An anonymous, confidential, safe place to share your experience, strength, and hope with others who are struggling with the same issues. A leader who has gone through a similar hurt, habit, or hang-up facilitates the group as it focuses on a particular step each week. It is also a tried-and-true plan of recovery for whatever struggle you are facing and an opportunity to share what Jesus Christ has done in your life. Celebrate Recovery is a place to be who you are and celebrate God’s Love for you!
A place to judge others, “fix” others, engage in gossip, feel shame, have secrets, or a place to meet dating partners.
The purpose of CELEBRATE RECOVERY is to encourage men and women to fellowship and celebrate God’s healing power in our lives as we work our way along the road to recovery.We open the door by sharing our experiences, strengths and hopes with one another. By working the steps and applying their biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually and eventually become free from our hurts, habits and hang-ups. This freedom creates joy, peace, and, most importantly, a stronger personal relationship with others and our loving and forgiving Higher Power, Jesus Christ.
HEALING FOR HURTS, HABITS, AND HANGUPS
Sunday morning at church. Perfectly primped, prepared, and ready to meet and greet others with that oh-so-proper smile on the face, hiding the turmoil underneath. Putting on the mask of perfection that hides the depression, anxiety, or addiction that we don't want others to see at church because we've been taught that God's house is not the place to air "dirty laundry." We walk into the sanctuary and only half-heartedly worship the Father because our minds are clouded and our attention is swayed by the weight of our problems. But church is not meant to be a hotel for saints…it was designed to be a hospital for sinners! Jesus called believers to reach out to each other to empower recovery from life's hurts, habits, and hang-ups. To this end, Riverwoods Church has joined over 13,000 churches around the world in offering CELEBRATE RECOVERY (CR), a Christ-centered, Bible-based, 8 principle, 12-step recovery program designed to help people connect with God and others in a fresh, new way and experience healing and hope. Look around you. Chances are, you know someone who could benefit from the power of participation in CELEBRATE RECOVERY. Perhaps that someone is YOU!
Regardless of the problem—whether emotional, financial, spiritual, relational, sexual, chemical, or other—the steps to recovery are the same. Each of us needs repentance and recovery in order to live our lives the way God intended. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God...The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 3:23 and 6:23)