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WHERE:   

Sanctuary
801 West Ave
Ocean City, NJ 08226

Coastal Life Center (CLC)             833 West Ave
Ocean City, NJ 08226

Admin Offices & Mailing Address
801 Asbury Ave, Suite 404
Ocean City, NJ 08226 

WHEN:

Sunday
8:30A & 10:30A

Thursday
7:00P

Saturday

6:00P

Children's Programs
Available @ Thursday & Sunday Services

 

CONTACT:

PHONE
P 609.399.4747
F 609.399.4759

EMAIL
General admin@ccoceancity.com 
Pastor Matt pastor@ccoceancity.com

FB/INST/TW
@ccoceancity

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Recovery Through Christ

A Ministry of Restoration, Where Scripture Meets the 12 Steps

Celebrating Changed Lives Beyond Our Addictions

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone,
the new has come!  2 Corinthians 5:17

Meets: Mondays @7pm in the Coastal Sanctuary @801 West Ave, Ocean City, NJ 
Contact: Chris Abbott 609.399.4747

Our Group Purpose

Recovery through Christ – a Ministry of Restoration, is an outreach of Coastal Christian Ocean City to those of our Fellowship, and/or community, who have been affected by any type of addiction - drugs, alcohol, gambling, pornography, food - any addiction. We are a Christ-centered group believing that He alone is our Higher Power and that He alone will free us from our addiction. 

Our Group Shares Two Common Goals:

  1. To recover from our addiction as well as the pain it has brought to our lives and those around us. 
  2. To do so by a means that draws us into a deep and abiding relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Our Toolbox

Our primary resource for this journey is the Bible. We will explore the living Word of God and find answers to our questions of right living, God's immeasurable grace, His will for us, and our relationship with Him. 

Our secondary resource will be the 12 steps of recovery. These steps are founded on Scriptural directives and principles. We will explore scripture to shed light on these steps and God’s purpose for our lives. We believe that ultimately we all have a special calling to serve others. 

Lastly, we will use our own personal testimonies to illuminate God’s grace working in our lives. Our intention is not to glorify our past behavior, nor dwell on past mistakes; rather, we want to emphasize our victories and dwell on the solutions we have found useful in our recovery. 

We Seek To:

  • Provide an atmosphere of acceptance and safety for those who feel isolated by their addiction. 
  • Provide Biblically-based solutions as a means of recovery. 
  • Celebrate victory over our addictions by emphasizing the solutions we find useful in recovery.  
  • Provide an opportunity for recovering Christians to minister to those in need.
  • Provide answers to those in the throws of addiction seeking tangible and meaningful transformation in their lives and freedom from addiction. 

12 Steps of Recovery

  1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions-that our lives had become unmanageable. 
    “We felt we were doomed to die and say how POWERLESS we were to help ourselves; but that was good, for then we put everything into the hands of God, who alone could save us.” II Corinthians 1:9 
  2. Came to believe in a power greater than ourselves that could restore us to sanity.
    “A man is a fool to trust himself! But those who use God’s wisdom are safe.” Proverbs 28:26
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understand Him. 
    “Trust in the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself. In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.” Proverbs 3:5-6 
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
    "
    Let us examine ourselves and repent and turn again to the Lord. Let us lift our hearts and our hands to Him in heaven.” Lamentations 3:40- 41 
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. 
    “Admit your faults to one another and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” James 5:16 
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. 
    “So give yourselves humbly to God… then, when you realize your worthlessness before the Lord, He will lift you up, encourage and help you.” James 4:7-10 
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. 
    “But if we confess our sins to Him, He can be depended on to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong.” I John 1:9 
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. 
    “If you are standing before the altar… and suddenly remember that a friend has something against you, leave your sacrifice there and go and be reconciled…and then come an offer your sacrifice to God.” Matthew 5:23-24 
  9. Made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. 
    “You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you have it, it’s yours. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive you your sins too.” Mark 11:24-25 
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it. 
    “But how can I ever know what sins are lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. And keep me from deliberate wrongs; help me to stop doing them. Only then can I be set free of guilt.” Psalm 19:12
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. 
    “If you want better insight and discernment, and are searching for them as you would for lost money or hidden treasure, then wisdom will be given you, and knowledge of God Himself, you will soon learn the importance of reverence for the Lord and of trusting Him.” Proverbs 2:3-5 
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to people suffering from addictions and to practice these principles in all our affairs. 
    “Quietly trust yourself to Christ your Lord and if anybody asks why you believe as you do, be ready to tell him, and do it in a gentle and respectful way.” I Peter 3:15