Message from John Baker

Welcome to the “Road to Recovery.” You are in for an exciting and amazing journey as you take the hand of the true and only Higher Power, Jesus Christ, and walk with Him toward healing and serenity.

The purpose of this program is to allow us to become free from life’s hurts, hang-ups, and habits. By working through the eight recovery principles found in the Beatitudes with Jesus Christ as your Higher Power, you can and will change! You will begin to experience the true peace and serenity you have been seeking, and you will no longer have to rely on your dysfunctional, compulsive, and addictive behaviors as a tempoary “fix” for your pain.

By applying the biblical principles of conviction, conversion, surrender, confession, restitution, prayer, quiet time, witnessing, and helping one another, which are found within the eight principles and the Christ-centered 12 Steps, you will restore and develop stronger relationships with others and with God.

To begin our journey, we will need to step out of denial and into God’s grace. This is what working through Principles 1-3 will help us accomplish. We begin by looking at the toll denial has had on our ability to face the reality of our past and present. Then we need to admit that we are powerless over certain areas of our lives, and that, alone, we do not have the power to control them.

In Principle 2, we find the hope that our Higher Power, Jesus Christ, can restore us to sanity and that through Him alone we can find the power to help us recover. And finally, in Principle 3, we take the action to turn our lives and our wills over to His care and direction.

After each lesson, there is an exercise for you to complete. Answer each question to the best of your ability. Don’t worry about what you think the answer should be. Pray and then write down the answer from your heart. Remember John 8:32: “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

After you have completed the exercise, share it with someone you trust. Your group, an accountability partner, your sponsor (someone farther along in recovery who has agreed to be your “travel guide”; sponsor are explained in Participant’s Guide 2 ,Lesson 8) or a close friend in recovery are all choices. You do not recover from your hurts, hang-ups, and habits just be attending recovery meetings. You must work and live following the eight principles of recovery found in the Beatitudes and the 12 Steps and their biblical comparisons. God bless you as you walk this road.

In His steps,
John Baker

(taken from Stepping Out of Denial into God’s Grace, Participant’s Guide #1, pages 9-10)

John and Cheryl Baker

John Baker is the Founder of Celebrate Recovery, a ministry born out of the heart of Saddleback Church. Since 1991, over 27,000 individuals have gone through this Christ-centered recovery program at Saddleback Church. The Cele­brate Recovery program is now being used in 35,000 churches nationwide. Over five million individuals have completed the program.