I. Drug and Alcohol use, abuse, and addiction through the lens of Jesus’ teaching of the Parable of the Sower and Soils.
.An Introduction to D&A Use, Abuse and Addiction.
This examines what the Bible has to say on this matter and compares it with the secular world’s view. The history and dynamics of this issue will be summarized to include how it impacts individuals, families and society as a whole.
•An Introduction to Secular Drug and Alcohol Treatment and Recovery.
This reviews the goals and methods of these treatment settings with the intent to help Christians in their ministry to individuals who have utilized these treatment philosophies.
•A Christian “World View” of D&A Treatment and Recovery.
This will help churches and individual Christians minister to this population from a Christian perspective
II.The Parable of the Sower and Soils relates to everyone because we are all in need of some form of restoration.
•An Introduction to the Parable of the Sower. The Bible says that we have three dimensions of our being and they are Spirit, Soul and Body. In addition, we have three dimensions of our soul and they are Mind, Emotions and Will/Volition. Our inherited sin nature has damaged all of the various dimensions of our being. Through the lens of the Trinity Principle and our sin nature, the four soils identified by Jesus will be reviewed.
•An in-depth review of the dynamics of Good Soil. Jesus presented this as “the ideal” goal for all of us, because it is the only soil that bears fruit. It is essential that churches and individual Christians be intentional in pursuing the dynamics of “good soil” both in their personal life and in the lives of the recipients of their ministry.
•An in-depth review of the Hardened Soil/Soul. These individuals are emotionally hardened and bitter, their minds are cluttered with self deception and they are in willful rebellion against some aspect of God’s truth.
•An in-depth review of the Rocky Ground/Soul. We live in a fallen “war zone” world. Becoming wounded is a part of everyone’s experience. Psalm 42:5 describes the struggle of the wounded soul. “Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me?”
•An in-depth review of the Soil/Soul Full of Thorns. Hebrews 12:2 states “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith”. These individuals are spiritually undisciplined and are easily distracted because they don’t exercise the self discipline to not give attention to distractions of life. These distractions are the “worries of this life, the deceitfulness of riches and other desires for other things”.