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Celebrate Recovery

Where do you get help when you hurt?

How can I overcome my burdens?

Who would care about my problems?

Why can't I control by bad tendencies?

How can I break out of this addiction?

Thanks for your interest in Celebrate Recovery at Bozeman Christian Reformed Church.  We are a fellowship of people committed to becoming a safe place where people can be honest about real problems - real hurts, bad habits, and hang-ups - in the context of God's love and truth. Together, we are experiencing freedom and new life through the power of Jesus Christ.

Life is difficult. None of us make it through this world without getting hurt or hurting others or ourselves. We are all in need of recovery. We are all weak in different areas, and we need each other.  Celebrate Recovery is a growing family of fellow strugglers who accept one another where we are, believing that God can help us change and grow.

If you or someone you care about is looking for help, if you're coming to the point of being open to what God can do, why don't you come and join us? We meet on Thursday nights. Dinner is served at 6 PM and the meeting begins at 7 PM.

Contact:  Denny Noyes  (406)223-0452

Link:  www.celebraterecovery.com

Things We Are:

  • A safe place to share.
  • A refuge.
  • A place of belonging.
  • A place to care for others and be cared for.
  • Where respect is given to each member.
  • Where confidentiality is highly regarded.
  • A place to learn.
  • A place to demonstrate genuine love.
  • A place to grow and become strong again.
  • A place for progress.
  • Where you can take off your mask and allow others to know who you are.
  • A place for healthy challenges and healthy risks.
  • A possible turning point in your life.

Things We Are Not:

  • A place for selfish control.
  • Therapy.
  • A place for secrets.
  • A place to look for dating relationships.
  • A place to rescue or be rescued by others.
  • A place for perfection.
  • A long-term commitment.
  • A place to judge others.
  • A quick fix.

Eight Recovery Principals Based on the Beatitudes

By Pastor Rick Warren

  • 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.  Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.
  • Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover.  Happy are those who mourn. God will comfort them.
  • Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.  Happy are the humble.
  • Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.  Happy are the pure in heart.
  • 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.
  • 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. Happy are the peacemakers.
  • 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. 
  • Yield myself to God to be used to bring this Good News to others,      both by my example and by my words.  Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.

The 12 Steps and their Biblical Comparisons

1.  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.  Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

For it is God who is at work in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.  (Philippians 2:13)

3.  Made a decision to turn our life and our will 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.  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)

5.  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)

6.  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)

7.  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)

8.  Made a list of all persons we had harmed and become willing to make amends to them all.

Do to others as you would have them do to you.  (Luke 6:31)

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 offering there in front of the altar.  First go and be reconciled to your brother; and then come and offer your gift.  (Matthew 5:23-24)

10.  Continued to take a 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.  Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledgeof His will for us and the power to carry that out.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.  )Colossians 3:16a)

12.  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 cought in a sin, you who are sspiritual should restore him gently.  But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.  (Galatians 6:1)

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