Celebrate Recovery is a safe place in which we are able to face our struggles and overcome our hurts, habits, and hang-ups. We are a Christ-centered recovery program, experiencing God’s healing power. We learn to develop a closer relationship with our Higher Power, Jesus Christ, and thus grow stronger in our walk with Him. We focus on applying Biblical truths in our lives which enables us to become the people that God created us to be.
At Celebrate Recovery, we only offer the following materials: The Life Recovery Bible, The Celebrate Recovery Leader’s Guide, The Celebrate Recovery Participant’s Guides, and The Celebrate Recovery Journal. All are for sale at or below cost. Please feel free to continue using your own Bible and journal.
Celebrate Recovery meets every Thursday night regardless of holiday:
5:45-6:30 PM Meal (Donation Optional)
6:30-7:30 PM Worship & Lesson or Testimony
7:30-8:30 PM Open Share Small Groups (gender separated)
THE SERENITY PRAYER
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
THE ROAD TO RECOVERY
Eight Principles Based on the Beatitudes
By Pastor Rick Warren
- Realize I’m not God. I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and that my life is unmanageable.
- Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover.
- Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
- Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.
- Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.
- 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.
- 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.
- Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words.
CELEBRATE RECOVERY’S 12 STEPS
With Biblical Comparisons
- We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.
- We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.
- We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.
(1 John 1:9)
- We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
- We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
(1 Corinthians 10:12)
- We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
SMALL GROUP GUIDELINES
The following five guidelines will ensure that your small group is a safe place. They need to be read at the beginning of every meeting.
- Keep your sharing focused on your own thoughts and feelings. Limit your sharing to three to five minutes.
- There is no cross talk. Cross talk is when two individuals engage in conversation excluding all others. Each person is free to express his or her feelings without interruptions.
- We are here to support one another, not “fix” one another.
- Anonymity and confidentiality are basic requirements. What is shared in the group stays in the group. The only exception is when someone threatens to injure themselves or others.
- Offensive language has no place in a Christ-centered recovery group.