Black smear with one step to freedom over it, a ministry of Calvary Chapel Reno Sparks. The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10

One Step to Freedom is a ministry of Calvary Chapel Reno Spark, whose goal is to help those seeking to break free from their addictions, whatever they may be. To accomplish this One Step to Freedom holds periodic workshop Bible studies in Café 2:42 at Calvary Chapel Reno Sparks. Please check the church App/Bulletin for the next workshop.

Our focus is completely based off of what Gods word tells us regarding the sins that afflict us and hold us in bondage. Our desire is to see people set free from addictions, as well as the lies that keep them trapped in sin. Sins like Alcoholism, drugs, gambling, pornography, eating disorders, simply put, whatever idol comes between you and the master and rules your life.

Sin—Not Addiction
It’s a popular view that chemical abusers are victims of a disease or an addiction. However, this non-scientific view of chemical abuse claims the abuser is not responsible for their actions. Instead, the blame is placed on the “addiction” or the “disease.” Yet the Bible calls it sin (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). At some point, an individual made a conscious “choice” to drink alcohol or use drugs. It is not a disease; it is a choice. A disease is something you didn’t choose, it just happened. Taking drugs or alcohol didn’t just happen; the person chose to use them. Afterwards this person began to follow a regular ritual (or pattern) of this choice in their daily lives and now drugs or alcohol have become that person’s idol.

An idol is anything that is given ultimate priority in a person’s life, other than the God of the Bible. Drugs or alcohol become that ultimate priority. The user lives for the next “high.” They literally become a slave to that substance. Their entire life is built, in most cases, around allegiance to that substance. Some may steal to support their habit. Many become acute liars to cover their tracks.

The governing principle of a person’s life is their god. Self, drugs, sex, money, and pleasure can all become a governing desire in a person’s life, and thus, become their idol. Everybody worships someone or something.

The abuser must realize that he or she is an idolater—not an “addict.” They are worshiping and serving their desires, rather than the One and only true living God. Jesus said, “Whoever commits sin is a slave of sin” (John 8:34). Therefore, repentance is needed—not “treatment” of an addiction. For an idolater, this involves switching their allegiance from the life-dominating sin (their idol) to the living God. The person turns from the sins that control them by giving the Holy Spirit control of every area of their life.

There’s always hope.

Curriculum

Introduction

Please click on the links below for a complete understanding of the One Step biblical principles.

Why One Step? (PDF - opens in new window)
Why Accountability Is So Important! (PDF - opens in new window)
Do You Understand Addiction? (PDF - opens in new window)
What Are the Warning Signs of Addiction? (PDF - opens in new window)
Is Using Marijuana A Sin? (PDF - opens in new window)
What Does the Bible Say About Addiction? (PDF - opens in new window)

CHAPTER 1: REPENTANCE AND FORGIVENESS

What does God’s Word say on how to overcome addiction (life-dominating sin)? First we need to acknowledge that sin and repent of it.

Lesson 1: How to Overcome Sin (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 2: Man’s Condition (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 3: God’s Remedy (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 4: Seeking God’s Help (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 5: Our Confession (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 6: Turning Away From Sin (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 7: Forgiving Others (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)

CHAPTER 2: INITIAL RESTORATION

In order to have restoration, we need a spiritual birth. Only then can we overcome sin by learning, understanding and applying biblical principles that leads to healing and wholeness.

Lesson 1: A Plan for Victory (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 2: The Cycle of Temptation (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 3: The Cycle of Sin (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 4: Put Off and Put On (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 5: A New Way of Thinking (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)

CHAPTER 3: OVERCOMING SIN

Addictions are a very real issue, but with God’s help, we can overcome them. Let’s look at what God has to say about addictions.

Lesson 1: What God Says About Addiction (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 2: Is Addiction A Sin? (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 3: Accountability Is Important (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 4: Daily Devotion Benefits (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 5: How To Become Clean (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)

CHAPTER 4: OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S WORD

To gain victory over life-dominating sin, obedience to God’s Word is vital.

Lesson 1: Trials and Temptations (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 2: Be a Doer of God’s Word (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 3: Don’t Judge Others (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 4: Faith Is Revealed in Works (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 5: Taming Your Tongue (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 6: Get Godly Wisdom (PDF - opens in new window)(SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 7: Pride vs. Humility (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 8: Perseverance Through Prayer (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)

CHAPTER 5: SPIRITUAL WARFARE

What does the phrase “spiritual warfare” even mean? This chapter teaches what spiritual warfare looks like and how it affects our interactions with God and with others.

Lesson 1: “What is Spiritual Warfare?” (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 2: “Tactics of the Enemy” (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 3: “The Armor of God” (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 4: “The Power of Prayer” (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 5: “Our Vulnerability” (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 6: “Victory In and Through Jesus” (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)

CHAPTER 6: THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

God works. That’s something that we firmly believe in. As we draw near to Him and mature, we begin to see His new traits within us, known as the Fruit of the Spirit.

Lesson 1: What Are the Works of the Flesh? (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 2: What is the Fruit of the Spirit? (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 3: Love (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 4: Joy (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 5: Peace (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 6: Patience (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 7: Kindness (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 8: Goodness (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 9: Faithfulness (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 10: Gentleness (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 11: Self Control (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)

CHAPTER 7: GOD’S FAITHFULNESS

Even when we lose faith, God is faithful. We can look to Him in everything.

Lesson 1: When We Are Tempted (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 2: No Room for Excuses (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 3: Treasure God’s Word (PDF - opens in new window)(SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 4: To Equip and Edify the Saints (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 5: God Is Faithful to Deliver (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 6: I Can Do All Things Through Christ (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)
Lesson 7: Trusting God (PDF - opens in new window) (SPANISH - opens in new window)

SPANISH CURRICULUM

Spanish version of the One Step to Freedom Bible study curriculum. (PDF) (opens in new window)

Contact Us

One Step Contact Information:
Doug Rhoades
Ministry Leader
Phone: 775-846-1867
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Bob Cooney Ministry Leader
Phone: 209-595-9622
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Lorreta Bradley Ministry Leader
Phone: 775-750-3754
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We at Calvary Chapel of Reno Sparks would like to hear from you and send you some materials to help you grow in your relationship with Christ.

You can email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or give us a call at (775)856-1110.

Join us for one of our services:
Sunday: 9:00am & 10:45am
or
Wednesday: 7:00pm

We are located at:
220 Edison Way, Reno, Nevada
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