Celebrate Recovery

Eight R.E.C.O.V.E.R.Y Principles

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. 
     "Blessed are the poor in spirit:"  Matthew 5:3a

Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover.
     "Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." 
Matthew 5:4

Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ's care and control.
     "Blessed are the meek:" Matthew 5:5a

Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.
     "Blessed are the pure in heart:" Matthew 5:8a

Voluntarily submit to any and all changes God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects. 
     "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:" Matthew 5:6a

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.
     "Blessed are the merciful:" Matthew 5:7a; "Blessed are the 
peacemakers:" Matthew 5:9a 

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.

Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words. (Step 12)
     "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:10

"More than a place, a Family"

Schedule for Tonight:
6:00 – 6:40    Fellowship Meal
6:45 – 7:00    Clean-Up
7:00 – 8:00    Large Group
8:00 – 8:45    Small Groups

This Celebrate Recovery is a ministry of:
Fellowship Baptist Church
5940 Massachusetts Avenue  New Port Richey, Florida 34652
727 848 4593
Pastor Joshua Martin - fbapastor@fbanpr.org


You are invited to join us for:
Sunday Small Groups: 9:30 am
Sunday Worship: 10:30am & 6pm
Wednesday Bible Study: 7pm

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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 reasonable happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next.


--- Reinhold Niebuht

12 Steps and Biblical Comparisons

1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing:. Romans 7:18a

2. We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians 2:13 

3. We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  Romans 12:1 

4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD. Lamentations 3:40 

5. We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. James 5:16a 

6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall 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 to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 

8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. Luke 6:31 

9. We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. Matthew 5:23-24 

10. We continue to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he 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 in all wisdom. Colossians 3:16a 

12. Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and practice these principles in all our affairs.
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Galatians 6:1