Step 1: We
admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that
our lives had become unmanageable.
“For I know that good itself
does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.
For I have the desire to do what is good, but
I cannot carry it out.”
Step 2: 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 in order to fulfill his good purpose.”
Step 3: We made a decision to turn
our lives and our wills over to the care of God.
“Therefore, I urge you,
brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living
holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.”
Step 4: 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.”
Step 5: We 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.”
Step 6: We were entirely ready to
have God remove all these defects of character.
“Humble yourselves before
the Lord, and he will lift you up.”
Step 7: We 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.”
(1 John 1:9)
Step 8: We 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 do to you.”
Step 9: We made direct amends to
such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or
“Therefore, if you are
offering your gift at the alter and there remember that your brother or sister
has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the alter. First go and be reconciled to them; then come
and offer your gift.”
Step 10: We continued to take
personal inventory and when we are wrong, promptly admitted it.
“So, if you think you are
standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”
(1 Corinthians 10:12)
Step 11: We sought through prayer and
meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for
knowledge of His will for us and power to carry that out.
“Let the message of Christ
dwell among you richly.”
Step 12: Having had a spiritual
experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others
and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
“Brothers and sisters, if
someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that
But watch yourselves, or
you also may be tempted.”