Celebrate Recovery provides a safe confidential environment to break free from the hurts, habits, and hang ups that hinder us from experiencing the True Joy found in Christ. Those who currently find themselves in the battle or have been there and want to support others can benefit from the experience. Also, if you have been in other 12-step programs and have had a desire to give back this could be the place to serve.
Each week people come to the church on Thursday night from every walk of life. A common thread that is woven in each of these people is a hurt, habit or hang-up in their life and a desire to break free from it through the grace and love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Through this ministry God has drawn men and women from the valleys of their life and given them a glimpse of what community looks like when we let down our guard and enter the battle for each other’s soul. I pray that as you are in the midst of the valley and struggling to see God, you reach out to fellow believers and invite them into the battle with you. Celebrate Recovery is a place where this can begin. Do not let pride stand in the way of experiencing what God has to offer or the call to help others.
For His glory,
Celebrate Recovery (CR) is a biblical and balanced recovery program that helps us overcome our hurts, hang-ups, and habits. The ministry is based on the actual words of Jesus rather than psychological theory.
CR is a program to help those struggling with hurts, habits and hang-ups by showing them the loving power of Jesus Christ through a recovery process. CR is a ministry of Houston’s First Baptist Church and is part of a ministry that is now in over 20,000 churches worldwide!
CR is based on 12 Steps with accompanying Scriptures and 8 Principles based on the Beatitudes in Matthew 5. CR offers participants a clear path of bringing hope, freedom, sobriety, healing, and the opportunity to give back one day at a time through our one and only true Higher Power, Jesus Christ. The 12 Steps and the 8 Principles work seamlessly together, tying historical recovery to timeless Biblical teaching.
If you are hurt, God says. “I
will heal you.”
If you’re confused, God says, “I will lead you.”
If you feel helpless, God says, “I will help you.”
If you feel alone, God says, “I will comfort you.”
If you feel anxious and afraid, God says, “I will offer peace to you.”
CR provides a “safe place” for you to experience God’s healing power, regardless of the emotional, financial, relational, sexual, substance or other issue you may struggle with, issues such as anxiety, worthlessness, chemical dependency, food and weight issues, cutting, anger, childhood abuse, codependency, worry, financial issues, gambling, stress, pornography, perfectionism, divorce, gossip, a need to control others, etc.
You’re probably just like many others who struggle with a hurt, habit or hang-up. Perhaps there’s something that’s controlling your life, a fear, a habit, or an addiction. Maybe it’s a hurt or a betrayal you’ve suffered that you cannot get beyond. You’re not alone. The most frequent thought expressed by newcomers to Celebrate Recovery (CR) is “I thought I was the only one.”
CR program is a place for you to find lasting healing and recovery.
The Bible tells us that “all have sinned.” It is our nature to sin. Because of sin, we’ve all hurt ourselves, we’ve all hurt other people, and others have hurt us. This means we need repentance and recovery in order to live our lives the way God intended.
We need a biblical and balanced program to overcome our hurts, habits and hang-ups, and grow toward full Christlike maturity and live the life God intended for us. CR is that program. It is based on the actual words of Jesus.
There are seven features that make CR unique:
In CR, lives are restored and people are set free from all kinds of sinful habits, hang-ups, and hurts as they allow Jesus to be Lord in every area of their lives.
If you have any questions about the program, contact CRHFBCLOOP@HoustonsFirst.org.
Every Thursday Night — The Loop (Rm 401)
If Thursdays do not fit your schedule, there are Celebrate Recovery meetings at an area church almost every night of the week. To find a meeting near you, click here.
In addition to regular weekly Thursday night Celebrate Recovery meeting, you can opt for a more intense recovery effort by joining a small group for a 9-12 month recovery study. These “Step Study” groups are gender specific and meet once a week, covering 25 lessons in the Celebrate Recovery program. The day of the meeting varies by group, but are most often on Wednesday evenings or Sunday afternoons. This is a more personal and intensive extension of the Thursday night meeting and provides a forum for more concentrated personal recovery work and opportunities to grow in relationships.
For information on Step Study groups, contact the HFBC counseling center at CRHFBCLOOP@HoustonsFirst.org or 713.335.6462, or inquire at the welcome table at the Thursday evening meetings.
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 that they are spiritually poor.”
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.”
Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. “Happy are the meek.”
Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. “Happy are the pure in heart.”
Voluntarily submit to any and all changes 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”
Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others. “Happy are the merciful.” “Happy are the peacemakers”
Reserve a 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.
Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words. “Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.”
For More Information On Celebrate Recovery:
Call: HFBC’s Julianna Poor Memorial Counseling Center at 713.335.6462