2 Corinthians 12:9

"My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness"

 

             

 

We welcome you to join us on this road to recovery.

You will find friendly faces, warm hugs, answers to your questions, and people who are real.

God has a purpose for your life and we know He will do great things for you through this program. 

Small Groups CAN... / will NOT...

Small Group Guidelines

Serenity Prayer

8 Principles

12 Steps

Celebrate Recovery Small Groups CAN:

  • Provide you a safe place to share your experiences, strengths, and hopes with others that are also going through a Christ-centered recovery.

  • Provide you with a leader who has gone through a similar hurt, hang-up or habit and who will facilitate the group as it focuses on a particular Step each week. The leader will also follow Celebrate Recovery’s “Small Group Guidelines,” listed below.

  • Provide you with the opportunity to find an Accountability Partner or a Sponsor.

  • Encourage you to attend other recovery meetings held throughout the week.

 

Celebrate Recovery Small Groups Will NOT:

  • Attempt to offer any professional advice. Our leaders are not counselors. At your request, we can provide you with a list of approved counseling referrals.

  • Allow its members to attempt to "fix" one another.

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Small Group Guidelines

Celebrate Recovery is a safe place where five basic guidelines are followed to promote this safe environment. These guidelines help each individual work on self, share personal needs, feelings, ideas and problems. It allows time for all who need to share.

  1. Keep your sharing focused on your own thoughts and feelings. Limit your sharing to 3–5 minutes.

  2. There will be 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” one 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.

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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 reasonable happy in this life

and supremely happy with You forever in the next.

AMEN

- Reinhold Niebuhr -

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Tenth Avenue North - "You Are More"

8 Principles base on the BEATITUDES (and the 12 steps)

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. (Step 1)

“Happy are those who are spiritually poor.”

Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover. (Step 2)

“Happy are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. (Step 3)

“Happy are the meek.”

Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. (Steps 4 & 5)

“Happy are the pure in heart.”

Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. (Steps 6 & 7)

“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires.”

Evaluate all my relationships.  Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others, except when doing so would harm them or others. (Steps 8 & 9)

“Happy are the merciful.  Happy are the peacemakers.”

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. (Steps 10 & 11)

Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words. (Step 12)

“Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.”

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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. (Philippians 2:13)

Step 3.  We made a decision to turn our wills 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)

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 5:16)

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 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 the 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)

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