Welcome to Faith Center’s Celebrate Recovery!
The purpose of Celebrate Recovery is to fellowship and celebrate the healing power of Jesus Christ in our lives through the 8 Recovery Principles found in the Beatitudes and the Christ-centered 12-Steps. This experience allows us to be changed. We open the door by sharing our experience, strength, and hope with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our life problems.
By working the Christ-centered steps and applying their biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually and 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 principles and the steps we discover our personal, loving, and forgiving Higher Power ~ Jesus Christ.
New to Celebrate Recovery?
If this is your first time to check out Faith Center’s Celebrate Recovery, we are so glad you did! At Celebrate Recovery, we understand what it is like to admit an area of struggle. We want you to know that it is okay to not be “okay.” We invite you to join us at 6 p.m. for dinner and fellowship in the kitchen…or come at 7 p.m. and allow God to meet you where you’re at in life during the large group meeting as we worship and listen to a Celebrate Recovery teaching or testimony. Then in the second hour, beginning at 8 p.m., we have men’s and women’s open share groups and a newcomer’s group designed specifically for you–to help you get more familiar with what Celebrate Recovery is all about. Thank you for checking us out online…and we look forward to meeting you Monday night in the U-Turn dome at Faith Center Church.
Is Celebrate Recovery for Me?
You may be thinking that recovery is just for people with alcohol or drug problems. The truth is that many of us have created unhealthy methods for handling life. Regardless of your struggle, whether it’s emotional, relational, financial, spiritual or sexual, Celebrate Recovery teaches people to make the healthy choices that will help them become the people God created them to be.
At Celebrate Recovery, you will find a safe place to connect with people you can relate to, no matter your “condition” in life. You’ll find hope and encouragement, love and support. And, most importantly, you’ll find a path to freedom and happiness by developing a personal relationship with Jesus.
By working through the 8 Recovery Principles found in the Beatitudes, with Jesus Christ as your Higher Power, you can and will change!! You will begin to experience the true peace and serenity you have been seeking, and you will no longer have to rely on your dysfunctional, compulsive or addictive behaviors as a temporary “fix” for your pain.
By applying the Biblical principles of conviction, conversion, surrender, confession, restitution, prayer, quiet time, witnessing and helping one another, which are found within the 8 Principles and the Christ-centered 12 Steps, you will restore and develop stronger relationships with others and with God.
Join us every Monday night in the uTurn Dome, even holidays:
6:00 to 6:30 p.m. – BBQ Dinner ($3/adult, $2/child)
7:00 to 8:00 p.m. – Large Group–General Meeting (live music, recovery chips, and teaching or testimony)
8:00 to 9:00 p.m. – Open Share Small Groups
9:00 to 10:00 p.m. – Solid Rock Fellowship
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Childcare (Nursery – PreSchool)
Celebration Station (Kindergarten – 6th Grade)
THE TWELVE STEPS AND THEIR BIBLICAL COMPARISONS
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
2. 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. Philippians 2:13
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives 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
4. 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
5. 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
6. 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
7. 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
8. 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
9. 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
10. 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
11. 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.
Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly. Colossians 3:16a
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
Celebrate Recovery ~ The Road to Recovery
8 Principles based on the BEATITUDES
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. “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.” Matthew 5:7 “Happy are the peacemakers.” 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 God to be used 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.” Matthew 5:10
The Serenity Prayer
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.
Celebrate Recovery’s Five Small Group Guidelines
1) Keep your sharing focused on your own thoughts and feelings. Limit your sharing to 3-5 minutes.
2) 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.
3) We are here to support one another, not “fix” another.
4) 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.
5) Offensive language has no place in a Christ-centered recovery group.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Pastor Susan Jones.
Susan K. H. Jones, Recovery Pastor
Phone: (707) 442-1784 x 211
Celebrate Recovery State Representative