually begin the meeting with all leaders and participants gathered together during the first 45 minutes to worship and hear a testimony or teaching. The large gathering will then break into smaller groups for the remainder of the time: newcomers groups, groundwork groups and step-groups all meet separately for the next hour and 15 minutes. All together, the gathering lasts about 2 hours.

Is childcare available?

We do provide childcare for leaders and participants by reservation only.  Email regen@firsthurst.com for more information.

Can I come if I don't have a chemical addiction?

Yes! Re:generation is for everyone. God's steps of healing can free you from any addiction, struggle or hurt. Many people come in order to discover the source of their pain. You will always be welcome regardless of the struggle.

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