When I was a much younger minister, a young person I attempted to help spiritually, had a battle with an addiction. This young adult tried to fight their addiction, but ended up needing help, beyond what I or the church leaders could provide. With their parent’s guidance and the help of local counselors they checked into a clinic in a distant state. Along with other guidance this young person endured a 12 Step Program. At that time in my life, I knew about Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and other similar programs, but I did not know the 12 Steps. When this young person returned from the program, they brought me a copy of their 12 Steps. You may be familiar with them or maybe not. The more I look at these the more I realize the wisdom of these steps and how we as Recovering Sinners can benefit from some form of application. I propose the following “Twelve Steps of Sinners Anonymous:”
- Admit I am powerless over sin and that my life is unmanageable on my own (Rom 3:10-23).
- Understand that there is a power greater than myself that can and is willing to restore me to sanity (righteousness) (Heb 11:6).
- Make a decision to turn my will and my life over to the care of God in Christ (2Co 5:17).
- Make an fearless and moral inventory of myself (2Co 13:5).
- Admit to God, myself, and to another person the exact nature of my sinfulness (Jas 5:16).
- Be ready for God to remove all the defects of my character (2Cor 5:21).
- Ask God to remove these defects (Luk 13:3, 5, Act 3:19).
- Make a list of those harmed by my actions and be willing to make amends (Mat 7:12).
- Make direct amends to these people whenever possible (Mat 5:23-26).
- Continue to take personal inventory and promptly admit and when I am wrong (1Jo 1:7-10).
- Seek through prayer and meditation to improve my conscious contact and relationship with God, praying for His wisdom to help us in times of need (Heb 4:15-16, Jas 3:17).
- Having a relationship with God in Christ that heals our sin-sick soul, I make effort to carry this message to others who struggle with sin in their lives (2Ti 2:2; Matt 28:18-20).
What do you think?
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A great lesson, one that we all need to read daily and follow.
Hugh, you are spot on. This is an individual application, something we each need to do.
I think there is much about the 12 step program that lines up with the Bible. I’ve thrown out the idea of “Sinners Anonymous,” but never took the time to flesh out the steps. Thanks for this!
Like you, I have toyed with the idea for a while. This is my first step (pun intended) toward really seeing how this plays out in individual lives.