Getting Right with God, Yourself, and Others Participant's Guide 3 : A Recovery Program Based on Eight Principles from the Beatitudes
Drawn from the Beatitudes, Celebrate Recovery helps people resolve painful problems in the context of the church as a whole. Rather than setting up an isolated recovery community, it helps participants and their churches come together and discover new levels of care, acceptance, trust, and grace.
A Program for Implementing a Christ-Centered Recovery Ministry in Your Church Alcoholism - Divorce - Sexual Abuse - Codependency - Domestic Violence - Drug Addiction - Sexual Addiction - Food Addiction - Gambling Addiction and many more! There is a way the church can help the hurting move beyond their wounds to experience the healing and forgiveness of Christ. Since 1991, more than 200,000 people have participated in the Celebrate Recovery programs offered at more than 3,500 churches, prisons, and rescue missions. Drawn from the Beatitudes, Celebrate Recovery helps people resolve painful problems in the context of the church as a whole. Newly updated, the kit includes: *1 20-minute DVD introductory guide for leaders *1 leader's guide *1 of each participant's guide (4 total) *CD-ROM with 25 lessons *CD-ROM with sermon transcripts and reproducible promotional materials *4-volume audio CD sermon series "And then there's pastor John Baker, the founder of Celebrate Recovery... Big John and I shared something in common. We used to drink too much. And our hearts changed, and then we quit.
That is a tried-and-true formula. The problem is government is not good at changing hearts. But people like John Baker have been good about it and successful doing that." --President George W. Bush on Celebrate Recovery and its founder, John Baker, at the Faith- Based and Community Initiatives Conference, March 3, 2004.
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August 31, 2005
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Excerpt from Getting Right with God, Yourself, and Others Participant's Guide 3 by Rick Warren
Lesson 1Principle 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.DenialStep 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 Ihave the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.Romans 7:18IntroductionTonight we begin a journey together, a journey down the road of recovery.This journey begins with Principle 1, where we admit that we are powerlessto control our tendency to do the wrong thing and that our lives havebecome unmanageable, out of control. But before we begin this excitingjourney together, we need to ask ourselves two questions:- Am I going to let my past failures prevent me from taking this journey?- Am I afraid to change? Or, what are my fears of the future?Failures from the PastLet''s look at Hebrews 12:1 (TLB):Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands,let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especiallythose sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up;and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us.There are two things I would like to point out in this verse. First, Godhas a particular race, a unique plan, for each of us. A plan for good, not a lifefull of dependencies, addictions, and obsessions.The second thing is that we need to be willing to get rid of all the unnecessary baggage, the past failures, in our lives that keep us stuck. Again, it says,"Let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up."For many of us, our past hurts, hang-ups, and habits hold us back, tripus up! Many of us are stuck in bitterness over what someone has done tous. We continue to hold on to the hurt and we refuse to forgive the ones whohad hurt us.You may have been hurt deeply. Perhaps you were abused as a child, ormaybe you were or are in a marriage where your spouse committed adultery.I want you to know that I hurt for you. I''m truly sorry for you, sorry thatyou had to go through that hurt. But holding on to that hurt and not beingwilling to forgive the person who hurt you in the past is allowing them tocontinue to hurt you today, in the present.Working this Christ-centered recovery program will, with God''s power,allow you to find the courage and strength to forgive them. Now don''t getall stressed out. You don''t have to forgive them tonight! But as you traveldown your road to recovery, God will help you find the willingness to for-give them and be free of their hold on your life.Some of you are bound by guilt. You keep beating yourself up over somepast failure. You''re trapped, stuck in your guilt. You think that no one any-where is as bad as you are, that no one could love the real you, and that noone could ever forgive you for the terrible things that you have done.You''re wrong. God can. That''s why Jesus went to the cross, for our sins.He knows everything you''ve ever done and everything you''ve ever experienced.And there are many here tonight that have faced similar failures and hurts intheir life and have accepted Christ''s forgiveness. They are here to encourageand support you.The apostle Paul had a lot to regret about his past. He even participated inStephen''s murder. Yet in Philippians 3:13 (TLB) he tells us, "No, dear brothers, I am still not all I should be but I am bringing all my energies to bear on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead."Here''s the bottom line if you want to be free from your past hurts, hang-ups,and habits: You need to deal with your past bitterness and guilt onceand for all. You need to do as Isaiah 43:18 tells us, "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past." That does