First Baptist Church of Bandera
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Loving God, Loving People, and Making Disciples!

Information on Celebrate Recovery

Our Purpose:
The purpose of Celebrate Recovery is to provide a safe and healthy atmosphere in which we face and overcome our hurts, habits and hang-ups. We examine our past, our today and our future by applying the eight Recovery Principles and the Christ-Centered twelve Steps. In applying these Biblical Truths we begin to overcome our flaws through God’s Grace, strengthening and deepening our relationship with God and others. Through Jesus Christ, the Only Higher Power, we grow through these steps, freeing us and creating serenity, peace, purpose and joy.
 
Directions:
From Pipe Creek: Take SH 16 North into Bandera; turn right onto 13th St. Go 2 blocks, turn left into 12th St. parking lot.
From Medina: Take SH 16 South into Bandera; turn left onto Pecan St. Go 1 block, turn left onto 12th. St. Turn into parking lot.
From Hondo: Take SH 173 North into Bandera; turn right onto Pecan St. Go 1 block, turn left onto 12th. St. Turn into parking lot.
 
Prayer for Serenity:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can & 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 & supremely happy with You forever in the next. AMEN!!  
Reinhold Niebuhr
 
Twelve Steps & their Biblical Comparisons:
1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions & compulsive behavior, that our lives had become unmanageable. “I know that nothing good lives within 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
2. We 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
3. We made a decision to turn our lives & our wills over to the care of God. “Therefore, I urge you, my 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
4. We made a searching & fearless moral inventory of ourselves. “Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.” Lamentations 3:40
5. We admitted to God, 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 5:16
6. We 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
7. We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
8. We made a list of al 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
9. We would make 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 altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift at the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24
10. We continued to take personal inventory & when we were wrong, promptly admitted it. “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall.” 1 Cori. 10:12
11. We sought through prayer & meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us & the power to carry that out. “Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.” Col. 3:16
12. Having had a spiritual experience as a result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others & to 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 also be tempted.” Gal. 6:1
 
Small Group Guidelines:
1. Keep your sharing focused on your own thoughts & feelings. Please limit your sharing to 3-5 minutes.
2. There will be no crosstalk, please. Crosstalk is when two individuals engage in a dialogue, excluding all others. Each person is free to express their feelings without interruption.
3. We are here to support one another. We will not attempt to fix one another.
4. Anonymity and confidentiality are basic requirements. What is shared in the group stays in the group! The only exception is when someone threatens to injure themselves or others.
5. Offensive language has no place in a Christ-Centered recovery group. This includes graphic descriptions. 
 
The Road to Recovery: 8 Recovery Principles, based on the Beatitudes,
by Pastor Rick Warren
R ealize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing & that my life is unmanageable. “Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.” Matthew 5:3
E arnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him & that He has the power to help me recover. “Happy are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
C onsciously choose to commit all my life & will to Christ’s care & control. “Happy are the meek.” Matthew 5:5
O penly examine & confess my faults to myself, to God & to someone I trust. “Happy are the pure in heart.” Matthew 5:8
V oluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life & humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. “Happy are those whose greatest Desire is to do what God Requires.” Matthew 5:6
E valuate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me & make amends for harm I’ve done Except when to do so would cause harm. “Happy are the merciful.” Matthew 5:7 “Happy are the peacemakers .” Matthew 5;8
R eserve a daily time with God for self-examination, Bible reading & prayer in order to know God & His will for my life & gain the power to follow His will.
Y ield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example & by my words. “Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.” Matthew 5:10
 
Come as you are! “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor. 2:19