I have inquired about Stephen Ministry classes at Eastridge and will be getting the application to apply for the classes. I hope to take the 50 hours of Stephen Ministry lessons in August of this year at Eastridge. I am truly looking forward to the classes and hope to be accepted to attend the training so that I may use it with my nursing assistant career to better guide and assist my patients in their day to day recovery. Along with my peers at View Point Health and at New Rock and The Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network where I will be applying for CPS Certified Peer Specialist Certification in July this summer. Hoping to obtain my CPS Certification through the State of Georgia now that I have been in the healthcare world for some time now. Desiring to get involved with singing at Eastridge on Sunday mornings and on Thursday evenings at Celebrate Recovery. I would like to share here the 8 Recovery Principles based on the Beatitudes and The 12 Steps and their Biblical Comparisons.
Character Defects are the Root of our problems. The keyword is change. Romans 12 1, 2
Things that you do that you can learn to change. Change the way you think.
Thoughts become feelings and feelings become actions.
We are transformed by the changing of our minds. Having a Positive Mental Attitude PMA is a plus.
There are three types of character defects including :
Biological , Sociological and Theological
Circumstances and learned behavior do not predict the future. DO NOT camp out in the past.
If you form a habit you get stuck. You are misusing a positive quality.
Some people confuse identity with Character Defects.
Biblical thinking is God’s standards. Purpose in Celebrate Recovery.
Do not skirt around the edges of Recovery. Get in the middle of the bed. Nobody should be left behind. Walk out of hurts, habits and hang – ups that life will throw at you. Dive in deep.
Often the pay off is you mask pain. We give ourselves an excuse to fail and reward our human nature. A nature which desires a pleasurable pay off. It can be self – defeating.
Satan constantly suggests negative thoughts.
Satan is not all knowing but excellent at watching behavior. The Real Big Book states Satan is a liar. Suffering produces endurance and endurance produces character. Character produces hope. The love of God encompasses us.
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. Matthew 5:6 NIV
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 NIV
A. Where do my character defects come from?
Genetics explain predisposition but do not excuse sin.
Character defects are often attempts to fill unmet needs.
Character defects are often positive qualities being misused.
Why is it so hard to change them?
1. Because I have had them for son long.
2. Because I identify with them.
3. Because they have a pay off.
4. Because Satan discourages me.
If there were one character defect I could change that would make an immediate difference in my recovery and life, what would that defect be?
How do I cooperate with God’s change process?
Eight Recovery 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. Step 1. Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor. Matthew 5 : 3
We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behavior, 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. Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him and that He has the power to help me recover. Step 2. Happy are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Matthew 5:4
We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. For it is God who is works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. Philippians 2:13
3. Consciously choose to commit all my lie and will to Christ’s care and control. Step 3. Happy are the meek. Matthew 5:5
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. Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.
Step 4 and 5.
Happy are the pure in hart. Matthew 5:8
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
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. James 5 : 16
5. Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask him to remove my character defects. Steps 6 and 7. Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires. Matthew 5 : 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
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
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. Steps 8 and 9. Happy are the merciful. Happy are the peacemakers. Matthew 5 : 7, 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. Luke 6 : 31
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. Matthew 5 23-24
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. Steps 10 and 11.
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
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
8. Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words. Step 12 Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires. Matthew3 5 : 10
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 may also be tempted. Galatians 6 : 1
On Thursday evenings at Eastridge we have New Hope Diner at 6:00 and Large gathering time at 7:00 in the Sanctuary and then Small group study at 8:00 and coffee and dessert following small group at 9:00.
I would love to have you visit Eastridge. I made a profession of faith and was baptized on April 2nd at Celebrate Recovery for the 3rd time in my life devoting myself once again to the Lord our God and to my church family at Eastridge. Having moved my letter of membership for the first time in over 30 years from Oxford Baptist Chuch in Oxford, Georgia.
Small group guidelines include:
1. Keep your sharing focused on your own thoughts and feelings. Please limit your sharing to 3-5 minutes.
2. Please, no cross talk. Cross talk is when individuals engage in a dialogue, excluding all others. Each person is free to express their feelings without interruption.
3. We are here to support one another. We will not attempt to fix one another.
4. Anonymity and confidentiality are basic requirements. What is shared in the group, stays in the group. The only exception is when someone threatens to injure themselves or others.
5. Offensive language has no place in a Christ centered recovery group.
Celebrate Recovery Eastridge 770-786-2048
Renee Rutledge Director Celebrate Recovery x 233
Colleen Horn Assistant Director Celebrate Recovery x 234
Eastridge is an Elder led church and I am proud to say that I admire and respect the choice of Eastridge being an elder led church as I have been under the mentor of an elder since young adulthood and greatly respect and value this relationship we have shared for many years to present. Loving my home church. Come visit with us at Eastridge. It is promised you will fall in love too with the welcome and warmness.
I am a grateful believer in Jesus Christ sharing in that the “Word became Flesh.”