Journey of Recovery
Our group’s mission is to develop and maintain an atmosphere in which Christians who struggle with addictions and compulsive behaviors can receive both biblical instruction and the emotional support they need to overcome their dependencies and obsessive habits. Members will be able to share openly without the fear of being judged in a place where they will feel safe due to the assurance of confidentiality and anonymity.
The Journey of Recovery is based on the truth of the power of God to heal us. The goal of this program is for people to work through the eight recovery principles found in Beatitudes and the Christ-centered 12 steps to achieve spiritual and emotional change and maturity.
The Journey of Recovery will provide an opportunity for Christians with hurts, hang-ups, habits, and/or addictions to receive both biblical instruction and emotional support to come out of bondage and overcome their challenges. As a result, they will experience the peace and joy of God through a solid relationship with Jesus and others.
Journey of Recovery Small Group Can:
- Provide you a safe, confidential place to share your experiences, strengths, and hopes with others who are going through a Christ-centered recovery.
- Provide you with a leader who has gone through a similar hurt, hang-up, or habit who will facilitate the group as it focuses on a particular principle each week. The leader will also keep the “six guidelines.”
- Provide you with the opportunity to find an accountability partner or sponsor.
Journey of Recovery Small Group Will Not:
- Attempt to offer any professional clinical advice. Our leaders are not counselors.
- Allow its members to attempt to fix one another.
THE ROAD TO RECOVERY
Eight principles based on the Beatitudes in Matthew, Chap.5:
- 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.
Blessed are those who know they are spiritually poor.
- Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
- Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
Blessed are the meek.
- Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.
Blessed are the pure in heart.
- Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove all my character defects.
Blessed are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires.
- Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others.
Blessed are the merciful. Happy are the peacemakers.
- Reserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading, and prayer in order to know God and His will for my life, and to gain the power to follow His will.
- Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.
Adapted from Celebrate Recovery by Rick Warren. (Zondervan Publishing, 2005)
THE SERENITY PRAYER
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living each day in Your presence, enjoying every moment; accepting pain as part of the journey in this sinful world just as Jesus did. Trusting that our Lord Jesus will make all things right as I surrender to His will, so that I may have the joy that You alone provide to strengthen me each day until the day I live with You in eternity.
Inspired by The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr