The purpose of Blue Springs Christian Church’s Celebrate Recovery is to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives through eight principles and the Christ-centered 12 steps. This experience allows us to be changed. We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths, and hopes with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our life problems.
By working the steps and applying their biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually. We become free from our addictive, compulsive, and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with God and others.
As we progress through the principles we discover our personal, loving, and forgiving Higher Power—Jesus Christ.
What is Celebrate Recovery?
Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered and Bible-based 12 Step Recovery Program called to focus on God’s healing power through fellowship with others. By working the 12 Steps and the 8 Beatitude Principles, we open up, share experiences and explore hope. In this way, we become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our problems.
How does Celebrate Recovery work?
This proven recovery system uses the traditional methods of recovery groups, sponsors, accountability partners and special occasions to build recovery for those struggling with addictive habits, codependency, childhood hurts and other life experiences that affect our peace. In Celebrate Recovery groups study, pray, share and take the steps necessary to experience a better life.
Who needs Celebrate Recovery?
Anyone can participate in Celebrate Recovery. Anyone ready to start a new life; You don’t have to be a member of Blue Springs Christian Church to attend…everyone is welcome – you don’t even have to be going to a church anywhere to attend.
Is Celebrate Recovery a Safe Place?
Celebrate Recovery is a place where you can…
- Share, find refuge and belong
- Give and receive caring
- Practice respect
- Be assured of confidentiality
- Take off your mask and be “true self”
- Find an accountability partner or sponsor
- Grow strong again
- Learn vital life lessons
- Dare to take healthy risks
- Decide to change your life
- Celebrate Recovery is not a place where you can practice selfish control of others, get therapy, keep secrets, look for dating partners, judge others, or find a quick fix
Who leads Celebrate Recovery?
Celebrate Recovery is conducted by Christians who have been through 12-step recovery themselves. They understand. They’ve “been there/done that”. Our choices cause painful and lingering consequences, leading to guilt, remorse, grief and shame. These folks can truly understand and lead others.
What’s the magic Celebrate Recovery formula?
Maybe you are wondering why Celebrate Recovery is so successful in hundreds of churches across the land. There are three reasons why this approach is special:
- Jesus Christ is the “Higher Power”
- Recovery groups are led by real people who have been through recovery with Him
- The Principles and methods applied are built upon Biblical truths
When & Where is it?
Celebrate Recovery meets every Friday evening at 7:00 pm at Blue Springs Christian Church
7920 S. 7 Hwy Blue Springs, MO 64014 (4.5 miles South of I-70)
For more information please email Jenny Clark or call 816-229-7311 x230.
Does it cost anything to attend?
No. It’s free.
The Road to Recovery
8 Principles Based on the Beatitudes
R = realize that I am 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 know they are spiritually poor.”
E = earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover.
“Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”
C = consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
“Happy are the meek”
O = openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.
“Happy are the pure in heart.”
V = voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.
“Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires.”
E = 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.
“Happy are the merciful.” “Happy are the peacemakers.”
R = 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.
Y = 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.”
Prayer for Serenity
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 one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is; not as I would have it; trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to your will; so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next.
12 Steps in their Biblical Comparisons
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)
Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. “For it is God who is at work in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13)
Made a decision to turn our life and our will 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)
Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:40)
Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our wrongs. “Therefore confess your sins to each other, and pray for each other, so that you may be healed.” (James 5:16a)
Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. “Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up.” (James 4:10)
Humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1John 1:9)
Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31)
Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the alter and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there in front of the alter. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23-24)
Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it. “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.”
Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and 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 may be tempted.” (Galatians 6:1)