Easter is all about hope. The hope of victory over sin, evil, death, Satan and all the bad consequences those things have caused in our lives. Easter is about reconciling the human race to it’s Creator through the Redeemer.
The following is an abbreviated 12 Step recovery process that Celebrate Recovery uses to disciple people who suffer from unresolved hurts, hang-ups or habits. As it turns out, this is everybody!
As Hebrews 4:15 states, “For we do not have a high priest who unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet without sin.”
Jesus led the way by His example.
Admit powerlessness – Jesus made Himself nothing [Phil 2:5-11]
Believe in a power greater – Jesus entrusted Himself to the Father [1 Pet 2:23]
Make a decision to turn – Jesus chose to rely entirely on His Father [Mt 26:39]
Take an inventory – Jesus became sin for us [2 Cor 5:19-21]
Submit to every change – Jesus learned obedience through the things He suffered [Heb 5:7-10]
Forgive and make amends – Jesus forgave those who hurt and killed Him [Lk 23:34]
Time with God daily – Jesus often went to be alone and prayed [Mk 1:35]
Yield to God to be used – Jesus was sent by the Father [Jn 20:21]
Hebrews 4 goes on to say in verse 15, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
Celebrate Recovery meets every Friday evening beginning with dinner at 6. Everyone is welcome. We all have some hurt, hang-up or habit that haunts us and steals the peace and joy Christ wants for each of us.
I was one of the people who introduced CR at Pleasant Valley 7 years ago so that I could help “those” people… I soon found out I was and am one of “those” people. So, if you want to, please do just come to help “those” people and perhaps you’ll learn as I did that you are one of “those” people, too.
Don’t let your pride get in the way of experiencing all that Christ died and rose from the dead for you to experience.
Celebrate Easter Recovery!