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The Living Waters guidebook is used in Living Waters groups and is only available to the participants in a group.

  1. Living Waters GuidebookIntroduction to Living Waters We begin by identifying the gift that we are, and how Jesus reclaims that gift through His broken Body. We conclude by agreeing upon certain expectations that help make the group safe for all.
  2. Acknowledging Our Need God gives us what we need, not what we deserve! Sorting through those needs includes an examination of good and bad shame, and how unmet needs for love can tempt us to meet our needs the wrong way.
  3. Becoming Responsive to the Father’s Love The Father initiates His rule and reign in our lives. Such divine initiative requires our response. We explore this rhythm of initiative and response through three women named Mary—from Bethany, the Magdalene, and God’s mother.
  4. The Fighting Father At Calvary, both Holy Father and Son fought for our dignity. And won! We consider how the Cross becomes the locus of our restoration.
  5. Revealing Christ through the Gift of Our Bodies Our bodies reveal the mystery of God on earth.  We explore what it means to bear His image in our relationships.
  6. The Cross and Confession: Restoring the True Image of God in Humanity In order to love well, we must turn from our sin. We prepare for confession so that the depth of our sin can be surpassed by the depth of His forgiveness.
  7. Renouncing Idols Loving well means worshipping only One: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We explore the idols tied to sexual and relational sin in our lives.
  8. Overcoming Addiction through the Real Meal God wants to satisfy our desires with good things. We explore the roots of addiction and the loving way God bears with us as we learn to let go of our addictions.
  9. How Wounds Make us More Whole Our hearts bear pain from the past up to the present. In His wounds, Jesus helps us to identify ours. We learn to grieve in hope, and to love unencumbered by past blows.
  10. Identifying Brokenness, Resuming the Journey Facing the sources of our pain is never easy but can yield the fruit of new mercies for self and others.
  11. Restoring Broken Boundaries Abuse comes in many forms and impacts how we offer ourselves to each other. How Jesus begins to restore that boundary and the adult-child’s experience of relational wholeness will be walked out carefully as (s)he grows in trust.
  12. The True Self Forgives United with Christ in His wounds and His resurrection, we can become like Him toward those who have damaged us. We learn how to forgive.
  13. The True Self Aspires to Wholeness, Refuses Despair Raised with Christ, the new creation aspires to great things. We watch for the boundless horizon He has opened for us.
  14. The True Self Unites with God in Weakness, Overcomes Narcissism Our true selves are not perfect selves. Raised with Christ, we place our confidence in His perfection and thus can admit our ongoing weaknesses.
  15. The True Self Loves His/Her Own Gender Hearty and intimate same-sex friendships are the basis for whole gender selves and the freedom to offer ourselves well to the opposite gender.
  16. Offering the Gift We explore the goal of offering ourselves wisely to the opposite–gender. That is based on the good gifts we each are, and the theological mandate to dignify the other with our offering.
  17. Restoring Woman’s Honor Woman’s essential responsiveness is damaged by sin.  Jesus reclaims the true feminine in woman.
  18. Restoring Man’s Honor Man’s focused strength and power is also subject to brokenness. Worldly ways of asserting himself must die in order for Christ to raise up what pleases Him.
  19. For the Bride To know Jesus, we must know them, members of Christ’s Body. Wholeness involves integration in local communities of faith, in light of, not in spite of, our historic weaknesses.
  20. Hope and Wholeness Hope that is realized ceases to be hope. Such is the nature of our journey to relational integrity: we are never finished this side of heaven.