God’s Vision for Celebrate Recovery® at Englewood United Methodist Church
To partner with God in transforming people with hurts, habits, and hang-ups from unbelievers to fully devoted disciples of Jesus, to the glory of God.
Every Thursday at 6:30 pm
Ministry Leader: Ted Bump, Worship Leader: Rich Church
Large Group Celebration: 6:30-7:30pm, Sanctuary
Small Groups: 7:45-8:45pm, call the church office at 941.474.5588 Ext. 199 for groups and locations
Children’s Programming will be provided every Thursday night from 6:15-8:45 pm, Infant – Elementary. Check in and registration is just outside the Sanctuary, adjacent to the education wing.
For safety reasons, we use the Kid Check system to sign in and out all children ages new born to 5th grade. To save time, you may register your child(ren) prior to attending. Once you register you can then quickly sign them in or out of any children’s activity. Click here to pre-register your child(ren).
What is Celebrate Recovery?
Celebrate Recovery is a biblical and balanced program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits. It is based on the actual words of Jesus rather than psychological theory. 25 years ago, Saddleback Church launched Celebrate Recovery with 43 people. It was designed as a program to help those struggling with hurts, habits and hang-ups by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through a recovery process. Celebrate Recovery has helped more than 17000 people at Saddleback, attracting over 70% of its members from outside the church. Eighty-five percent of the people who go through the program stay with the church and nearly half serve as church volunteers.
By working through the 12 steps and 8 principles of Celebrate Recovery, we grow spiritually, and we are freed from our hurts, habits, and hang-ups. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most important, a strong relationship with others and our personal, loving and forgiving Higher Power, Jesus Christ.
This is achieved through praise, worship, informative lessons, personal testimonies, fellowship and small groups.
What is a HURT, HABIT, or HANG‑UP?
A hurt, habit, or hang-up is something that hinders your walk with God.
HURTS: The feeling of being hurt is an emotional reaction to another person’s behavior or to a disturbing situation. (ie: abuse, abandonment, codependency, divorce or relationship issues.)
HABITS: A habit is an addiction to someone or something. (ie: alcoholism, drugs, food, gambling, sex, shopping, or smoking.)
HANG-UPS: Hang-ups are negative mental attitudes that are used to cope with people or adversity. (ie: anger, depression, fear, or unforgiveness.)
These life problems can be stumbling blocks or stepping stones. Healing is available through applying the principles of a Bible based recovery process in your life.
8 Recovery Principles:
- 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. “Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.” (Matthew 5:3)
- 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.”
- Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. “Happy are the meek.” (Matthew 5:5)
- Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. “Happy are the pure in heart.” (Matthew 5:8)
- 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.” (Matthew 5:6)
- 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.” (Matthew 5:7) “Happy are the peacemakers.” (Matthew 5:9)
- 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. “Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.” (Matthew 5:10)
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