This Thursday is Lesson #1 – DENIAL
This week, we once again set out on the road to recovery together. We begin with Principle 1, where we first admit that we are powerless to control our urge to do the wrong thing, even when we want to do what is right. As we set out, we will undoubtedly come across people and other obstacles that will attempt to hold us back from walking the path that God has laid out for us. At Celebrate Recovery, we seek to hold one another accountable to pushing those things–past hurts, harmful habits, unhealthy fears, etc.–aside so that we might seek and gain victory over the obstacles in our lives. Join us this week as we discuss healthy coping skills to overcome these road blocks along our road to recovery.
“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 especially those 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.” Hebrews 12:1 (TLB)
Principle 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 are persecuted because they do what God requires.” Matthew 5:3
Step 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
Thursday Night’s Dinner: Reed is cooking Ham, Potatoes, & Cabbage. Yea, Thank you Reed!
NEW STEP STUDIES ON SUNDAY’S!
Where: 5101 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, Fl. 33611 (Ballast Point Campus)
When: January 15th
What is a Step Study?
Celebrate Recovery uses 8 principles & the 12 steps along with their related Scriptures as the Biblical model for living your life. A Step Study is a personal journey through each of these steps in a confidential group led by a facilitator who has completed a study. The group is open for newcomers to join until the group reaches the fourth step, when the group is closed for the duration of the steps.
We use Celebrate Recovery’s four participant workbooks. When you finish the study, you will have worked your hurts, habits, and hang-ups through each of the 8 principles & 12 steps. A Step Study is a long-term commitment to the members of the group. We do follow guidelines to keep the group’s trust. Step Study meetings are gender-specific and meet on different days than the main Celebrate Recovery Thursday evenings.
Celebrate Recovery strongly encourages the use of a sponsor and accountability partners when working these steps to recovery.
What is a sponsor?
A sponsor in Celebrate Recovery is someone who has completed the four participant’s guides. He or she has worked through the 8 principles and the 12 steps. The main goal of this relationship is to choose someone to guide you through the program.
What is an accountability partner?
An accountability partner is someone you ask to hold you accountable for certain areas of your recovery or issues, such as attendance, journaling, and so forth. This person can be at the same level of recovery as you are.
What is the difference between a sponsor and an accountability partner?
Sponsors should be trained and have completed the 8 principles or 12 steps. The main goal of this relationship is to encourage one another. You can form an accountability team of three or four. The accountability partner or group acts as the ‘team’, whereas the sponsor’s role is that of a ‘coach’.
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Large Group Schedule of Lessons & Testimonies:
January 19th: Step 1, Principle 1, Lesson 1, “DENIAL.”
January 26th: Testimony
February 2nd: Lesson #2 “POWERLESS”
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