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rachelcaintx

I am Sanctified

Sanctification is a dynamic processestablished by God, carried out by God, and completed by God. Yet, human effort is involved in God’s design of sanctification. Much of that effort flows from an accurate understanding of self as having been crucified with Christ and raised with him to new life. 

 

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Who Am I?

There are so many ways for us to define ourselves: From our politics, to our family size, our denomination, to our recycling habits, our spiritual disciplines…On and on it goes as we try to discover which fig leaf fits best. In addition, we look to the law to make us happy only to find ourselves filled with despair when we fail (again!) or pride, which is even worse when we succeed. Who are we? How does the Bible define us? And why is that the only identity that will satisfy us?

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Get Over Yourself!

The goal of this talk is to address personality from a biblical perspective. We begin with the presupposition that all believers, regardless of natural disposition, are new creatures. From there we affirm the expectation that each is to imitateChrist. Finally, we will develop practical implications so that each person can realize the effect of the gospel in his or her own life.

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Abounding in Hope and Able to Counsel

Every Christian should aspire to be a gospel counselor to others and church leaders should nurture such an aspiration in their people. This workshop spotlights how the Apostle Paul, in his letter to the Romans, fostered this aspiration in his readers, giving them extensive gospel counsel and then commissioning them to do the same for one another. This workshop unpacks Paul’s approach, which provides a hopeful vision for church leaders and church members who want to participate in a flourishing of gospel-centered counseling in their churches.

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I am Successful

In a high-tempo, status-seeking, achievement-driven, celebrity-worshiping world how are Christians to view “success.” Are high achievers called to scorn their success? Is the pastor whose ministry never grows above 25 people a failure? What if my career is my identity? These questions and more will be addressed by examining relevant biblical passages to see what God has to say about success.

 

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You are Your Calling

This workshop explores the concept that all believers have a calling fromGod and that all legitimate callings are holy to the Lord, not just religious callings. We will consider what this means for identity in general and the counseling relationship specifically. Particular emphasis will be placed on how this impacts retirement.

 

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Be Not Wise in your Own Eyes

The sin of “being wise in one’s own eyes” is easy to see in others, yet difficult to see in ourselves. Because this prideful self-perception is so hazardous to our spiritual health and to the giving and receiving of biblical counsel, we sometimes need to target this sin first in order to create an opening for progress on other fronts.  In this workshop, we make an effort to expose this sinful self-perception and replace it with a new perspective shaped by the gospel

 

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Helping Abuse Survivors Find Identity in Christ

Issues of identity are some of the most difficult and painful questions facing survivors of abuse. Sadly, many abuse survivors look to false-refuge help and settle for a counterfeit identity as their source of strength and hope. This workshop will demonstrate that Jesus is the true refuge for abuse survivors and that identity inHim is the pathway to true healing, transformation, and lasting hope.

 

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I am Not Scarred for Life: Overcoming Childhood Sexual Abuse

Children who are sexually abused lack the ability to process what has happened to them. Although they intrinsically know what happened was wrong, most carry tremendous guilt and shame and see themselves as permanently damaged. This session will focus on helping victims of childhood sexual abuse overcome the negative impacts of trauma.

 

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I am not a Victim: Overcoming Domestic Abuse

By its very nature domestic violence attacks the identity of those who experience it. Abusive people use intimidation, manipulation, and mind games that leave their victims confused, insecure, and believing they are worthless. This workshop will explore ways to help victims of domestic abuse overcome the common lies and beliefs that prevent them from realizing their true identity in Christ.

 

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I am a Sinner

Sin is so tragic because it corrupts what is most beautiful: God’s personhood displayed in people. Capacities God intended for good are distorted—from the way we think, to the desires that drive us, to our deepest commitments. Accurately understanding who we are means acknowledging this corruption and looking outside ourselves for a solution.

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