The purpose of Celebrate Recovery
The purpose is to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the “8 Recovery Principles” and the Christ centered 12 steps. This experience allows us to “be changed”. By working and applying these biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive, and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others. As we progress through the program we discover our personal, loving and forgiving higher power – Jesus Christ, the one and only true higher power.
What do I need to recover from?
The 12 Steps and Their Biblical Comparisons
- 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.
- 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 God, to myself, and to another person whom I trust.
- Voluntarily submit to any and all changes 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 when possible, without expecting any reward.
- Reserve a daily time with God for prayer, Bible reading, and self examination in order to know god and his will for my life and to gain the power to follow his will.
- Yield myself to be used by God to bring this good news to others, both by my example and my words.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it.
Trusting that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will; so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with you forever in the next. Amen.
– Reinhold Niebuhr