Taking an Honest and Spiritual Inventory Participant's Guide 2: A Recovery Program Based on Eight Principles from the Beatitudes (Celebrate Recovery)

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A Program for Implementing a Christ-Centered Recovery Ministry in Your Church Alcoholism - Divorce - Sexual Abuse - Codependency - Domestic Violence - Drug Addiction - Sexual Addiction - Food Addiction - Gambling Addiction and many more! There is a way the church can help the hurting move beyond their wounds to experience the healing and forgiveness of Christ. Since 1991, more than 200,000 people have participated in the Celebrate Recovery programs offered at more than 3,500 churches, prisons, and rescue missions. Drawn from the Beatitudes, Celebrate Recovery helps people resolve painful problems in the context of the church as a whole. Newly updated, the kit includes: *1 20-minute DVD introductory guide for leaders *1 leader's guide *1 of each participant's guide (4 total) *CD-ROM with 25 lessons *CD-ROM with sermon transcripts and reproducible promotional materials *4-volume audio CD sermon series 'And then there's pastor John Baker, the founder of Celebrate Recovery... Big John and I shared something in common. We used to drink too much. And our hearts changed, and then we quit. That is a tried-and-true formula. The problem is government is not good at changing hearts. But people like John Baker have been good about it and successful doing that.' ---President George W. Bush on Celebrate Recovery and its founder, John Baker, at the Faith- Based and Community Initiatives Conference, March 3, 2004.

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John Baker developed the Celebrate Recovery ministry at Saddleback Church in 1991. He is currently serving there as pastor of Celebrate Recovery and is one of the church's five elders. SPANISH BIO: John Baker es fundador del ministerio 'Celebremos la Recuperacion', un ministerio que nacio del corazon de la iglesia Saddleback. Desde su comienzo, ha sido incorporado por 12,000 iglesias y mas de 500,000 personas han terminado el programa. John empezo sirviendo como pastor laico en Saddleback en 1991; y en el 2001, Rick Warren le pidio a John convertirse en pastor del ministerio 'Celebremos la Recuperacion'. el viaja a iglesias por todos los Estados Unidos como portavoz y entrenador de este ministerio. John y su esposa han estado casados por casi cuatro decadas y han servido juntos en el ministerio desde 1991. Ellos tienen dos hijos ya adultos.

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Moral Principle 4: Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. 'Happy are the pure in heart.' Step 4: We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of our-selves. Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD. Lamentations 3:40 Think About It In this principle, you need to list (inventory) all the significant events---good and bad---in your life. You need to be as honest as you can be to allow God to show you your part and how that affected you and others. The acrostic for MORAL shows you how to begin. Make time Set aside a special time to begin your inventory. Schedule an appointment with yourself. Set aside a day or a weekend to get alone with God! Clear your mind of the present hassles of daily life. 'Then listen to me. Keep silence and I will teach you wisdom!' (Job 33:33 TLB). Open Open your heart and your mind to allow the feelings that the pain of the past has blocked or caused you to deny. Try to 'wake up' your feelings! Ask yourself, 'What do I feel guilty about? What do I resent? What do I fear? Am I trapped in self-pity, alibis, and dishonest thinking?' 'Let me express my anguish. Let me be free to speak out of the bitterness of my soul' (Job 7:11 TLB). Rely Rely on Jesus, your Higher Power, to give you the courage and strength this exercise requires. 'Love the Lord, all of you who are his people; for the Lord protects those who are loyal to him. . . . So cheer up! Take courage if you are depending on the Lord' (Psalm 31:23--24 TLB). Analyze Analyze your past honestly. To do a 'searching and fearless moral' inventory, you must step out of your denial! That's all that the word moral means---honest! This step requires looking through your denial of the past into the truth! 'The Lord gave us mind and conscience; we cannot hide from our-selves' (Proverbs 20:27 GNB). List List both the good and the bad. Keep your inventory balanced! If you just look at all the bad things of your past, you will distort your inventory and open yourself to unnecessary pain. 'Let us examine our ways and test them' (Lamentations 3:40). The verse doesn't say, 'Examine only your bad, negative ways.' You need to honestly focus on the pros and the cons of your past! As you compile your inventory, you will find that you have done some harmful things to yourself and others. No one's inventory (life) is flawless. We have all 'missed the mark' in some area of our lives. In recovery we are not to dwell on the past, but we need to understand it so we can begin to allow God to change us. Jesus told us, 'My purpose is to give life in all its fullness' (John 10:10 TLB). Principle 4 Prayer Dear God, You know my past, all the good and the bad things that I've done. In this step, I ask that You give me the strength and the courage to list those things so that I can 'come clean' and face them and the truth. Please help me reach out to others You have placed along my 'road to recovery.' Thank You for providing them to help me keep balanced as I do my inventory. In Christ's name I pray, AMEN. A Word of Caution This lesson is to prepare you for the task ahead. Do not begin this principle without a sponsor or a strong accountability partner! In Les-son 8 you will discover how to build your 'support team.' Write About It Where will you go for quiet time to begin your inventory? What date have you set aside to start? What time? What are your fears as you begin your inventory? Why? What can you do to 'wake up' your feelings? Describe your experience of turning your life over to Christ. 6. How do you attempt to turn over your will to God's care on a daily basis? 7. List the things you have used to block the pain of your past. 8. What have you done to step out of your denial? 9. How can you continue to find new ways out of your denial of the past? 10. Why is it important to do a written inventory? 11. What are some of the good things you have done in the past? 12. What are some of the negative things you have done in the past? 13. Do you have a sponsor or accountability partner to help you keep your inventory balanced?

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