What is Celebrate Recovery?
The purpose of Celebrate Recovery is to fellowship and celebrate the healing power of Jesus Christ in our lives through the 8 Recovery Principles found in the Beatitudes and the Christ-centered 12-Steps.
This experience allows us to be changed. We open the door by sharing our experience, strength, and hope with one another. In addition, we become willing to accept God’s grace in solving our life problems. By working the Christ-centered steps and applying their biblical principles, we begin to grow spiritually and we become free from our addictive, compulsive, and dysfunctional behaviors. This freedom creates peace, serenity, joy, and most importantly a stronger personal relationship with God and others.
As we progress through the principles and the steps we discover our personal, loving, and forgiving Higher Power: Jesus Christ.
But is C.R. for me?
At Imago Dei we believe we were created in the image of God. Created for love, purpose, and community.
But the truth is that we have all created unhealthy methods for handling life. Some of us are painfully aware of how our addictions and compulsions have kept us in a place of pain by ruining our destiny, destroying our relationships and robbing us of peace. Others of us have maintained a degree of functionality, but behind the mask we don't actually "have it all together;" we feel alone, afraid and unsure of how to overcome our hidden hurts and habits.
There is hope. There is more freedom. By coming into the light in the safety of the Celebrate Recovery community, Jesus Christ and his power can set us free as we do our part in working the steps of recovery. Feel unsure? Give it a try. What have you got to lose?
Join us for C.R. at 6:00 pm every Friday at Imago Dei
56 Center Street, Bangor
Aaron, CR Leader
Aaron serves in various leadership roles at Imago Dei. His story of addiction and redemption sets the tone for much of his ministry; he serves as the ministry leader for the Celebrate Recovery program.
We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors. That our lives had become unmanageable.
I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature, for I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God.
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–
this is your spiritual act of worship.
We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD.
We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being, the exact nature of our wrongs.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.
We're entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.
We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:9
We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Do to others as you would have them do to you.
We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,
leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.
We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!
1 Corinthians 10:12
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.
Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly.
Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others, and practice these principles in all our affairs.
Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.