This recovery program is based on God’s Word, the Bible.
When Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount, he began by stating “Eight Ways to Be Happy.” Today we call them the Beatitudes. From a conventional viewpoint, most of these statements didn’t make sense. They sounded like contradictions. But when you fully understand what Jesus is saying, you’ll realize that these eight principles are God’s road to recovery, wholeness, growth, and spiritual maturity.
This recovery program is forward-looking.
Rather than wallowing in the past, or dredging up and rehearsing painful memories over and over, Celebrate Recovery focuses on the future. Regardless of what has already happened, the solution is to start making wise choices now and depend on Christ’s power to help me make those changes.
This recovery program emphasizes personal responsibility.
Instead of playing the “accuse and excuse” game of victimization, this program helps people face up to their own poor choices and deal with what they can do something about. We cannot control all that happens to us. But we can control how we respond to everything. That is a secret of happiness. When we stop wasting time fixing the blame, we have more energy to fix the problem. When you stop hiding your own faults and stop hurling accusations at others, then the healing power of Christ can begin working in your mind, will, and emotions.
This recovery program emphasized spiritual commitment to Jesus Christ.
The 3rd principle calls for people to make a total surrender of their lives to Christ. Lasting recovery cannot happen without this step. Everybody needs Jesus. Celebrate Recovery is thoroughly evangelistic in nature. In fact, the first time I took our entire church through this program over 500 people prayed to receiver Christ on a single weekend. It was an amazing spiritual harvest. And during the ten week series that I preached to kick-off this program, our attendance grew by over 1,500 people! Don’t be surprised if this program becomes the most effective outreach ministry in your church. Today, nearly 73% of the people who’ve been through Celebrate Recovery have come from outside our church. Changed lives always attract others who want to be changed.
This recovery program utilizes the biblical truth that we need each other in order to grow spiritually and emotionally.
It is built around small group interaction and the fellowship of a caring community. There are many therapies, growth programs, and counselors today that are built around one-on-one interaction. But Celebrate Recovery is built on the New Testament principle that we don’t get well by ourselves. We need each other. Fellowship and accountability are two important components of spiritual growth. If your church is interested in starting small groups, this is a great way to get started.
This recovery program addresses all types of habits, hurts and hang-ups.
Some recovery programs deal only with alcohol or drugs or another single problem. But Celebrate Recovery is a “large umbrella” program under which a limitless number of issues can be dealt with. At Saddleback Church, only one out of three who attend Celebrate Recovery are dealing with alcohol or drugs. We have dozens of other specialized groups too.
Finally, this recovery program produces lay ministers!
Because Celebrate Recovery is biblical and church-based, it produces a continuous stream of people moving into ministry after they’ve found recovery in Christ. Eighty-five percent of the people who’ve gone through the program are now active members of Saddleback Church, and an amazing 42% are now using their gifts and talents serving the Lord in some capacity in our church.
Celebrate Recovery is a recovery program based on the Word of Jesus Christ and uses the eight recovery principals found in the Be-Attitudes as well as the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to free members of addictive and compulsive behaviors such as drug addiction, alcoholism, sex addiction, food addiction, gambling addiction, unforgiveness, depression, bipolar disorder or any hurt, habit or hangup that keeps us from our relationship with God and others. We have been helping members find freedom from bondage since 2005 in the Wilkes Barre, Kingston, Luzerne, Larksville, Edwardsville, Swoyersville, Forty Fort, Hanover and the entire Scranton Area and have outreach ministries in local institutions and work with area recovery centers such as Luzerne County Prison, Choices Adult Rehab, First Hospital, Salvation Army, Wyoming Valley Rescue Mission. Our members find freedom from all types of addictive and compulsive behavior such as drugs, alcohol, divorce, anger, anxiety, depression, sexual issues, infidelity, co-dependency, etc…