Celebrate Recovery: Life's Healing Choices - Class Notes

This is a webpage that contains notes, slides and resources from our recent classes. 
Session 1 - Friday, January 8
Admitting Need — The Reality Choice
  • Celebrate Recovery's 8 Principles
  • Principle 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 that they are spiritually poor.” Matthew 5:3a TEV
Open Share Focus Questions:
  1. What needs to change in your life?  
  2. What people, places, or things have you been trying to control?  
  3. What specific hurts, hang-ups, or habits have you been denying?
Session 2 - Friday, January 15
Getting Help — The Hope Choice
  • Principle 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 TEV, NIV
  • Open Share Focus Questions:
    1. Where are you hurting?  
    2. In what area(s) do you feel stuck in the pain of your past—powerless to change? 
    3. What area(s) of your life are you ready for God’s help?
Session 3 - Friday, January 22
Letting Go – The Commitment Choice
  • Principle 3 - Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control. (Step 3)
    “Happy are the meek.” Matthew 5:5a TEV
  • Open Share Focus Questions:
    1. Which of the five barriers to commitment do you struggle with the most? Pride, guilt, worry, fear, or doubt?
    2. Our key verse in this session is “Come to me, all of you who are weary and over-burdened, and I will give you rest!” What does this verse tell you about Christ’s character? In what area of your life do you need rest right now?
    3. The Commitment Choice is all about letting go and accepting God’s will as your strategy. What would it look like for you to “let go and let God”?
Session 4 - Friday, January 29
Coming Clean - The Housekeeping Choice
  • Principle 4 - Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust. (Steps 4 and 5)
    “Happy are the pure in heart.” Matthew 5:8a TEV
  • Open Share Focus Questions:
    1.  The Bible tells us God forgives us instantly, freely, and completely. How does that make you feel about confessing your faults to God.
    2.  If God doesn’t hold our sins against us after we confess them, why is it so difficult to admit our faults and forgive ourselves?
Session 5 - Friday, February 5
Making Changes – the Transformation Choice
  • Principle 5- Voluntarily submit to any and all changes 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 5:6a TEV
  • Open Share Focus Questions:
    1.  Recovery happens one defect and one day at a time as you focus on progress not perfection. Where are you seeing progress in your life now? Share a victory that you experienced this week.
    2.  In the next week, what are you hoping to see transformed? What step or action can you take toward making that a reality?
    3.  How would it impact your life if you spent more time focusing on good things?
Session 6 - Friday, February 12
Repairing Relationships – the Relationship Choice
  • Principle 6 - 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. (Steps 8 and 9)  “Happy are the merciful.” Matthew 5:7a TEV;  “Happy are the peacemakers” Matthew 5:9 TEV
  • Open Share Focus Questions:
    1.  Focus on the “why” of the next question, not who offended you or the details of what they did: Why is it so hard to forgive people who have hurt you?
    2.  Who is somebody you need to forgive? How will it affect you if you forgive them? How will it affect you if you don’t forgive them?
    3.  Who is somebody you need to make amends to? What is the first step you can take toward making things right?
Session 7 - Friday, February 19
Maintaining Momentum – the Growth Choice
  • Principle 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)
  • Open Share Focus Questions:
    1.  A relapse occurs when you return to a hurt, hang-up, or habit. What would a relapse look like for you?
    2.  Our key verse instructs us to give ourselves regular checkups. What are some physical, emotional, or spiritual signs you can be watching for in your checkup that will alert you to a possible relapse? Under what conditions- such as time of day, location, alone or in a particular group, etc.- do those signs most commonly occur?
    3.  Now that you have identified the causes and conditions, what practical steps can you take to stay healthy and guard against a relapse?
Session 8 - Friday, February 26
Recycling Pain – the Sharing Choice
  • Principle 8 - Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and my words. (Step 12).  “Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.” Matthew 5:10 TEV
  • Open Share Focus Questions:
    1.  Our key verse says, “[God] comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” (2 Corinthians 1:4 NLT) Have you ever received comfort from another person who had gone through an experience like the one you were going through? Tell the group about it
    2.  Do you know someone who is going through a tough experience that you have gone through in the past? How can you comfort and encourage them?
    3.  The Bible says, “Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT). Reflecting back on our last eight sessions together, what evidence are you seeing of this truth in your life? What encouragement for the future can you draw from the change you’ve already experienced?
    4. What is the most important lesson you have learned through this study of Life’s Healing Choices?