Do you feel the things you’ve done, or the things that have been done to you by others are too much for God’s grace to redeem? Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery ministry, based on the words of Jesus, to help you face and overcome your hurts, habits and hang-ups. Come and experience the healing and transforming power of Jesus Christ Tuesdays at 7 PM.
Child care is provided. Learn more about what makes Celebrate Recovery unique or send us a question at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate Recovery Schedule:
Tuesday open share
7:00 - 7:30 Praise and Worship (in Fellowship Hall on top floor)
7:30 - 8:00 Recovery Lesson or Testimony (in Fellowship Hall on top floor)
8:00 - 9:00 Gender-based Open Sharing Groups (in classrooms on middle floor)
8:00 - 9:00 A Newcomers 101 Meeting is also offered for people coming to Celebrate Recovery for the first time. (First Tuesday of the Month)
Thursday step group
Women starting on January 31, 2013 7-9 PM
Men starting on February 7, 2013 7-9 PM
Celebrate Recovery provides a safe place for people to address their own struggles in a community of grace and honesty. Some of these struggles include alcohol or drug dependency, codependency, sexual impurity (including pornography-based), controlling behavior, anger, being an adult child of a dysfunctional family, or even having strong feelings of guilt and shame that we allow to distance ourselves from God and others.
Celebrate Recovery uses the 8 Recovery Principles and 12 Steps below to guide a Christ-focused recovery process, supported by gender-based sharing groups that practice the following five guidelines at every meeting:
1) We keep our sharing focused on our own thoughts and feelings and we limit our sharing to 3-5 minutes.
2) We do not cross talk as we share in our groups. Cross Talk is when two individuals engage in dialogue, excluding all others. Each person is free to express their feelings without interruption.
3) We attend to support one another. We do not attend to fix each other.
4) ANONYMITY and CONFIDENTIALITY are basic requirements. What we share in the group stays in the group.
5) We don't use offensive language in our groups.
8 Recovery Principles
Based on the Beatitudes by Pastor Rick Warren, Saddleback Community Church
1. REALIZE I’m not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable.
"Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor." (Matthew 5:3)
2. EARNESTLY believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover.
"Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted." (Matthew 5:4)
3. CONSCIOUSLY choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
"Happy are the meek." (Matthew 5:5)
4. OPENLY examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.”
“Happy are the pure in heart." (Matthew 5:8)
5. VOLUNTARILY submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.
"Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires." (Matthew 5:6)
6. EVALUATE all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others.
"Happy are the merciful. Happy are the peacemakers." (Matthew 5:7 & Matthew 5:9)
7. RESERVE a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.
8. YIELD myself to be used by God to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words.
"Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires."
Celebrate Recovery - The 12 Steps and Their Biblical Comparisons
Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.
“I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” (Romans 7:18)
Step 2: We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.”
Step 3: We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship.” (Romans 12:1)
Step 4: We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
“Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD."
Step 5: We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for each other that you may be healed.” (James 5:16)
Step 6: We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” (James 4:10)
Step 7: We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Step 8: We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31)
Step 9: We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24)
Step 10: We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
“So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!” (1 Corinthians 10:12)
Step 11: We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” (Colossians 3:16)
Step 12: Having had a spiritual experience as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs."
"Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1)