Lesson #1 – DENIAL
Many thanks to all of you that joined us last week and helped to make our Annual CR Kick-Off such a success! We celebrated what God has done over this past year and also launched a new year of surrendering our lives to God as we seek recovery, support, and encouragement as we work through various struggles, hurts, and habits. CR is a safe place and a support structure where we gather together to share with and support one another, always seeking wisdom from the Lord and the Bible as to how to best navigate difficult issues and circumstances.
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
Upcoming CR Social Events:
Hillsong United Concert: Come enjoy a great night of praise and worship with this amazing band!
When: Saturday, February 13th at 7 p.m.
Where: USF Sundome
Cost: $32 & $37 per ticket. We have a very limited number of tickets, so please don’t wait.
Feel free to bring children and friends that don’t attend CR.
Please email Kendall.email@example.com if you are interested or have any questions.
** Deadline to sign up for this event was January 7th. **
Needs in the Ministry:
The Landing: Please be praying for the need for a male leader within our Middle & High School Ministry.
Coffee House: We are looking for four people to help serve on the coffee house register on a rotation basis, so not every week from 8:30 to 9:00 pm. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to Melissa T. at Ballast Point on Thursday nights.
CR Step Studies:
Men’s Step Study – open
Wednesday evenings @ 6:00 – 7:30 PM
Ballast Point Campus – Room A202
Co-Leaders: Sal & Ed
Ladies Step Study – coming in January
** For more information about open & upcoming Step Studies, click the “Contact Us” link above. **