What is Celebrate Hope?
Celebrate Hope is a Christ-centered recovery ministry that helps adults overcome hurtful behaviors and painful memories. The goal is to become more Christ-like in all areas of our lives. We teach you how to overcome by learning God’s principles on how to deal with these challenges.
When and Where does Celebrate Hope meet?
We meet every Wednesday Night at Hope Assembly Church. It usually begins around 7 pm.
If you have any questions feel free to contact Bro. Keith Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org
**Childcare is provided if needed**
What Celebrate Hope is NOT:
- A Therapy Group
- A quick fix
- A place for secrets
- A place to judge others
- A place for selfish control
- A place to find a date
Eight Recovery Principles Based on The Beatitudes:
- Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable.
- Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover.
- Consciously choose to commit all my life & will to Christ’s care & control.
- Openly examine & confess my faults to God, myself, & someone I trust.
- Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.
- 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.
- 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 gain the power to follow His will.
- Yield myself to be used by God to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words.
The Twelve Steps:
- We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable. (Rom. 7:18)
- We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. (Phil. 4:13)
- We made a decision to turn our will over to God’s care. (Rom. 12:1)
- We made a searching moral inventory of ourselves. (Lam.3:40)
- We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our wrongs. (James 5:16a)
- We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. (James 4:10)
- We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings. (1 John 1:9)
- We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. (Luke 6:31)
- We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. (Matt. 5:23-24)
- We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it. (1 Cor. 10:12)
- We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and power to carry that out. (Col. 3:16a)
- Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and practice these principles. (Gal. 6:1)
Prayer for Serenity:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and 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, and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.