“For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.” Romans 6:14
Whenever I hear a message about grace I pay attention. Why? Simply put, I don’t know where I would be if it were not for grace.
The older I get the more I see just how magnificent God’s grace is. I don’t pretend to know it all and I am not an expert on grace, I just know how genuinely humbled I am by receiving grace. Philip Yancey wrote of grace in his book “What’s So Amazing About Grace?” Yancey defines grace through the lens of God’s Love: “Grace means there is nothing we can do to make God love us more… and there is nothing we can do to make God love us less. Grace means that God already loves us as much as an infinite God can possibly love us.”
It is by grace that we receive forgiveness, through the blood of Jesus our sins are forgiven; past, present, future. We can speak of grace as unmerited favor, but grace is not cheap, it came with a price that brings a seriousness to grace, which is vital in moving forward in recovery.
Sometimes we can confuse grace with enabling or rescuing people, helping them in an unhealthy way. When we get caught up in the problems of others and find ourselves working more on their recovery than they are, we find ourselves in a co-dependent relationship, a very costly relationship for all parties involved. Celebrate Recovery offers grace to everyone, but leaves the fixing and healing to the individual and God. Speak the truth in love, support and encourage, and let people be responsible for their own actions and recovery.
The Celebrate Recovery cornerstone verse comes from 2 Corinthians 12:9, “My Grace is enough for you…”
Celebrate what is found; Recover what was lost.
Love God, love people, Jesus first!
Dana Cramer // Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads
Celebrate Recovery at Crossroads Church Calendar
September 18-24, 2017
Friday, September 22: Testimony Night
- 6 pm: Our Hospitality Team is preparing a wonderful dinner for you. Please join us for food and fellowship.
- 7 pm: Please join us for worship and a powerful testimony from Amy.
- 8pm: Open Share Groups
- 9pm: Sold Rock Café
- New Men’s 12-Step Group has started and meets every Monday at 6:30pm in room 146. Enrollment is open.
- New Women’s 12-Step Group has started and meets every Monday at 6:30pm in room 144. Enrollment is open.