What is addiction? Is there hope and help? Listen as Paul Kiss continues our Broken series by looking at Romans 5-8; Ps 139:7-12; Mark 2:13-17. We discover that a community centred on Jesus is where all people find a home and we are called to be that kind of community.


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Broken?  Addictions

Speaker: Paul Kiss
Date: November 18, 2018

A community centred on Jesus is where addicts find a home. Let’s be that kind of community. Text: Romans 5-8; Ps 139:7-12; Mark 2:13-17

What does an addict look like?

“I used to think a drug addict was someone who lived on the far edges of society… Wild-eyed , shaven-headed and living in a filthy squat . That was until I became one.” — Cathryn Kemp: Painkiller Addict


1. Searching

What is addiction?

● CAMH Guide on addiction — 4 C’s

1. Craving
2. Loss of Control (of amount or frequency of use)
3. Compulsion to use
4. Use despite Consequences.

“…addiction , like any other sickness , takes its place within a whole pantheon of ills that beset human beings as a result of the pervasive brokenness Christians call “ sin.” — Jonathan Benz: The Recovery Minded Church


2. Naming

Text: Romans 6:16; 7:14-25; Romans 8:1-4; 1 Corinthians 12:26; Luke 15:11-32

3. Helping

● Hope and Help. Text: Psalm 139-7-12; Romans 5-8; Luke 15:11-32

● How do we become a community with whom addicts love to belong?

1. How do people generally view addicts in our society? What about in the church?
2. If you have experienced addiction in some way, either yourself or with someone close to you, what has it been like?
3. Reread the story of the Prodigal Son – Luke 15:11-32. Where do you see yourself in this story? Where do you see our church in this story? Why? How does this relate to our response to people with addictions?
4. Read Mark 2:13-17 again. How does this story help us consider what kind of response we should have to people who are struggling with addiction?
5. What are some practical things we can do as a church, or Home Church, to create a safe place for addicts to find a home?
6. What personal hang ups about addicts are you still holding onto, that might prevent you from responding to them as Jesus would have you do?

1. Read the CAMH site about addiction: Click Here.
2. Watch this video that illustrates the argument Dr. Bruce Alexander makes for the power of connection as a crucial ingredient for addiction recovery. How might we connect this with our understanding of Christian community? Watch Video Here.

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