What is
Celebrate Recovery?

Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered program with foundations firmly established in Biblical truth. The 12 Steps with accompanying Scriptures and the 8 Principles based on the Beatitudes offer participants a clear path of salvation and discipleship; bringing hope, freedom, sobriety, healing, and the opportunity to give back one day at a time through our one and only true Higher Power, Jesus Christ. The 12 Steps and the 8 Principles work seamlessly together, tying historical recovery to timeless Biblical teaching.

Who is CR for?

Ask yourself the following questions:

Do you have trouble setting limits for yourself?
Do you sacrifice your identity, desires or needs to make others feel good about themselves?
Do you struggle feeling safe when you are not in control?
Do you raise your voice to get your way?
Do you act kind on the outside but bitter on the inside?
Do you use food, sex/pornography, relationships, alcohol or drugs to cope with life’s problems?
Do you struggle with body image?
Do you ever know the right thing to do but don’t do it?
Do you love someone struggling with destructive behaviors such as pornography, drugs or alcohol?
Do you live with someone who abuses you physically, sexually or emotionally or feel the continued effects from past traumas & abuse?
Do you ever know that something is wrong but do it anyway?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, welcome to the human race and Celebrate Recovery where you will find a group of fellow strugglers all working to get well. You will discover that you are not alone and when you share your hurt, habit or hang up with anyone at CR, the most common response you will hear is, “Me too.”

CR is a “Me too” kind of place where no perfect people are allowed and all are welcome to participate in a Christ Centered program that heals and sets people free from all hurts, habits and hang ups through the power of Jesus Christ in community with other people.

Issues Addressed at CR

Celebrate Recovery addresses all types of hurts, hang-ups, and habits, whereas some recovery programs deal only with alcohol or drugs or another single problem. The list below is not all-inclusive, but it gives examples of issues that can be addressed at Celebrate Recovery in gender-based groups: Loss, Grief, Fear, Worry, Anxiety, Shame, Low Self-Esteem, Depression, Resentment, Adultery, Divorce, Loneliness, Cursing, Gossip, Self-Centerdness, Pride, Eating Disorders, Sexual Addiction, Physical/Sexual/Emotional Abuse, Love and Relationship Addiction, Stress, Self-Pity, Guilt, Regret, Workaholics, Procrastination, Compulsive Exercising, Codependency, Anger and Food Addiction.

What to expect

7 – 8pm Large Group Open Meeting
We meet together for worship and a teaching or a testimony.
8 – 9pm Small Group Open Sharing
Gender and issue specific small groups for sharing and listening.
9 – 9:30pm Cross-Talk Café
A time to socialize and get to know each other. Coffee and snacks will be available.

Open Share Groups

• Newcomers 101- an introduction to CR if you have never attended before
• Men’s Triple H Group (Hurts, Hang-ups and Habits) Mixed Issues Group
• Women’s Triple H Group (Hurts, Hang-ups and Habits) Mixed Issues Group
(New gender-based, recovery-specific Open Share Small Groups will be forming as the number of participants increases and new leaders are trained.)

When and Where

When: Change happens every Thursday evening starting at 7pm
Where: Emmanuel Baptist Church 6434 Richfield Rd, Flint MI 48506
Contact Information
Phone: 810.736.6111
Email: josh@eflint.org
Childcare is available (when staff is available)

12 Steps And Biblical Comparisons

1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, 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 NIV
2. We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
“For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13 NIV
3. We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills 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 NIV
4. 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 NIV
5. 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 5:16a NIV
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 NIV
7. We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 NIV
8. 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 NIV
9. 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 NIV
10. We continue 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
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.” Colossians 3:16a NIV
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.
“Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore them gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.” Galatians 6:1 NIV

8 Recovery Principles

1. Realize I’m not God; I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable.
“Blessed are those who know they are spiritually poor.” Matthew 5:3
2. Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and the He has the power to help me recover.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
3. Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
“Blessed are the meek.” Matthew 5:5
4. Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God and to someone I trust.
“Blessed are the pure in heart.” Matthew 5:8
5. Voluntarily submit to every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask Him to remove my character defects.
“Blessed are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires.” Matthew 5:6
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.
“Blessed are the merciful.” Matthew 5:9
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 gain the power to follow His will.
8. Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others, both by my example and by my words.
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.” Matthew 5:10

Josh Groce

Celebrate Recovery Director

My name is Josh and I am a grateful believer in Jesus Christ and I am in recovery for Alcoholism and Codependency. I am in my 10th year of sobriety from all drugs and alcohol use. This 10th year marked the moment that God came into my life and saved me from destroying myself. I was on the edge of death before He spoke into my life and restored me back to the man He intended me to be all along. I still have many hurts, habits and hang-ups, but with Celebrate Recovery, my CR family and my amazing savior, Jesus Christ, I can tackle these problems and live a truly freeing life. I am a husband to my best friend in life and a father to 4 incredible children. God has given me an amazing second chance at life (and He keeps giving me second chances!) and I intend to inspire everyone I come in contact with by sharing the new story God has given me in life. With God in your life, there is always hope. If He can save me, believe me, He can save anyone.