First Southern Baptist Church
of Avondale
1001 N. Central Avenue / Avondale, AZ  85323
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Celebrate Recovery!

Welcome to Celebrate Recovery at First Southern Baptist Church of Avondale. 

Our purpose is to have fellowship and find God’s healing for our habits, hurts and hang-ups that have kept us from a life of freedom in Jesus.

We utilize a program known as Celebrate Recovery, which implements a Bible-based 12 step recovery program and 8 principles found in the Beatitudes, Matthew 5:1-12.

Through this we recognize God as our higher power and we allow Him to heal us in ways that are not possible through ourselves or through other secular recovery programs.  We invite you to join us and let God begin the healing in your life.


Serenity Prayer


God grant me the serenity to accept things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will. That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with you forever in the next. Amen.


By: Reinhold Niebuhr

 God can break the chains of addictions and hurts!

Eight Recovery Principles Based on The Beatitudes

Principle 1: Realize I'm not God: I admit that I am powerless to control my tendency to do the wrong thing and my life is unmanageable.  (Step one, "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”  Matthew 5:3.)

 Principle 2: Earnestly believe that God exists, that I matter to Him, and that He has the power to help me recover. (Step two, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”  Matthew 5:4.)

Principle 3: Consciously choose to commit all my life and will to Christ's care and control. (Step three, "Blessed are the meek,for they will inherit the earth”  Matthew 5:5.)

Principle 4: Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God and to someone I trust. (Step four and five, “Blessed are the pure in heart for they will see God.")

Principle 5: Voluntary submit every change God wants to make in my life and humbly ask him to remove my character defects. (Steps six and seven, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” Matthew 5:6.)

Principle 6:  Evaluate all my relationships. Offer forgiveness to those who have hurt me and make amends for harm I've done to others, except when to do so would harm them or others. (Step eight and nine, “Blessed are the merciful for they will be shown mercy." Matthew 5:7, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God”, Matthew 5:9.)

Principle 7:  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. (Steps ten and eleven.) 

Principle 8: Yield myself to God to be used to bring this good news to others, both by example and by my words (Step 12, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”)

Twelve Steps and Biblical Comparisons

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."  Romans 7:18

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."  Philippians 2:13

We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.  "Therefore I urge you brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God this is your spiritual act of worship."  Romans 12:1

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."  Lamentations 3:40.

We admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. "Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed."  James 5:16

We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.  "Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will lift you up." James 4:10

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'" I John 1:9

We made a list of all the persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. "Do to others as you would have them do to you."  Luke 6:31

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 the front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift."  Matthew 5:23-24

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 Corinthians 10:12

We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying for only knowledge of His will for us and power to carry that out.  "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly."  Colossians 3:16

Having had a spiritual experience as a 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 sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you may be tempted." Galatians 6:1