Under the direction of Pastor Jon Okinaga, Ph.D. the foundation is faith, hope, and love. The individual is discipled in establishing a personal, intimate, and abiding relationship with the consummate healer, Jesus Christ. We believe that in all struggles of life, transformation is available through Christ alone. Second, we rest in the hope that there is no such thing as a lost cause. Finally, when worshipping of God is at the center of our thoughts and actions, anything is possible
John Baker was an alcoholic and staff member of Saddleback Church who began healing through Alcoholics Anonymous. He wanted a specifically Christian addiction recovery group, so with the support of Rick Warren (“Purpose Driven Life”, Senior Pastor of Saddleback Church, Celebrate Recovery (CR) began as a ministry of Saddleback Church under Baker’s leadership in 1991. At the present time, Celebrate Recovery (CR) exists in 34,000 churches worldwide. CR uses both the 12 steps developed by AA and the corresponding “8 Principles” contained in Jesus’s Beatitudes. CR focuses on anyone who has a “hurt, hang-up or habit”, or anyone struggling with “addiction, anger, codependency, eating disorder, food addiction, love and relationship addiction, physical emotional abuse, sexual addiction or gambling addiction.
In coordinating treatment for CR, we use the lessons provided by Celebrate Recovery including “Life’s Healing Choices” by John Baker along the with Steps/Principles Workbooks and their corresponding sermons and video’s. Everyone is assigned to a recovery group and receives concurrent individual ministering.
Realize I am 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 that they are spiritually poor.” Matthew 5:3a TEV
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, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 TEV, NIV
Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ’s care and control.
“Happy are the meek.” Matthew 5:5a TEV
Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.
“Happy are the pure in heart.” Matthew 5:8a TEV
Voluntarily submit to all changes 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” Matthew 5:6a TEV
Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I’ve done to others when possible, except when to do so would harm them or others.
“Happy are the merciful.” Matthew 5:7a TEV;
“Happy are the peacemakers” Matthew 5:9 TEV
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 my words.
“Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires.” Matthew 5:10 TEV
IRF offers a variety of in-person and virtual treatments that work with your schedule, budget, and needs.
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