12 Steps | Epiphany 2017


We are all addicted in some way. When we learn to identify our addiction, embrace our brokenness, and surrender to God, we begin to bring healing to ourselves and our world. In this series we will explore how the gospel principles in the Twelve Steps can free anyone from any addiction—from an obvious dependence on alcohol or drugs to the more common but less visible addiction that we all have to sin.

1/1 - Introduction - Luke 5v17-32
We are all addicts. Substance addictions like alcohol and drugs are merely the most visible forms of addiction, but actually we are all addicted to our own habitual way of doing anything, our own defenses, and most especially, our patterned way of thinking. This addiction is what the biblical tradition called “sin.”

1/8 - Powerlessness - Romans 7v15-25
We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and that our lives had become unmanageable. (Step 1 of the Twelve Steps)

1/15 - A Power Greater Than Ourselves - 1 Thessalonians 5v12-24
We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. (Step 2 of the Twelve Steps)

1/22 - Surrender - 2 Corinthians 12v7-10
We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God. (Step 3 of the Twelve Steps)

1/29 - Inventory - Matthew 7v4-5
We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. (Step 4 of the Twelve Steps)

2/5 - Confession - James 5v13-20
We admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. (Step 5 of the Twelve Steps)

2/12 - Repentance - Psalm 51
We were entirely ready to have God remove all of these defects of character and humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings. (Steps 6 & 7 of the Twelve Steps)

2/19 - Make Amends - Luke 15v11-24
We made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. (Steps 8 - 10 of the Twelve Steps)

2/26 - Prayer & Meditation - Ephesians 4v17-24
Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out. (Step 11 of the Twelve Steps)

3/5 - Spread the Love - Matthew 10v1-8
Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. (Step 12 of the Twelve Steps)