Lesson #24 – YES
Thursday Night we’re going to talk about recycling—recycling our pain by allowing God’s fire and light to shine on it, to melt down our old hurts, habits, and hang-ups so they can be used again in a positive way. They can be recycled to show others how we worked the principles and steps with Jesus’ healing into the solution and how we have come through the darkness of our pain into Christ’s glorious freedom and light.
Society tells us that pain is useless. In fact, people are coming to believe that people in pain are useless! At Celebrate Recovery, we know that pain has value, as do the people who experience it. So while the world says no, Thursday Night we say yes!
All service ranks the same with God. You can say “Y-E-S” to Principle 8 in many ways!
Be an accountability partner. Find someone in your small group who agrees to encourage and support you as you work through the principles. You agree to do the same for that person. You hold one another accountable for working an honest program.
Be a sponsor. Sponsors are people who have worked the steps. Their job is to guide newcomers on their journey through the steps, to give a gentle nudge when they are procrastinating or to slow them down when they are rushing through a step. Sponsors do so by sharing their personal journey on their road to recovery.
Become a greeter. They welcome and provide directions for newcomers. They provide the newcomer with the important first impression of Celebrate Recovery!
Help with the Cashier or Coffee House. You need to arrive to help set up. If you can’t get here early, stay a few minutes after to help clean up. You can bake a cake.
Help set up the Small Group Rooms.
Help with the Kitchen. We need help with set-up, clean-up, and everything in between.
Invite someone to CR.
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.” Matthew 5:10
Step 12: 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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