This past week, we celebrated the one year mark of our Celebrate Recovery ministry. It has been such a great ministry, and God has blessed in so many ways. I want to say a huge “Thank You” to all those who have helped keep things running weekly. Our leadership team has been unbelievably instrumental. We have also had over 40 people volunteer to bring snacks and help with childcare. I am so thankful to the selfless, servant attitudes from everyone involved.
As I thought about it, I realized that some might not be familiar with Celebrate Recovery. So I thought I’d share the basis for the ministry.
Everything we do is Christ centered and based on scripture. Most of the lessons come from the Sermon on the Mount and the Beautitudes.
CR is forward-looking. God is much more concerned about our future than our past. Rather than wallowing in the past, or dredging up painful memories, Celebrate Recovery focuses on the future. Regardless of what has already happened, the solution is to start making wise choices now and depend on Christ’s power to help you make those changes.
CR emphasizes personal responsibility. Instead of being the victim, this program helps people face up to their own poor choices and deal with what they can do something about. We cannot control all that happens to us. But we can control how we respond to everything.
CR emphasizes spiritual commitment to Jesus Christ. Lasting recovery cannot happen without this step. Everybody needs Jesus. We also recognize the biblical truth that we need each other in order to grow spiritually and emotionally. It is built around small group interaction and the fellowship of a caring community.
CR addresses all types of habits, hurts, and hang-ups. Some recovery programs deal only with alcohol or drugs or another single problem. Celebrate Recovery is a “large umbrella” enabling participants to deal with a limitless number of issues.
Please continue to pray for this powerful ministry, and if you know of someone that is struggling, please send them our way. We meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.
I’m so thankful to be a part of this church,