Celebrate Recovery is a 12 step program with a Biblical basis that can change your life, leading you into recovery and a relationship with God. Supplemented with an additional 8 principles taken from the Beatitudes, Celebrate Recovery works in small groups, led by people just like you who have overcome their hurts, habits and hang-ups and now reach out to anyone entrapped by the world's road blocks.
Now on Thursdays in the Student Center 6:15pm for Pizza 7:00pm General Meeting
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- serenity prayer
The purpose of Atascadero Bible Church's Celebrate Recovery ministry is to provide a safe place in an environment of acceptance and love for people who are challenged in their lives by a hurt, habit or hang up that keeps them from a productive life that honors God. By working through the Christian 12 Steps and the 8 Recovery Principles found in Scripture, we become free from addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors.
This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with Jesus Christ, our higher power. As we move through the program, we are drawn to Jesus Christ, who gives us grace for the day and complete forgiveness of all our past sins. With His peace and guidance from the Holy Spirit, we are then ready to enjoy a relationship with our family, and in particular, the family of God.
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)
All scripture quoted from the New International Version)
Eight Recovery Principles Based on the BEATITUDES
by Rick Warren, Pastor, Saddleback Community Church, Mission Viejo, CA
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. "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 myself, to God, 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."
Find a Meeting
Celebrate Recovery meets at Atascadero Bible Church on the following days:
6:15 PM - Join us for Pizza/Salad & Dessert
7 PM - Large group meeting in the Student Center Building, Downtown Room with live worship band, teaching and testimonies. Parking in the back campus lot.
8 PM - Small gender specific groups meet for open share.
6:30 PM - Small group 12 Step Studies. Call the church office at 466-2051 for open groups and location.
To find other Celebrate Recovery meetings, log onto www.celebraterecovery.com, click on Group Finder and follow the prompts.
Call us! Call and talk to a Celebrate Recovery leader. We're not equipped to promise 24/7 coverage, but if you call the office or email us and leave a message, we will have someone get back to you with the information you need. Church Office: 466-2051
Come to a meeting! Celebrate Recovery has a variety of meetings throughout the week, and we invite you to join us there. We can help!
Something to Consider Right Now!
We understand that "solutions" are as varied as the problems they involve. Please keep in mind what Celebrate Recovery can and cannot do.:
Celebrate Recovery Small Groups can:
Provide you with a safe place to share your experiences, strengths and hopes with others.
Provide you with a leader who has gone through the 12-Steps and will facilitate the group as it focuses on a particular Step each week. The leader will also keep Celebrate Recovery's "FIVE GUIDELINES."
Provide you with the opportunity to find an accountability partner or sponsor.
Celebrate Recovery Small Groups will not:
Attempt to offer any professional clinical advice. Our leaders are not counselors.
Allow its members to attempt to fix one another.
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.
-- Reinhold Niebuhr
- January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- January 27 @ 6:30 pm - 8:55 pm
- January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- February 3 @ 6:30 pm - 8:55 pm
- February 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
- February 10 @ 6:30 pm - 8:55 pm