The 12 Steps

The Twelve Steps and Related Scripture

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Goal: Peace with God

Step One – Submission

We admitted we were powerless over the effects of our separation from God-that our lives had become unmanageable.

I know 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)

Step One is about recognizing our brokenness.

Step Two – Conversion

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)

Step Two is about the birth of faith in us.

Step Three – Conversion

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices and pleasing to God-which is your spiritual worship. (Romans 12: 1)

Step Three involves a decision to let God be in charge of our lives.

Step Four – Confession

Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. (Lam. 3:40)

Step Four involves self-examination.

Step Five – Confession

Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. (James 5:16a)

Step Five is the discipline of confession.

Goal: Peace with Ourselves

Step Six – Repentance

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)

Step Six is an inner transformation sometimes called repentance.

Step Seven – Repentance

Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)

Step Seven involves the transformation or purification of our character.

Step Eight  – Amends

Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

Do to others as you would have them to do you. (Luke 6:31)

Step Eight involves examining our relationships and preparing ourselves to make amends.

Goal: Peace with Others

Step Nine  – Amends

Made direct amends to such people wherever 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 front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24)

Step Nine is the discipline of making amends.

Step Ten – Maintenance

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)

Step Ten is about maintaining progress in recovery.

Step Eleven – Prayer

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.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. (Colossians 3:16a)

Step Eleven involves the spiritual disciplines of prayer and meditation.

Goal: Keeping the Peace

Step Twelve – Ministry

Having had a spiritual awakening as the 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 a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. (Galatians 6: 1) 

Step Twelve is about ministry.

RECOVERY GROUP MEETING OUTLINE

  1. Opening Prayer  (1 minute :00)
  2. Devotional Thought  (5 minutes :01)
  3. 12 Step Review  (2 minutes  :06)
  4. Welcome New Members  (10 minutes :08)
  5. Individual Review “My Big Why”/Progress (Steps/Goals)/Challenges/What I need help/support for?  (10 minutes :18)
  6. Lesson Focus Question  (2 minutes :28)
  7. Small Group Discussion  (20 minutes :30)
  8. Wrap Up/Take Aways  (9 minutes :50)
  9. Closing Prayer – (1 minute :59)
  10. Mentor/Mentee/Recovery Partner Check-in
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