Celebrate Recovery

Who We Are

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered program that helps us deal with life’s “hurts, habits and hang-ups.” Our purpose is to celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through the 8 recovery principles found in the Beatitudes and the Christ-centered 12 steps as we become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our life problems.

Celebrate Recovery is for anyone who has a hurt, habit or hang-up. It is not restricted to people struggling with an addiction. We all have issues that may be interfering with our fellowship with God and others. Therefore, we all qualify!  Join us as we pursue real life in Jesus Christ and celebrate the recovery only He can bring through His people and His Word.
 
If you have specific questions or need additional help not covered in this information, please email us at: CR at mygracepointe dot com.
 

The 8 Recovery Principles

  • Principle 1: 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. “Happy are those who know 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. “Happy 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. “Happy are the meek”
  • Principle 4: Openly examine and confess my faults to God, to myself, and to someone I trust. “Happy are the pure in heart”
  • Principle 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”
  • Principle 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” “Happy are the peacemakers”
  • Principle 7: Reserve a daily time with God for self examination, Bible readings and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life and to gain the power to follow His will.
  • Principle 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”
 

The 12 Christ-Centered Steps

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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. 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)

Frequently Asked Questions

 

WHAT IS RECOVERY?

  • In physical health, recovery refers to the process of moving from illness to wellness. Our hurts, habits and hang-ups are like an illness and using the tools of Celebrate Recovery we begin to move toward wholeness. Some might say from bondage to freedom in Christ. Others might say from self-reliance to faith in Christ.
 

WHO IS CR FOR?

  • CR is for anyone struggling with life. If you have ever had a hurt, if you have ever had a hang-up in life, or perhaps you have struggled with an addiction, then this ministry is for you. We all share one thing in common: hurt.
 

WHAT IS CR?

  • We are: a safe place, a refuge, a place of belonging, a place to care for others and be cared for, where respect is given to each member, where confidentiality is highly regarded, a place to learn, to grow and become strong again, where you can take off your mask, a place for healthy challenges and healthy risks, a possible turning point in your life.
  • We are NOT: a place of selfish control, therapy, a place for secrets, a place to look for dating relationships, a place to rescue or be rescued by others, a place of perfection, a long-term commitment, a place to judge others, a quick fix.
 

IS CELEBRATE RECOVERY FOR ME?

  • Celebrate Recovery offers a person the opportunity to participate in a group fellowship where love and hope combine with God’s purpose to mend our lives. Ask yourself… (1) Are there things in my life that I do that hurt others? (2) Is there something I wish I could live without? (3) Is it time to crack my denial and admit I am not in control of my life? (4) Do I have a painful habit or hang-up from which I need to be freed? If you answered “yes” to any of these statements then we urge you to attend a Celebrate Recovery meeting to see if it is for you.
 

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

  • The entry point for Celebrate Recovery is to come Friday night starting at 6 p.m. for dinner.  Your first time, dinner costs you nothing. After dinner we have a short time of worship/teaching/testimony. After the worship service we will welcome you to a Newcomers group. This will give you a feel for what to expect. All you have to do is show up and we will walk you thru everything.
 

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

  • CR is one of the most loving environments you will be a part of.  Everyone here is on the same road as you, and though your issues may be different in some ways we all are seeking truth in the same way. This is a safe environment where you can take your mask off and be who you are.
 

WHAT DOES IT COST TO ATTEND?

  • Celebrate Recovery does not charge for this ministry. Offerings are received on Friday evenings. Our Celebrate Recovery is self-supporting. Workbooks are utilized in the Step Studies and are available at the Resource Center on Friday evenings. Prices for these materials range from $6 – $20. There is a small cost for dinner, but first time visitors are our guests for dinner.
 

IS CELEBRATE RECOVERY CONFIDENTIAL?

  • Absolutely yes, Celebrate Recovery maintains strict confidentiality. This promotes an atmosphere of trust and enables recovery. We have a saying that goes: WHO you see here. WHAT you hear here. WHEN you leave here. STAYS HERE.  We are diligent about confidentiality and anonymity. The guidelines/rules protect all of us from judgment and being “fixed”. In a “safe place” you can take off your “mask” and be real and honest without fear. You are 100% in control of when and how much you participate.
 

DO I HAVE TO SHARE?

  • In the open share groups, absolutely not . . . until you are ready. You can pass anytime you wish and for as long as it takes for you to become comfortable. Once you decide to begin a step study, you will be required to share as everyone answers the questions asked.
 

WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE IT EVERY WEEK?

  • You are welcome to come when you can for worship, large group and issue groups. However if you join a step study, you are expected to come each week until you complete it. As with any endeavor, the more effort you put into Celebrate Recovery, the more benefit you will gain.