Principles of Celebrate Recovery
The purpose of Celebrate Recovery is to celebrate God's healing power in our lives through eight recovery principles, and the Christ-centered 12 steps. This experience opens the door to change as we share our experiences, strengths and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God's grace in solving our life problems.
"But Jesus said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
By working through the steps and applying their 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.
8 Principles Based on the Beatitudes
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.
"Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor."
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."
Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ's care and control.
"Happy are the meek."
Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God and to someone I trust.
"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.
"Happy are those who's 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 others, except when to do so would harm them or others.
"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.
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."