In addition to the Celebrate Recovery Bible, our rehab center also uses the Celebrate Recovery Participant Guides. Additional books that are used is the Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and Life’s Healing Choices by John Baker.
The Celebrate Recovery Program uses the traditional 12 Steps and they are accompanied by 12 Biblical comparisons for each step. In addition to the 12 Steps, we use 8 Principles based on The Beatitudes which are found in The Bible in the Book of Matthew 5:3-12. Celebrate Recovery also uses the complete version of the Serenity Prayer.
Here is a closer look at each of the components to Celebrate Recovery:
Celebrate Recovery Bible
Unlike any other recovery Bible, this one is designed to walk you step-by-step through the recovery process mapped out in the Celebrate Recovery program. The Celebrate Recovery Bible offers help and hope for those seeking to break free from life’s hurts, habits and hang-ups. The Celebrate Recovery Bible is a wonderful tool to guide you on a spiritual journey to recovery. From the front to the back, it is filled with information to encourage and help you deal with your struggles. There are lessons on Denial, Hope, Confession, Victory, Forgiveness, Grace, Gratitude, and many more, using the scriptures as the basis for each lesson. Throughout the book are character studies on different men and women of the Bible, helping you to relate to their struggles and apply it to today’s circumstances. There are recovery stories, testimonies of what God has done in the lives of those who struggled with all types of issues. In the back are 30 days of devotions. It is an NIV translation and very easy to read.
Participant Guides for Celebrate Recovery
Participant Guide #1 – Stepping out of Denial and into God’s Grace
The first Participant Guide works through the first 3 Principles of the Celebrate Recovery Program (see below for a list of all 8 Principles). In Principle 1, we begin to look at the toll that denial has had on our ability to face the reality of our past Celebrate Participant Guide 1Celebrate Participant Guide 1and present. Then we admit that we are powerless over certain areas of our lives, and that, alone, we do not have the power to control them. In Principle 2, we find hope that esus Christ can restore us to Sanity and that through Him we can find the power to help us recover. And in Principle 3, we take the action to turn our lives and our wills over to His care and direction.
Participant Guide #2 – Taking an Honest and Spiritual Inventory
The second Participant Guide works through Principles 4-5. In Principle 4, we openly examine and confess our faults to ourselves, to God and to someone we trust. In Principle 5, we voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. It is very important to make sure that you have a sponsor before you start working through this Participant Guide.
Participant Guide #3 – Getting right with God, Yourself, and Others
The third Participant Guide works through Principle 6. Principle 6 will show you how to make amends and offer forgiveness so that you can be a model of God’s grace as you get right with yourself and others. Remember that you are to continue to work with a sponsor as you work through this Participant Guide.
Participant Guide #4 – Growing in Christ while Helping Others
The fourth Participant Guide works through Principles 7 – 8. Principle 7 is where you learn to take a daily inventory. You learn that the best way to prevent a relapse is to continue to grow in Christ and have an “attitude of gratitude”. Principle 8 shows you how important it is to give back to others what you have learned in your journey.
Life’s Healing Choices by John Baker
This book was written by John Baker who started Celebrate Recovery at Saddleback church in Lake Forest, California. Life’s Healing Choices offers freedom from our hurts, hang-ups, and habits through eight healing choices that promise true happiness and life transformation. Each chapter corresponds with the Eight Principles of the Celebrate Recovery Program and also has 16 life-changing stories of people who have completed the 8 biblical principles of the program. Life’s Healing Choices will guide you to focus on the future so that you can depend on God’s healing to help you. It will help you to accept personal responsibility. It will help you to make a spiritual commitment and it will inspire you to say “yes” to a call of action in working with others.
Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
The Purpose Driven Life was written by Rick Warren, Pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California. This book tells you that the most important question you can ask in life is – what is my purpose? Why am I here? What on earth am I here for? But it’s not about you. If you want to know why you were put on this planet you’ve got to look at God, not yourself.
The 12 Steps and Their Biblical Comparisons
Listed below are the 12 Steps and their Biblical Comparisons, the 8 Principles of the Celebrate Recovery Program based on the Beatitudes and the full version of the Serenity Prayer.
1. 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. (Romans 7:18)
2. 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. (Philippians 2:13)
3. We made a decision to turn our wills 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. (Romans 12:1)
4. 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. (Lamentations 3:40)
5. We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature off our wrongs.
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. (James 5:16)
6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. (James 4:10)
7. 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. (1John 1:9)
8. 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. (Luke 6:31)
9. We make 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. (Matthew 5:23-24)
10. We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong we promptly admitted it.
So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! (1 Corinthians 10:12)
11. 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.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. (Colossians 3:16)
12. Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to 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. (Galatians 6:1)
8 Principles Based on the Beatitudes
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
Happy are the meek.
4. Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.
Happy are the pure in heart.
5. 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.
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. Happy are the peacemakers.
7. 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.
8. 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.
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.