Lesson #4 – SANITY
“We were really crushed and overwhelmed, and feared we would never live through it. We felt we were doomed to die and saw how powerless we were to help ourselves; but that was good, for then we put everything into the hands of God.” 2 Corinthians 1: 8 – 9 [TLB]
Insanity has been defined as “doing the same thing over an over again, expecting a different result each time.” Sanity has been defined as “wholeness of mind; making decisions based on the truth.” Jesus is the only Higher Power who offers us this truth and the power that’s necessary to confront our hurts, habits, and hang-ups and choose the path of recovery.
When we accept Jesus, we receive strength to face the fears that, in the past, have caused us to fight, flee, or freeze. Relying on our own power and strength is what got us to this point in the first place, so it would be insanity to continue on the same path, expecting a different outcome, right?
The Lord is faithful, and when we accept and acknowledge Him as our Savior, we are guaranteed His protection and His presence with us in times of trial. We’re looking forward to this week as we learn ways to stop the insanity of our past behaviors and thought processes and allow the Lord to restore us to sanity as only He can!
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear.” Psalm 46:1
Principle 3: Consciously choose to commit my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
“Happy are the meek.” Matthew 5:5
Step 3: We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills 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
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Where: 5101 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, Fl. 33611 (Ballast Point Campus) On the 3rd floor in Room A-200
When: Wednesday evenings
Need more information use the contact us above to send an email or just show up Wednesday evening
Child care provided**.
**Please try and let us know ahead of time if you have an infant so we can aid in getting them the care they need we are limited on workers that help so it would require knowing ahead of time if we need to get more. Also please register any school aged children with Awana. Middle school ministry (Rise) meets that evening as well. Any questions email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the Journey Continues.
The original Step Study Celebrate Recovery Participant Guides (Books 1-4) are now called, The Journey Begins. Nothing has changed in these guides and these are the guides that should be used for people who are entering their first Step Study.
Did you know that God has used these four books to reach more than 3.5 million people as they have traveled the road to recovery.
Chances are, being a part of Celebrate Recovery, you have gone through the first 4 participant guides at least once, perhaps multiple times.
“The Journey Continues” (Books 5-8) is designed for people who have done at least one Step Study, completed The Journey Begins (Books 1-4), and preferably taken some time to apply the Principles and truths they have learned to their lives.
That means the new curriculum has…
Brand new acrostics,
Brand new questions,
Hundreds of Bible verses.
CURRENT STUDIES ON SUNDAY’S!
The Journey Begins.
**This study closes out after Sunday 3/5**
Where: 5101 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, Fl. 33611 (Ballast Point Campus) 2nd floor, Women’s in room B-207 Men’s in Room B-208.
When: Sunday Mornings
Need more information use the contact us above to send an email or just show up Sunday morning.
Child care provided
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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