@Ruben-Villa I just sent you a link in a chat. Let me know if you see it. I set it up for 30 minutes from now, or 3:00pm Mountain time.
From a slave to sin–to freedom in Christ (Galatians 5:1). From an abusive husband verbally and physically–to loving my wife as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25). I attend church at FamilyBibleChurchKingman.org in Kingman, Az. and I'm a volunteer mentor for SettingCaptivesFree.com; My desire is to speak, teach, and preach THE CROSS of Jesus Christ with the same passion I once had for sin!
"Because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction..." 1 Thessalonians 1:5 ESV.
One of my favorite writings that still brings tears to my eyes when I read it, for all the evil I poured out to my precious wife Sylvia, can be found here: erickhurt.com/my-wife-sylvia/
Posts made by Erick Hurt
RE: Talk with a Mentor
@Ruben-Villa No problem at all, welcome back to Setting Captives Free! A lot has changed around here in the last nine years since going through "The Way of Purity" course. That was the former ministry which we call SCF 1.0 where "Radical Amputation" was taught.
Today, we focus all of our attention on the cross where students can experience "Gospel Transformation." So we call the new ministry SCF 2.0 which reflects the new direction of the ministry. An article was written (and is a living document) about this change from, "Radical Amputation" to "Gospel Transformation" and can be found by clicking here for a deeper understanding of this change.
So with that said, I think you're going to love the "Purity Bootcamp" course and the new direction and teachings here at Setting Captives Free. We have the Purity Bootcamp course online now and coming out in print this month, Lord willing. I hope this helps! Just let me know when you're available to talk and I'll set up a call through Zoom for further discussion.
RE: Christians and PTSD
@Mike-Cleveland Thank you for sharing this interaction regarding PTSD. It really highlights that the cross is the answer to every problem and for every struggle. Where Jesus hung on the POST to remove our every sin and place it upon Himself (1 Peter 2:24). To renew us on the inside, in the heart, right at the control–center of who we are (2 Corinthians 4:16; Romans 2:29).
We see Jesus hanging on the cross that was designed for us because our sin needed to be judged and put to death! He took every TRAUMATIC blow of God’s wrath for us! Was torn and bled for us! Was pierced for us and received every wave of God’s righteous judgment so that we could be transformed, forgiven, healed by His traumatic wounds, our eyes, heart, and life are lifted up and out of the STRESS as Jesus was stressed beyond that of any human (Romans 8:3).
His joints were out of place so that ours could be put in their proper place. His DISORDER beyond that of being recognized as a human (Isaiah 52:14) on the cross so He could resurrect and reorder our lives by rising up from the grave in victory and power over sin and death (Colossians 2:15). And this to raise us up and out of our own grave and into a new life with a new heart, a renewed mind and therefore free from our former lives and troubles (1 Corinthians 15:57). All of the PTSD that Jesus went through for us was that which changed us on the inside, the only place the work of the cross could reach, far into the depths of who we were to become who we are in Christ (Galatians 4:19).
RE: Set Free by Jesus' Death: Session 2
@Cindy-Hirch Oh, sister, how I do remember the beginning of my journey too. I’m still on the journey learning to walk in the Spirit like you said, “not to just have a head knowledge, but to grab my heart in a whole new way so that I can truly experience freedom.”
And this is precisely what happens as we die daily with Jesus while looking to Him crucified. The cross indeed is the answer that sets our feet on solid ground. The reason you can stand and testify to both small and great. Saying what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass. Jesus suffering on a criminal's cross would open up your heart and unlock the prison door. That because He suffered and died, was buried and the first to rise from the dead, you too would walk in His footsteps, meeting your death in Him, burial of sins and a resurrected life! All because of THIS gospel!
Acts 26:22-23 ESV To this day I have had the help that comes from God, and so I stand here testifying both to small and great, saying nothing but what the prophets and Moses said would come to pass: 23 that the Christ must suffer and that, by being the first to rise from the dead, he would proclaim light both to our people and to the Gentiles.
RE: Set Free by Jesus' Death: Session 2
@Kelly-Dorsey You know, when someone is praising the Lord and seeing "the cross in a whole new light after 39 years" you cannot help but be drawn into praising the Lord with them! Thankful for the work Jesus did on the cross to save a wretch like me/us! Thank you, Cindy, for considering yourself dead to sin and reminding us that in Christ and His death on the tree, we are ALL to consider ourselves dead to sin and alive to God!
Mentor check-in 03-30-19
Dear brothers and sisters,
Our hearts were filled to overflowing seeing all the wonderful responses from last weeks check-in! So thankful for ALL of you!
Today I wanted to share with you why we always share the gospel with every student for every answer. Please notice the student change from being “defeated” to another “burden lifted”, and from “winning arguments” to “Christ crucified.”
Adam writes, “I feel so tired and defeated now... Jehovah's Witnesses came to my gate - lovey people - but what a frustration. How can we get the truth through to them if they think exactly the same of us? How can they be convinced? and then they probably think, how can we be convinced. What does one do???!!!”
Erick writes, “Adam, you are going to be shocked when you read my answer. We "lift up the cross" and allow the Spirit to apply the gospel to the heart. As you remember Peter shared the gospel and immediately following these words were recorded for us, "Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). Share the gospel for it is the antidote for everything and everyone! The gospel changes the heart and mind. The gospel is where we find forgiveness and hope. Where we meet our own death and resurrection.”
Adam writes, “So you are saying that even with JWs, the best offense/defense is just the gospel. Let the Spirit carry it to their hearts instead of winning the argument. Let the Spirit do the talking through the gospel? Let the hearer listen or not?”
Erick writes, “You got it, brother! Just yesterday I was talking with a dear friend of mine and he was sharing his frustration about his family. During our conversation he needed "correction" but I did not "correct" him but rather shared how his family will only be “united in the gospel.” Our flesh separates but the gospel always unites!
Later, after our meeting, he sent me this in a group text, "I always get edified, encouraged and redirected.” This is how sharing the gospel affected his heart. The only way anyone can be saved, sanctified, edified, redirected, encouraged, etc., is sharing the gospel–the power of God (Romans 1:16).
Our arguments will leave the captive chained up and hopeless. We may walk away excited that we "won an argument" and can now boast “in the flesh”, while our hearers walk away still "dead in sin" (Ephesians 2:1) and without hope! But if we had shared the gospel instead of attempting to "win an argument" they could have at least walked away with a "seed in their heart" or at the most “cut to the heart”!!!”
Adam writes, “The power of God unto salvation. That's 'all' it takes, and yet it took God everything. We should not get in the way with our own arguments. Let the gospel pierce the heart. What more can we do, but just that. Thank you, brother. In fact, even learning to share just the gospel is another burden the Lord lifts from us. In the end, it all comes down to Christ and Him crucified.”
What are your thoughts? How will this help you mentor your students?
RE: Praying God's Word for Setting Captives Free Students
@Mike-Cleveland Amen! As soon as I saw this I joined you in prayer on my way home from work this morning!