One very important facet of New Life Community Church is our counseling ministry called “Renew Ministry”. At our foundation is the understanding that we are, “transformed by the renewing of our mind” (Romans 12:2), and we are convinced that what Jesus said was true, “you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).
Renew Ministry is not simply giving advice or telling someone the truth. Often, the struggling person already knows the truth, and could teach a class on it. The problem is the truth doesn’t feel true! This is where the subconscious mind comes in. The devil is sneaky. He knows we wouldn’t believe a lie if he told us. He has to make us feel the lie. So he plants a lie, not in the conscious mind where we are rational and reasonable, but rather in our subconscious, where we are emotional and irrational. By far the most common way he plants lies in us is through our trauma. We go through a traumatic event in life where he plants a lie in our subconscious mind, so that he can control our emotions any time another event in life feels anything like that previous event.
In Renew Ministry, we focus on a negative emotion that we are feeling in our present life, and we follow that negative emotion back to where that lie was initially planted. Then we bring Jesus to that place of pain and replace the lie with the truth. This is what brings freedom and sets us free from the devils control of our emotions.
Renew Ministry is a core value at New Life. We have many trained “helpers” on staff, as well as among the congregation. We long to have everyone in our church free from the lies their subconscious is believing. When we are free from those lies, then we can truly love one another deeply and from the heart.