“Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered program that helps us deal with life’s “hurts, habits and hang-ups.”

Celebrate Recovery Leader: Ted Stiles  //  (479) 968-1316 // Meeting time: Monday 6:15 p.m.
Dinner: 
5:30pm // Age: All Ages // Location: Fellowship Hall

About Celebrate Recovery

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.

WHO IS CELEBRATE RECOVERY (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 stong 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

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

The entry point for Celebrate Recovery is to come to Monday Night starting at 6:15 p.m. After the worship service we will have you go to a Newcomer group your first meeting. This will give you a feel for what to expect in the small groups. All you have to do is show up and we will walk you thru everything.

HOW DO I GET STARTED?

The entry point for Celebrate Recovery is to come to MondayNight starting at 6:15 p.m. After the worship service we will have you go to a Newcomer group your first meeting. This will give you a feel for what to expect in the small groups. 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 are, and though your issues may be differing 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.

DO I HAVE TO COME FOR THE FULL FOUR HOURS ON MONDAY NIGHTS?

You are not required to attend all four components of Monday night (meal, worship service, open sharing, and fellowship), but we do recommend that you make it a priority. It beats a night out on the town! You will leave charged and refreshed through the fellowship and spiritual healing that come in the context of the Monday night experiences. That being said, we know that life happens and simply ask you to attend what is applicable and convenient for you.

DOES IT COST ANYTHING TO ATTEND?

Celebrate Recovery does not charge for this ministry. Free-will 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 Monday evenings. Prices for these materials range from $6 – $20.

WHAT ARE THE CHIPS, AND WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT?

The chips are simple, round plastic coins that are designed to give each person an opportunity to mark their individual recovery.  If you don’t have an addiction that can be marked by sobriety easily, then we suggest you mark your journey from the day you pick up the blue chip, which is the first chip marking surrender in your life.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A "SPONSOR" AND AN "ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER?"

We cover this topic extensively whenever you join a step study group. However, in short, an accountability partner is anyone that you trust that is on the road with you in life. This person will be one for you to call and check-up with periodically. They can be trusted to point you to truth, to encourage your attendance to meetings, and walk with you on the road to recovery. A sponsor is an accountability partner who has completed the recovery process. Ideally, you want the sponsor to have recovery in issues similar to your own, so they can relate to you and your journey. All accountability partners and sponsors are to be the same gender.

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… (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.

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 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. STAYS HERE. Hear! Hear! 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 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH?

DO I HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH?

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 First Baptist Church. You are welcomed by our loving fellowship of believers to visit with us on any of our additional weekend services.

WHAT IS A STEP STUDY?

The Step Study takes place on a night other than Fridays. Ours usually meet on Wednesday nights to take advantage of child care. Celebrate Recovery uses the Twelve Steps and its related Scripture as the biblical model for living your life. A Step Study is a personal journey though each of these steps in a confidential group lead by a facilitator who has completed a study. 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. After completing the Step Study, we hope you will join with us as we minister to others dealing with their hurts, habits and hang-ups. We do have guidelines for the groups that are strictly followed. Learn more

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. 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.

Principles & Steps:

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)

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