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Step Study Group

• Recovery Issues may meet separately
• Gender-Based Groups
• Participant’s Guides (curriculum)
Small Group Guidelines apply
• Opportunity for Sharing
• Build Accountability Teams
• Find a Sponsor & Accountability Partners
• Meeting closed by Step 4
• Completion of the 12 Steps (6 months-1 year)
• Leaders required to attend training prior to starting a Step Study Group

In order to gain the full benefits of Celebrate Recovery, participants are encouraged to attend the Large Group night,Open Share Groups and a Step Study Group. The goal is personal recovery and growth in our relationship with Jesus Christ – becoming more like Christ.

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Grace

Principle 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.

“Happy are the merciful.” (Matthew 5:6) “Happy are the peacemakers.” (Matthew 5:9)

Step 9: 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)

Introduction

Tonight, we are going to finish discussing Principle 6. We have talked about how to evaluate all our relationships, offer forgiveness to those who have hurt us, and make amends for the harm that we have done to others, when possible without expecting anything back.

As we grow as Christians and as we grow in our recovery, we want to follow the guidance and directions of Jesus Christ. As we get to know Him better, we want to model His teachings and model His ways. We want to become more like Him. Honestly, if we are going to implement Principle 6 to the best of our ability, we need to learn to model God’s grace. But how?

Grace

The key verses of Celebrate Recovery are 2 Corinthians 12:9–10 (NCV): “But he said to me, ‘My grace is enough for you. When you are weak, my power is made perfect in you.’ So I am very happy to brag about my weaknesses. Then Christ’s power can live in me. For this reason I am happy when I have weaknesses, insults, hard times, sufferings, and all kinds of troubles for Christ. Because when I am weak, then I am truly strong.”

Celebrate Recovery is built on and centered in Christ’s grace and love for each of us. (more…)

Some think of Celebrate Recovery as solution only for drug and alcohol addictions. Although Celebrate Recovery is helpful for overcoming these addictions, there are many other physical and emotional issues addressed by Celebrate Recovery.Here are some definitions of “sobriety” for other issues:    (For more comprehensive information on specific areas of recovery click her to go to  TheProblem)
Abuse Victim: I have not harbored anger, resentment, bitterness or unforgiveness for my abusers, nor have I used the actions of others as a justification for my inappropriate actions or attitudes or isolating myself from God or others.  (more on Victim of Abuse)

Abuser: I have not verbally, physically, sexually or emotionally abused others or myself.

Anger: I have not lashed out at others or harbored ill will towards others but have taken appropriate steps to forgive others and resolve conflicts. (more on Anger)

Chemical Addiction: I have not consumed alcohol or drugs, except for appropriate use of legal medications. (more on Chemical Dependency)

Codependency: I have not actively sought to control or manipulate others, given unsolicited advice, or based my self-concept on the well-being or approval of others. (more on Codependency)

Depression: I have not given in to feelings of hopelessness, despondence or passivity in response to difficult or negative situations.

Financial: I am clear about our financial situation. I know current account balances, monthly expenses, loan interest rates, fees, fines, or contractual obligations. I have not shopped compulsively or purchased anything I didn’t need. I am meeting my basic living expenses and fulfilling my financial obligations.  (more on Financial Recovery)

Grief: I have not stopped working through the grief process of denial, anger, bargaining, and acceptance. I ask for help when needed.

Guilt: I have not continued to feel guilt over past sins that I have already confessed and have made or am making amends.

Overeating: I have separated my eating from all other issues in my life. I haven’t used food to deal with my emotions, and I have not used problems or stress as an excuse for overeating. (more on Eating)

Sexual Addiction: I have not actively sought out sexually explicit material in any form, nor have I acted to intentionally place myself in a position of temptation, but when confronted with temptation I did not yield but surrendered the incident to the Lord by praying for His power to resist or flee. (more on Sexual Addiction)

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Revised: 2004-09-24 Sobriety-1