• Step 1: We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable.
    And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. ~Romans 7:18 NLT
  • Step 2: Came to believe that a Power Greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity
    Jesus and Zacchaeus. “Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. So, he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way. When Jesus came by, He looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” He said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.” Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled. Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much. Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost” (CF. Luke 19:1-10 – NLT).
  • Step 3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God
    Jesus Predicts His Death “From then on Jesus began to tell His disciples plainly that it was necessary for Him to go to Jerusalem, and that He would suffer many terrible things at the hands of the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but on the third day He would be raised from the dead. But Peter took Him aside and began to reprimand Him for saying such things. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!” Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.” Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If any of you wants to be My follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow Me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for My sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” (CF. Matthew 16:21-26).
  • Step 4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves
    “Instead, let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to the Lord. Let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven and say” (CF. Lamentations 3:40-41 – NLT).
  • Step 5: Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs
    “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.’ So, he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him” (CF. Luke 15:17-20 – NLT).
  • Step 6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all of these defects of character
    “Let there be tears for what you have done. Let there be sorrow and deep grief. Let there be sadness instead of laughter, and gloom instead of joy. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up in honor” (CF. James 4:9-10 – NLT).
  • Step 7: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings
    “But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness” (CF. I John 1:9 – NLT).
  • Step 8: Made a list of all persons we had harmed and become willing to make amends to them all
    “Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!” (CF. Luke 19:8 – NLT).
  • Step 9: We made direct amends to such people whenever possible except when to do so would injure them or others
    “God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God” (CF. Matthew 5:9 – NLT).
  • Step 10:  Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it
    “Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak” (Mark 14:38 – NLT).
  • Step 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
    “Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life” (John 4:13-14 – NLT).
  • Step 12: 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
    “Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! Sing to the Lord; praise His name. Each day proclaim the good news that He saves” (Psalms 96:1-2 – NLT).