This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile for all have sinned and rail short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Jesus Christ. Romans 3:22-24
Jesus was called a friend of sinners. This was not meant as a compliment. Jesus approached people right where they were, in shame, in disbelief, in addiction, in fear, in sickness and he was a friend of the sinner. As a Christian and a follower of Jesus Christ, I believe that faith in him has the power to bring us into an intimate relationship with God. That means anyone and everyone, whoever comes- the sick, wounded and hurt included. As Christians we must open the doors to our church and invite them in and let them know "You are welcome here". Jesus receives us today right where we are. Your sin is not too big for him. He will not turn away if you call out to him.
We cannot win our battles over our hurts, habits and hang ups a lone. Celebrate Recovery helps us to realize we are not alone, and that God is our higher power. We are all broken, and I am thankful that God uses broken things. To see the changes in people when that light comes on and they realize God is always there for them, is so amazing. We need to accept Gods love and know he is always with us no matter how dark it seems. Psalms 32:3-5 to me is what Celebrate Recovery is about:
There was a time when I couldn't admit what a sinner I was. But my dishonesty made me miserable and filled my days with frustrations. All day and all night your hand was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water on a sunny day until I finally admitted all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. r said to myself I will confess them to the lord, and you forgave me. All my GUILT is gone.
See you Sunday 8:30 a.m. Early Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 10:30 a.m. Morning Worship.