Fellowship First Baptist Church would like to welcome you to Celebrate Recovery
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered recovery program designed to help people address a variety of hurts, habits, and hang-ups. Our weekly format includes worship, teaching and personal recovery experiences, and small group interaction.Celebrate Recovery provides a safe environment for real life change in Jesus Christ, as participants personally work through specific biblically-based recovery steps in the context of Christian community. We recognize the truth that we need each other to grow personally and spiritually.
We open the door to recovery by sharing our experiences, strength and hope with one another. This leads to a greater capacity for accepting God’s grace and movement in our lives as we are working through our issues.
The recovery process enables us to move towards greater freedom from addictive, compulsive and dysfunctional behaviors. The freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and, most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others.
Each club meeting is a 1.5 hour program comprising five segments:If all your pursuits to find life and ease your pain have led to more pain and emptiness, maybe it is time to consider something else. Join us, as together, we pursue real life in Jesus Christ and celebrate the recovery only He can bring through His people and His Word.
Eight Principles of Celebrate Recovery
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”
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 God, to myself, and to another person whom I trust.
“Happy are the pure in heart”
Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life.
“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 when possible, without expecting any reward.
“Happy are the merciful” “Happy are the peacemakers”
Reserve a daily time with God for prayer, Bible reading, and self-examination in order to know God and his will for my life and to gain the power to follow his will.
Yield myself to be used by God 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”
Celebrate Recovery – 12 Steps
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
Participation, Directions and Email
- Dinner 6 – 7 p.m. Solid Rock Cafe
- Large Group 7 – 8 p.m. Sanctuary
- Small Group 8 – 9 p.m. Individual Classes
- Dessert and Coffee 9 – 10 p.m. Solid Rock Cafe
If you have questions, comments or would like directions you can send us an email to Info@Fellowshipfirstbaptistchurch.org. You can also call the Church at 636-677-3014.
What we are:
- A safe place to share.
- 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.
- A place to demonstrate genuine love.
- A place to grow and become strong again.
- A place for progress.
- Where you can take off your mask and allow
- others to know who you are.
- A place for healthy challenges and healthy risks.
- A possible turning point in your life.
What we are NOT:
- A place for selfish control.
- A place for secrets.
- A place to look for dating relationships.
- A place to rescue or be rescued by others.
- A place for perfection.
- A long-term commitment.
- A place to judge others.
- A quick fix
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 started Celebrate Recovery?
John Baker started Celebrate Recovery with the main purpose of being able to talk about Jesus Christ as his Higher Power.
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:
- Are there things in my life that I do that hurt others?
- Is there something I wish I could live without?
- Is it time to crack my denial and admit I am not in control of my life?
- 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.
Does it cost anything to attend?
Fellowship First Baptist does not charge for this ministry.
What is the difference between AA and Celebrate Recovery?
The principle difference between AA (and other Twelve Step programs) and Celebrate Recovery is that Celebrate Recovery focuses on Jesus Christ as the true Higher Power and uses God’s Word as the authority in relation to the Twelve Steps. The Twelve Steps have a Christian heritage as they were modeled after the Oxford Society. In order to reach people who would be offended by Jesus or the church, AA focused on a Higher Power. But Celebrate Recovery’s 8 principals to the road to recovery tie the Twelve Steps to Jesus Christ’s teachings known as the Beatitudes given in The Sermon on the Mount.
Is Celebrate Recovery confidential?
Yes, Celebrate Recovery maintains strict confidentiality. This promotes an atmosphere of trust and enables recovery.
We have a saying that is repeated in every Large Group meeting :
WHO you see here.
WHAT you hear here.
WHEN you leave 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 be a member of Fellowship First Baptist Church to attend?
No, Celebrate Recovery is a ministry for anyone who is interested in a Christ centered recovery program that will enable them to recover from life’s hurts, hang-ups habits and addictions. There are attendees who are not members and/or do not attend Fellowship First Baptist Church. You are welcomed by our loving fellowship of believers to visit with us on Sunday mornings at 10:40 a.m. or come early for Sunday School at 9:15 a.m.
What is a Step Study?
A Step Study is a personal journey through each of these steps in a confidential group lead by a facilitator. We use Celebrate Recovery’s four participants books. When you finish the study you will have worked your hurts, habits, and hang-ups through each step. A Step Study is a long-term commitment to the members of the group. It will typically take 12 months to complete the study. We do have guidelines for the groups that are strictly followed.
Do I have to share?
In the Issue 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. In the Step Studies everyone is required to share as the questions are answered.
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.