To welcome the community with open arms. To train an army of people who are passionate about living out God’s purpose for their lives. To then give that army an outlet for sharing the love of Christ through outreach and missions.
Recovery and then recovery ministry has been my heart for about 25 years now. My favorite people are real. They don’t wear masks. The hearts of men and women, like myself, who have been broken by shame and guilt, perhaps brought on by alcohol, drug, relationship, sexual addiction and just hard knocks are beautiful to me. My heart is to be useful when the absolute necessity of a savior for this life and the next becomes apparent.
My family of origin has these issues. Because I have been so blessed by the miracle of a transformed life, my gratitude and the love of Christ compels me to serve in the area of my brokenness. Jesus is Lord and he is the bottom line ROCK to stand on when life stops working. He has given us his Spirit, his word and his community to enable victory over life’s hurts, habits and hang ups.
My JOY is found in sharing what I have been given.
2 Tim 2:2 — “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
Colossians 1:28:29 — So, naturally, we proclaim Christ! We warn everyone we meet, and we teach everyone we can, all that we know about him, so that, if possible, we may bring every man up to his full maturity in Christ. This is what I am working at all the time, with all the strength that God gives me.
Col. 4:17 — “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.”
Celebrate Recovery Pastor
After living my life by my own rules for over forty years, I was brought to a place of complete brokenness, without hope and filled with anxiety and alcohol addiction. It was here where Christ stepped into my life and began transforming my life. This was just over five years ago and I give all praise, honor and glory to our Heavenly Father for my new life in Christ. Now, I have been called to serve God by helping others through their own hurts, habits and hang-ups. It is such a blessing to be used by God to help others. Believe me. This is all God as I know none of this would be possible without his love, mercy, grace and strength.
I wholeheartedly believe what is written in Philippians 1:6, which says: being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. My calling by God is to help others, by showing them the love of Christ and by helping them understand that God has a purpose and a plan for their lives. Nothing fills my heart with greater JOY then to see God transforming someone into the man or woman that He created them to be.
About Our Team
Our team Celebrates Recovery in multiple areas including: drugs, alcohol, depression, abuse (childhood, sexual, emotional, physical, spiritual), finances, pride, food issues, pornography, codependency, anxiety, divorce, grief, sex trafficking, workaholism, tobacco, chronic illness, panic attacks, relationship addiction, anger… and we’re still working on ourselves so we continue to become more like Jesus.
Celebrating Every Step With You,
Joe Bruno, Celebrate Recovery Pastor
Scott Annin, CR Ministry Leader
Christe, Sandy, Dawn, Jamie, Ruth, Deborah, Fred, Brooke, Jessica – GPRC CR Leaders
Statement of Faith
1. We are unified in our essential beliefs.
We are all one body, we have the same Spirit, and we have all been called to the same glorious future. There is only one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and there is only one God and Father, who is over us all and in us all and living through us all. Ephesians 4:4-6 (NLT)
2. We extend grace in our non-essential beliefs.
Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong. Who are you to condemn someone else’s servants? Their own master will judge whether they stand or fall. And with the Lord’s help, they will stand and receive his approval. Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God. So let’s stop condemning each other. Decide instead to live in such a way that you will not cause another believer to stumble and fall. You may believe there’s nothing wrong with what you are doing, but keep it between yourself and God. Blessed are those who don’t feel guilty for doing something they have decided is right. Romans 14:1,4,12, 13, 22 (NLT)
3. In all our beliefs, we show love and acceptance.
Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ. 1 Peter 3:15, 16 (NLT)
There is one God who exists in three persons – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the beginning and end of all things. He is the Creator of the universe and author of all life. All history moves toward Him and finds its culmination in His sovereign plan.
Genesis 1; John 1:1; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15-23; Revelation 19:6
2. THE FATHER
The Father is the first person of the Trinity who controls all things according to His purpose and for His glory.
Isaiah 64:8; Matthew 6:9; 7:11; John 1:12; Romans 8:15–16
3. JESUS CHRIST
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He is co-equal with the Father. Jesus lived a sinless human life and offered himself as the perfect sacrifice for our sins by dying on a cross. He arose from the dead after three days to demonstrate His power over sin and death. He ascended to heaven’s glory and will return again to earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is our Savior and Lord. He is the only Way, the only Truth, and the only Life.
Matthew 1:22, 23; Isaiah 9:6; John 1:1-5, 14:10-30; Hebrews 4:14, 15; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4; Romans 1:3, 4; Acts 1:9-11; 1 Timothy 6:14, 15; Titus 2:13
4. THE HOLY SPIRIT
The Holy Spirit is equal with the Father and the Son as God. He is present in the world to make men aware of their need for Jesus Christ. He also lives in every Christian from the moment of salvation. He provides the Christian with power for living, understanding of spiritual truth, and guidance in doing what is right. The Christian seeks to live under his control daily.
2 Corinthians 3:17; John 4:16–17; 16:7–13; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 2:12, 3:16; Ephesians 1:13; Galatians 5:25; Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 1:13; 5:18
5. THE BIBLE
The Bible is wholly authentic, fully trustworthy, and completely without error. There is nothing that can be added to it or taken from it. The Bible is the revealed word of God and is useful for teaching, encouraging, and correcting.
Psalm 19:7-14; 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Created in God’s own image, humanity is God’s crowning work in creation. Our primary purpose is to glorify God along with all of creation. Human beings are born with a sin nature, and the only hope for humanity is found in the finished work of Jesus. Sin separates people from God and one another.
Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8:3-6; Psalm 51:5; Romans 3:23; Romans 5:12; Ephesians 2:3
Salvation is God’s free gift to us which we receive by trusting in Jesus Christ for forgiveness. We are born again by faith alone, not by any good works that we do.
Romans 5:1; 6:23; Ephesians 2:8–9; John 14:6, 1:12; Titus 3:5; Galatians 3:26
8. ETERNAL SECURITY
Eternal security is sealed by faith in Jesus Christ who died for all of our sins – past, present and future. Once we have been born again we cannot lose our salvation. We did not earn our salvation through good works and we cannot lose it through bad ones.
John 10:29; 2 Timothy 1:12; Hebrews 7:25, 10:10,14; 1 Peter 1:3–5
Eternity exists for all people who will either live forever in God’s presence in heaven or forever separated from Him in hell.
John 3:16; John 14:17; Romans 6:23; 8:17–18; 1 Corinthians 2:7–9; Revelation 20:15
10. THE CHURCH
The Church is God’s chosen instrument to bring His Gospel to every man, woman and child. There is one Church of which Jesus Christ is the head. The Church is made up of every person who places their trust in the finished work of Jesus.
Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:41-47; Ephesians 3; Ephesians 4:1-13
11. MANKIND’S PURPOSE
Mankind’s purpose is to glorify God along with all of creation and enjoy Him forever.
Colossians 1: 28, 29; Ephesians 2: 10
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