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The 12 Steps:

Biblical Disciplines for  Personal Growth

Thursdays 7:00pm - 8:45 pm

in the FBC Ministry Center (on the corner of El Dorado & Fulton)

All around us millions of people are living in bondage. They are being held captive by their past hurts, 

hang-ups and habits. They long for freedom, but don’t know where or how to get free. Many people have incorporated dangerous and destructive behaviors into their lifestyles. Some people recognize these behaviors and know they need to change them. Others may be aware that something is out of sync somewhere, but choose not to think too much about it. Then, there are those who refuse to admit that they have the slightest problem in their lives. But, the admission that a problem exists is the first step toward PEACE, HEALING and FREEDOM.


IN YOUR LIFE, DO YOU EXPERIENCE…

 * Isolating your self from others?

 * Sabotaging relationships you really want to hold on to?

 * Alienating people by being too controlling or possessive?

 * Spending all of your time trying to please others, with the result that  they walk all over you?

 * A fear of entering into new situations, or meeting new people?


OR MAYBE YOU ARE…

 * Dealing with anger.

 * Overcome with guilt and shame.

 * Entering into destructive and  dangerous relationships again and again.


AND THEN THERE ARE ISSUES SUCH AS…

 * Trying to quit smoking.

 * Wrestling with compulsive and harmful behaviors.

 * Alcohol related problems.

 * Abusing illegal or prescription drugs.

 * Struggling with co-dependency.

 * Addicted to gambling.

 * Compulsive buying or over spending.

 * Overeating, bulimic, and/or anorexic.

 * Addicted to illicit sexual behaviors.

 * Emotional, Physical, Sexual and Spiritual Abuse.


If you recognize any of these behaviors as a part of your life, First Baptist Celebrates Recovery may be for you. First Baptist Celebrates Recovery is a biblical and balanced program to help people overcome their hurts, habits and hang-ups. It is based on the eight Recovery Principles found in God’s Word, the Bible and the Christ-centered 12-Steps. Some recovery programs deal only with alcohol, drugs or another single problem. But, we are a “large umbrella” program under which a limitless number of issues can be dealt with. First Baptist Celebrates Recovery utilizes the biblical truth that we need each other in order to grow spiritually and emotionally. It is built around small group interaction and the fellowship of a caring community. You have undoubtedly heard the expression “time heals all wounds.” Unfortunately, it isn’t true. The truth is, time often makes things worse. Wounds that are left untended fester and spread infection throughout your entire body. Time only extends the pain if the problem isn’t dealt with. Take that first step toward peace, healing and freedom. Join us at First Baptist Celebrates Recovery.

THE 12 STEPS and THEIR 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.” (Rom. 7:18) 


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.” (Phil. 2:13)


3. We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives 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 act of worship.” (Rom. 12:1) 


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.” (Lam. 3:40) 


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."  (Jam. 5:16)

 

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.” (Jam. 4:10)


7. We 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 Jn. 1:9)


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.” (Lk. 6:31)


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.” (Matt. 5:23-24)


10. We continued 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 Cor. 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.” (Col. 3:16)


12. Having a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

“Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted.” (Gal. 6:1)