Celebrate Recovery began in 1991 and is offered at churches nation-wide. It is designed to facilitate relief and healing from the “hurts, habits, and hang-ups” that we all struggle with through Christ-centered teaching and sharing. This supportive ministry celebrates God’s healing power in our lives through “8 Recovery Principles” found in the Beatitudes within the Bible and through the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. By working these Christ-centered steps and applying their Biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually. By sharing our experiences, strengths, and hopes with one another, we open the door to healing and life change. As we become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our life problems, we become free from addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. In turn, this freedom produces peace, serenity, joy, and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others.
We invite you to check out Celebrate Recovery for your hurts, habits and hang-ups. We offer CR every Thursday night. Our meeting begins at 7:00pm, includes a large group teaching or testimony from 7pm-8pm, and is followed by a time of small group sharing from 8pm-9pm. For more information about Celebrate Recovery visit celebraterecovery.com or contact Heather, our CR ministry lead.
CELEBRATE RECOVERY’S EIGHT RECOVERY PRINCIPLES
THE ROAD TO RECOVERY BASED ON THE BEATITUDES
Principle 1: 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. (Step 1)
“Blessed are those who know that they are spiritually poor.”
Principle 2: Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover. (Step 2)
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
Principle 3: Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. (Step 3)
“Blessed are the meek.”
Principle 4: Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. (Steps 4 and 5)
“Blessed are the pure in heart.”
Principle 5: Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. (Steps 6 and 7)
“Blessed are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires”
Principle 6: Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others. (Steps 8 and 9)
“Blessed are the merciful.” “Blessed are the peacemakers”
Principle 7: Reserve a 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. (Steps 10 and 11)
Principle 8: Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words. (Step 12)
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.”
The 12 steps and their Biblical comparisons
Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behavior, 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 is at work in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. Philippians 2:13
Step 3: We made a decision to turn our life and our will 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. Lamentations 3:40
Step 5: We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our wrongs.
Therefore, confess your sins to each other, and pray for each other, so that you may be healed. James 5:16a
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 of 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 alter and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there in front of the alter. First go and be reconciled to your brother; and 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 3:16a
Step 12: Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and 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