NEXT STEPS

From Sexual Abuse

Posted on

OCTOBER 20

FROM SEXUAL ABUSE

Abuse in our society is widespread but often remains a hidden wound for so many. We want to be healed, to live in God’s compassion and grace, but this menace of secret pain continues to flow under the current of everything we do. Even if you have not experienced this type of wound, you likely know or live with someone who has. We can’t escape the effects. We find ourselves or those we love chained, deeply hurt, and separated from the freedom God wants to provide. How can we discover the wholeness that God has for us? How can we share it with those around us who desperately need to hear? During this series, God Heals You, we will seek to learn from experts and hear stories about those who have found this healing from God.

Work through the following questions and Scriptures on your own, and get together with your running partner, life group, or friends and family to talk through what you are learning. 

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DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. What stood out/intrigued you most from this message?
  2. How does what you heard affect your life right now (maybe it speaks to something you or someone close to you are going through, struggling with, etc.)?
  3. What challenged you or made you shift your thinking?
  4. What is your next step to apply what you heard?
  5. Is there someone you feel prompted to share with about what you’ve learned from the message? 

KEY SCRIPTURES

John 8:11  No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.

Romans 4:24-25  God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.

Colossians 1:22 – [God] has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.

Hebrews 12:2  [Fix your] eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame.

RESOURCES

SAFE
SAFE provides free, confidential counseling and therapeutic services for survivors during their healing process to help move beyond the violence and trauma of sexual abuse.
Phone: 512.267.SAFE (7233)
Website: safeaustin.org/our-services/face-to-face-support/counseling

Hope Alliance
Hope Alliance seeks to assist those whose lives have been affected by family and sexual violence by providing services and developing partnerships that lead to hope, healing, and prevention.
Phone: 512-255-1212
Website: hopealliancetx.org

Rainn
Rainn is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline and partners with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country
Phone: 800-656-4673
Website: rainn.org

The Refuge
The Refuge is a place where child survivors of sex trafficking can find safety, and have access to the proper therapeutic services for healing from the trauma they’ve endured.
Phone: (888) 373-7888
Website: therefugeaustin.org

Gateway Church Wounded Heart Class (North Campus)
This class reconvenes in the Spring semester. You can get additional information and sign up for a reminder when the start date approaches.
Website: gatewaychurch.com/restore

Counseling options
Visit gatewaychurch.com/connect/restore/counseling/ for a list of licensed counselors that have been vetted by Gateway.

Head to Heart Restoration Ministry
Christian and pastoral counseling.
Phone: (512) 733-8000
Website: https://headtoheart.org/

 

SPIRITUAL OUTCOMES— gatewaychurch.com/spiritual_outcomes/new-creation/