Founded and based on Biblical scripture, lost&found is a Christ-centered approach that reaches beyond twelve step programs to grow in faith, strengthen resolve and persevere through the trials of this world.
The apostle Peter gives us the outline for our Christian growth that bridges all of God’s word to endure and live out our purpose in our lives with Joy.
2 Peter 1:3-11(NLT) – “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. Through these He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith 1. goodness; and to goodness, 2. knowledge and to knowledge, 3. self-control and to self-control, 4. perseverance and to perseverance, 5. godliness and to godliness, 6. mutual affection; and to mutual affection, 7. love.
For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
The seven principles that are outlined above, make up the foundation of this program. Each principle is part of a deeper study into how, through Christ, we are able to recover.
These are the introductions to each principle of lost&found:
Desire for goodness (TRUST)
Doing away with the old self and seeking a new self and a better way of life. This starts with being honest with ourselves (we are lost) and surrendering control of our life to the love of Jesus Christ (a need to be found).
“If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me” “For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it!” – Mt 16:24-25
Desire for knowledge and wisdom (TRUTH)
Seeking God’s word reveals an understanding of God’s own character, His wisdom, testimonies of the many who have lived in faith before us, and will determine how we discern the truth from the lies of this world. We will need to grow in our knowledge of God and His wisdom to become strong enough to withstand the temptations caused by evil corruption all around us. God calls us to put on our full armor of God in our new stance of truth. Understanding how God reveals Himself in scripture will also help us grow closer to Him and receive more of His glory – the true joy in this life and thereafter.
“Son of man, let all my words sink deep into your own heart first. Listen to them carefully for yourself.” – Ezekiel 3:10.
“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1Peter 1:8-9
Seeking self-control/integrity (TURN)
This is new territory for us. Being able to control our desires for harming ourselves and others is something we could never do on our own. Once we have faith and trust in Jesus Christ to remove our evil desires, we can build confidence in that, with His power, we are able to achieve some level of consistency. Progress not perfection is the key. God is concerned with who we are becoming, not who we were or where we’re at today.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – James 4:7
Succeeding through endurance (FOCUS)
Perseverance and determination bares the fruit of endurance. We will start to see the renewal of the redeeming transformation through Jesus in our lives and those around us. A rebirth has happened and it is through trusting in the power of Jesus that we are able to see a better life for us ahead. For many of us, we could never have dreamed that we would be freed from the slavery of addiction and suffering.
“No dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven” – Philippians 3:13-14
Obtaining peace in Jesus Christ – seeking a life of godliness (NEW)
There will be a day when we won’t be afraid of our past and have no fear of the present nor future. This is the “peace” that Jesus promises us if we will trust in Him and His Spirit to transform our lives to be more like Him.
When we reflect who Christ is, His character and His Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), we can see God’s standard for perfection. And although we will never be perfect, we have the perfection in Christ who has paid the price for our imperfections once and for all. We need not carry our guilt and shame any longer.
We will have new desires, shedding our old ones, and we will continue to grow in our knowledge of our Lord and live a life that is Holy–set apart.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” – John 14:27
“let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” – Hebrews 10:22
Loving each other–A horizontal relationship (GIVE)
Having obtained our new fruits of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, tolerance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23), we will see how our encounters and relationships with others are different. Serving others will become our new desire and we will seek opportunities to help those who are still struggling. We will value life for all people, no matter gender, age, race, ethnicity, cultural or social diversity. The desire to glorify God in how we love each other is a refelction of God’s design for relationship. God walks with and is among us. He is your neighbor.
“And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’” – Matthew 25:40
Loving God as he loves us–A vertical relationship (FAITH)
We are called to love God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind. Our own testimony of redemption and renewal of Spirit is proof of God’s love for us. God, The Father, loves us enough to never leave us, to carry us and protect us. We may not have had a perfect earthly father, but we do have a perfect heavenly Father. His only desire is that we love Him, give Him the recognition as the creator of all life, and trust Him with our lives. Since He has given us so much, the death of His only son Jesus Christ, so that we might have a relationship with Him, how can we not love Him as much?
“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” – 1 John 3:1