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B r eaking the Chains Seminar The Biblical Provisions for Addiction Supplement to DVD’s True & Lasting Freedom in Christ Student Workbook Th e SESSION 6 Freedom from ADDICTION Th e THOUGHT LIFE How to Defeat TEMPTATION Walking by the SPIRIT Sancti cation and the Command to SERVE SESSION 1 SESSION 2 SESSION 3 SESSION 4 SESSION 5 EFFECTIVE Scripture Memory, Assignments, Exercises, Quizzes, Accountability, Intensive, Emphatically Biblical What is ADDICTION?

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    Breaking the Chains SeminarThe Biblical Provisions for Addictionupplement to DVDs

    True & Lasting Freedom in Christ

    StudentWorkbook

    The

    SESSION 6

    Freedom from

    ADDICTION

    TheTHOUGHTLIFE

    How to Defeat

    TEMPTATION

    Walking by the

    SPIRIT

    Sanctication andthe Command to

    SERVE

    SESSION 1

    SESSION 2

    SESSION 3

    SESSION 4

    SESSION 5

    EFFECTIVE

    Scripture Memory,

    Assignments, Exercises,

    Quizzes, Accountability,

    Intensive, Emphatically Biblical

    What is

    ADDICTION?

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    True & Lasting Freedom in Christ

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    Freedom from

    ADDICTION

    TheTHOUGHTLIFE

    How to Defeat

    TEMPTATION

    Walking by the

    SPIRIT

    Sanctication &the Command to

    SERVE

    ALL SIXSeminar Sessions

    SESSION 1

    SESSION 2

    SESSION 3

    SESSION 4

    SESSION 5

    EFFECTIVE

    Scripture memory,

    Assignments, Exercises,

    Quizzes, Accountability,

    Intensive, Emphatically Biblical

    FEATURES

    What is

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    Introduction

    Is freedom from addiction possible? Not abstinenceFreedom.

    You bet it isas long as you follow Gods biblical

    blueprint for living free in Christ.

    You are about to experience an addictions curriculumunlike any other. This will be an exciting adventure oflearning, challenge, and life-transformation.

    Youll discover the Scriptural perspective on addictionand you will learn the emphatically biblical principlesthat result in true and lasting freedom.

    This is an intensive and rigorous curriculum you areundertaking. It is essential that you follow the seminarexactly as the instructions explain.

    Ready to go? Great!

    Thank you for choosing TheProvision House Breakingthe Chains Seminar on DVD.

    You wont regret it.

    Executive Director

    Paul Stark

    2012 by Paul Stark & Provision

    House

    All rights reserved.Printed in USA.

    Publication

    The Breaking the Chains Seminaron DVD and related products arepublished by Provision House

    Product Inquiries

    PO Box 78512Charlotte, NC [email protected]

    www.provisionhouse.org

    Reproduction

    No part of The Breaking the ChainsSeminar on DVD, including thispublication, its related DVDs,or any other related products,whether video, audio, or print, maybe reproduced, stored in a retrievalsystem, or transmitted in anyform or by any meanselectronic,mechanical, photocopy, recording,or otherwiseexcept for brief

    quotations in printed or onlinereviews, without prior writtenpermission from Paul Stark andProvision House.

    Scripture Quotations

    Unless otherwise noted, Scripturequotations in this publication arefrom the New American StandardBible 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968,1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995by The Lockman Foundation. Used

    by permission. (www.lockman.org)

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    SEMINAR OVERVIEWThe Scope, Sequence and Summaryor each Session10

    APPENDIX A & BYour Identity in Christ and The 20

    Cans o Success

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    INSTRUCTIONSEverything you need to know tosuccessully complete the seminar12

    ROAD MAPMaintain your reedom in Christ byknowing where youre going64

    CONTENTS

    Our Approach.....................................................6

    The Provision House Philosophy Explained

    Your Instructor ...................................................9Meet Paul Stark

    Seminar Overview and Schedule ............ 10The Scope, Sequence, and Summary or Each Session

    Instructions ..........................................................12Everything You Need to Know to Ensure Success

    Session One.........................................................15What is Addiction?

    Session Two ........................................................23Freedom rom Addiction

    Session Three .....................................................31The Thought Lie

    Session Four ........................................................39How to Deeat Temptation

    Session Five .........................................................47Walking by the Spirit

    Session Six ............................................................55Sanctifcation and the Command to Serve

    Appendix A .......................................................... 62Who I am in Christ

    Appendix B ...........................................................63The 20 Cans o Success

    Road Map ..............................................................64Planning Your Lies Journey or a Free and Productive

    Lie in Christ

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    The approach to addictions has changed

    dramatically over the past twenty-two years.

    The publication of Dr. Herbert Fingarettesbook,Heavy Drinking: The Myth of Alcoholism

    as a Diseasechanged everything (University of

    California Press, 1982). [N]o leading research

    authorities accept the classic disease concept . . .

    [and] No one in the debate is seeking to resurrect

    the classic disease concept (Fingarette 1988, pp. 3,

    22). Despite this, Almost everything the American

    public believes to be the scientific truth about

    addiction is false (Fingarette 1988, 1).

    Tough words for those indoctrinated in the

    disease concept. But the fact remains, the disease

    concept is an utterly discredited theory of addiction

    (except among those who are part of the multi-

    billion dollar recovery industry). Since Fingarette,

    dozens of books and innumerable studies have been

    published echoing the same factual conclusion.

    Professors, researchers, scholars, authors,

    and even residential and non-residential recovery

    centers have adopted other philosophical

    approaches to resolving addictions, but there is no

    consensus among them as to what addiction is or

    how to address it. The church has been particularly

    slow in realizing that there are much better options

    than the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.

    Worse yet, the church has been virtually silent in

    the discussion, offering no emphatically biblical

    understanding of addiction. Hence, even the churchand Christian recovery ministries cannot agree

    on what addiction is. Some scholarly study and

    research is called for in an attempt to arrive at a

    unified definition of addiction and, therefore, the

    approach that should be taken in helping believers

    find true and lasting freedom in Christ. Thats what

    we are trying to accomplish at Provision House.

    We believe that addiction is a spiritual

    stronghold within which sin predominates. Two of

    the effects of sin are that it enslaves (John 8:34)

    [A] biblical approach to addictions must teach spiritual truth and disciplines. Instruction and life-on-life

    discipleship about how to do spiritual battle and fight the good fight for faith and obedience. This should

    include practical biblical teaching on sanctification and important concepts like putting off/putting on andrenewing the mind. The [addicted person] must understand sin and sanctification.

    Seminary Professor Sam William, Ph.D.

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    and controls (Romans 6:12). We assert that failure to recognize

    the fact that all addictions are also sin is to fail to consider

    the enslaving and controlling effects of sin. To fail to consider

    the enslaving and controlling effects of sin is to attempt to

    accomplish redemption, conversion, and sanctification apart from

    Jesus Christ. Redemption in the sense of liberating someone

    from enslavement. Conversion in the sense of changing ones

    direction and orientation in life. And sanctification in the sense

    of a progressive change in ones behavior. Every approach to

    addiction attempts to get a person out of their addictive behavior (redemption), get them headed in a new direction

    (conversion), and engaged in a continual process of change and growth (sanctification). These are noble intentions

    to be sure, but extremely difficult to accomplish apart from a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.

    The pathways to addiction are as numerous, varied, and complex as the addicted individuals themselves.

    To attempt to eradicate addictive behavior by resolving issues of the past rarely succeeds. There need be no

    reason for an addiction to have developed other than

    a person simply made one or more bad decisions. In

    fact, attempting to resolve relational issues, financial

    issues, emotional issues, or other circumstantial

    issues before ceasing the addictive behavior is likely

    to fail--the addiction sabotages these efforts nearly

    every time. Once the addiction is gone, a person then

    has the capacity to deal with any residual issues that

    need to be addressed.

    We encourage you to review this website and its resources and see if you agree with us that programs dont

    set you free, mental health experts dont set you free, even ministries dont set you free. Jesus Christ sets you

    free. We will continue to work very hard to not only help Christians find true and lasting freedom from addiction in

    Christ, but to help the church begin to understand addictions from an emphatically biblical perspective.

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    Paul,

    an

    ordained

    minister,

    is founder

    and executive

    director of

    Provision House,

    and has been involved

    in addictions ministry

    since 1998. His approach

    to addictions started as

    research for a seminary thesis

    entitled,The Biblical Provisions

    for Addiction, and an irresistible call

    upon his life to fulfill this ministry.

    He has conducted numerous Breaking the

    Chainsseminars and workshops at churches

    and regional Christian conferences, and has

    applied the principles in several residential

    recovery ministries.

    He also has an undergraduate degree in business and

    has attended two ATS accredited seminaries. He was

    Northeast Regional Manager for Gospel Light Publications,

    an international, non-denominational Christian education and

    book publishing organization. He also co-founded TechniscanCorporation in New Jersey.

    Paul continues study and research for the purpose of further

    developing a biblical theology of addictions. He is also encouraging

    churches to consider addictions from a theological perspective and not

    merely medical, psychological, or sociological perspectives.

    He and his wife Rosangela live in the Charlotte, North Carolina area. Their

    daughter, son-in-law, and grandson live in Florida.

    Our approach to helping

    Christians nd true

    and lasting freedom

    from addiction is

    neither medical,

    psychological, nor

    sociological. It is

    theological.

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    SEMINAROverview and ScheduleTeaching the Biblical Provisions for Addiction

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    How you define addictiondetermines the approachyou will take in seeking

    freedom. This emphatically

    biblical approach represents an

    exposition of relevant scripturesresulting in the inevitable

    conclusion that addiction is a

    spiritual stronghold due to the

    enslaving and controlling effects

    of habitual sin. A brief survey

    of the numerous competing

    definitions of addiction is

    covered. The more like Christ

    we are, the more power we have

    over temptation and sin. Hence,

    Christlikeness is the goal for

    every student. Proverbs 5:22,

    John 8:34, Romans 6:12, 16, 8:29,

    2 Peter 2:19, Matt 5:6, Acts 8:23.

    This session is primarilyan explication of theRomans 6 theology that

    the believer is free from the

    controlling power of sin. The

    nature and effects of sin arecovered. Students learn that

    they are notpowerless over

    sin. Rather, sin has been

    made powerless over them.

    This passage demonstrates

    that it is well within the

    ability of the believer to stop

    any addictive behavior. This

    teaching is prerequisite to

    breaking free from addiction.Students who apprehend this

    truth are well on their way

    to true and lasting freedom

    from addiction. John 8:32,

    Romans 6:1-8:2, Galatians

    5:1, 13, 2 Corinthians 5:17.

    Do you want to change?

    Do you want to change

    biblically? If so, what is

    the biblical prescription

    for change? The biblical

    prescription for change is therenewing of the mind, but

    how is that accomplished?

    Further, what does it mean

    to take a thought captive

    and how is that done?

    These topics and others are

    answered in this session. The

    Think-Feel-Act progression

    is explained. Romans 12:2,

    13:14, 2 Corinthians 2:11,10:3-5, Ephesians 4:27, 1

    Chronicles 21:1, Acts 5:1-5, 1

    Kings 22:21-22, Philippians

    4:8, Colossians 3:2, Proverbs

    23:7.

    Session 1 Session 2 Session 3

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    The scope, sequence,and summary for eachseminar session

    Programs dont set you free. Jesus sets you free.

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    Behind all sin liestemptation. Many failin their battle against sin

    because they attempt to

    eradicate the sin rather than

    respond biblically to thetemptation. Some Christians

    are looking for a way to avoid

    or escape temptation.

    Others are attempting to

    resist it. Neither of these

    responses is the biblical

    teaching on how to deal with

    temptation. This session

    is a deep and thorough

    discussion of temptation,its characteristics, and

    the biblical instruction

    for responding to it. 1

    Corinthians 10:13, James

    1:2-4, 14-15, 1 Peter 1:6, 4:1,

    12-13.

    There is a differencebetween breakingfree and remaining free

    from addiction. Walking

    by the Spirit is the key to

    remaining free, and is moreabout personal activity

    than personal spirituality.

    Scripture teaches that

    freedom is to be acted upon

    to ensure continuing spiritual

    formation. We are not to pour

    all our energy into resisting

    temptation. Rather, we are

    to use our time engaged in

    activities that contribute tospiritual growth. How we

    occupy our time determines

    if we will live in freedom.

    Galatians 5:16, Ephesians

    5:15-18, Col. 3:1-2, 1 Peter

    2:16.

    The reason that Christiansrelapse is because theydry up spiritually. But actively

    serving God precludes a stale

    and impotent Christian life.

    Sanctification is incompletewithout the essential

    component of service. None

    of us become what God

    created us to be without

    doing what He created us to

    do. We are created and saved

    to serve. Unless and until you

    discover and live out what it

    is that God put you here for,

    you will never find purpose,meaning, and fulfillment

    in life--you will always be

    frustrated. Galatians 5:13,

    John 15:1-17, Romans 6:19,

    Ephesians 2:10, 4:11-16, Titus

    2:14, James 2:22.

    Session 4 Session 5 Session 6

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    Instructions1. Student Advisor or Group LeaderEach student is strongly urged to enlist the help o an advisor whose primary purpose is to encourage

    you throughout the seminar. While this role may be flled by a group leader [i the seminar is being taken

    in a group setting], we recommend an individual advisor or each student. This will ensure adequate

    time or requent discussion and support during the seminar and continued availability o the advisor

    (encourager) ollowing your successul completion o the seminar.

    The advisor should be someone you know well, trust to keep your issue(s) confdential, not a relative,

    and o the same gender. Your advisor is urged to download the ree Student Advisors Manual rom

    the Provision House website. It contains many very helpul suggestions or ensuring your success.

    Advisors should not assume they already know how best to help you, particularly those who have never

    experienced what you have. In our live seminars, students who did not have an advisor experienced only

    about a 30% success rate.

    2. DVDsThere is a DVD corresponding to each session. The DVD is to be watched beore completing any otheractivity in this seminar. Each session contains 6 principles. The principles appear on ull, 2-page spreads.

    Sessions 3 & 4 contain blank graphics pages. These are pages with graphics rom the DVDs that the

    student might like to fll in themselves either while watching the DVD or at a later time.

    3. Scripture MemoryThere is at least one memory verse or passage to be memorized or each session. Other verses or

    passages may be assigned at the discretion o the student advisor or group leader.

    4. QuizzesEach session in the workbook contains a quiz. Each quiz is simply the principles rom the session butin the orm o questions plus the memory verse(s). The quiz is to be taken ater viewing the DVD and

    attaining profciency o the principles in the workbook. While the quiz may be studied in advance, the

    quiz should be taken closed book. Mastery o the principles should be demonstrated through quiz

    perormance beore proceeding to the next session. Evaluation o your quiz and session profciency

    should be conducted by your advisor or group leader.

    5. ExercisesEach session in the workbook contains an Exercise section. It is recommended to complete the exercises

    beore taking the quiz. While the quizzes are designed to reinorce retention o the material, the exercisesare designed to prompt deep and serious reection on your relationship with God. You should review

    your answers with your advisor or group leader.

    6. Church AttendanceYou are required to attend church as least weekly, but preerably as oten as possible. I mid-week services

    or classes are oered, it is strongly recommended you attend.

    7. Road MapYour workbook includes a Road Mapor maintaining your Freedom. This tool is designed to assist you and

    your advisor or group leader in resolving any remaining personal issues that resulted rom the addictivebehavior. Any other tool which accomplishes the same goal can be used as long as it is understood that

    unresolved personal issues, such as fnancial or relational damage, can sabotage your reedom i not

    eectively and successully dealt with.

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    SessionOnehat is

    Addiction?

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    Assignmentsfor this session

    Watch Session 1 DVD1

    Answer the Quiz Questions2

    Let Your Advisor Quiz You3

    In order to maximize your retention of theteaching, it is important to let your advisorquiz you on the principles.

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    Give lots of thought to your writing. Thisis the time to think deeply about whereyouve been and where youre headed.

    Mtilina quem haedo, ne in des rei pessme

    moli ferivir lost omnotemena.Complete the Exercises

    Reviewing your answers to the exercise

    questions will enable your advisor to offerhelpful feedback for further reflection.

    Discuss the Exercises5

    Dont just answer the questions. Sink the

    principles deep into your heart. If youreally want true and lasting life-change to

    occur, heres the place to get serious.

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    John 8:34.

    Memorize6

    Firmly reinforcing the truth about who youare as a child of God ensures that yourbehavior will be consistent with your new

    creation identity.

    Master Appendix A7

    Master Appendix B8

    Is there anything God hasnt given you that

    you need in order to live a godly life? No! Socan you succeed? Absolutely!

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    While not a requirement, the value ofreviewing the principles and content ofthis sessions DVD again will strengthen you

    even more.

    If you progress through this seminar without

    ever having a question, then somethingswrong. Your advisor is there for youso ask!

    Prepare your Questions11

    Review, Review, Review!9

    How many chances do you think youregoing to get at this? Now is the time tobuckle down and commit like youve never done

    before.

    Watch the DVD Again

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    Principle 4

    Principle 1

    Principle 5

    Principle 2

    Principle 6

    Principle 3

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    The goal isChristlikeness

    Addiction is aSpiritual Stronghold

    within which sinpredominates

    The more likeChrist we are, themore power we have

    over Temptatation and Sin

    SinEnslaves

    Three ways to be likeChrist: Thought, Wordand Deed

    SinControls

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    QUIZSECTION

    1. What is the biblical denition of addiction given in this session?

    2. What are two eects of habitual sin?

    3. What is the goal for this seminar?

    4. What two things do you have more power over as a result of being

    more like Christ?

    5. How many ways are there to be like Christ? Name them.

    6. Write out John 8:34.

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    EXERCISESECTION

    1. Whose job is it to renew your mind, yours or Gods. Whose job is it to

    transform you, yours or Gods? Who goes rst, you or God?

    2. Do you have an authentic hunger and thirst to live a godly life or doyou really prefer to continue your present lifestyle? Is your answer

    honest?

    3. Do you agree with Pauls denition of addiction given on the DVD? Whyor why not?

    4. Do you believe that your addictive behavior was sinful activity? Explain.

    5. Do you agree that the positive emphasis of growing into increasing

    Christlikeness makes more sense than pouring all your energy into

    resisting temptation? Explain.

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