“Why? for Single Moms” is written from the Exchanged Life perspective of the Gospel. Hope for Single Moms also offers one-on-one hope and healing to our clients based on this perspective. Here is the overview based on Galatians 2:20 and Romans 6.
These verses tell us what it means to be born again as a child of God. It means changing the way we get our significance. We no longer get our significance from the world—from our parents, teachers, friends, bosses and life experiences. Now we get our significance from God and what He says about us. Why? Because now we are God’s child.
Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” ((NAS)
This teaching is vital to answering many of the concerns our moms have. One of the questions frequently asked is, “What if I’ve done too many bad things for God to forgive me? Another is, “I accepted God’s forgiveness, but life really doesn’t look much different. Why not?”
The answer is that we know Jesus died for us, was buried and rose on the third day. There is a lot of emphasis on how His death on the cross paid your debt for your sin. Instead of you dying, Jesus died for you. He was your substitute.
Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection actually accomplished two things. In addition to Him being your substitute, you are united with Christ in the salvation process. Romans 6 talks about your union with Christ!
At the time of your salvation, your child of Adam spirit united with Christ on the cross and was co-crucified. Your sins were left nailed to the cross. God remembers them no more and neither should you dwell on them and the past.
You were co-buried and then co-resurrected spiritually from the dead. Your new spiritual life, as a child of God, comes from Christ’s life. Col 3:4 says, “When Christ, who is your life…” From that time forward, Christ is in you and you are in Christ. This is essential to understanding what it means to be God’s son or daughter.
That is the exchange. Your child of Adam spirit was exchanged for a child of God spirit. Your sins were left on the cross and exchanged for the righteousness of Christ.
You have the ability to live life AS a child of God with the power of the Holy Spirit living in you. You don’t have to make choices based on your understanding and your willpower like you did before salvation. If you don’t know this, you default into those old patterns of behavior.
This Bible study begins with the basics– learning the Gospel and giving your group the opportunity to accept salvation. It, then, teaches the difference between living from the Spirit and living from the flesh. Your group begins learning how to live the victorious life.
In our mentoring, a client discovers the personal habits (flesh patterns) she developed as a child of Adam to survive in the world. She also has the opportunity to forgive herself and any others who have hurt her in the past. This frees her up from the lies she believed about herself. What others think about her pale and she gets significance from what God thinks about her. We focus on her identity in Christ.
If you are interested in receiving this type of mentoring, you can contact the exchanged life ministry in Grand Rapids, Life Center.