THE TWELVE STEPS OF AA
AND THEIR BIBLICAL
1. WE ADMITTED WE
WERE POWERLESS OVER ALCOHOL
— THAT OUR LIVES HAD BECOME UNMANAGEABLE.
"1 know that 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
2. CAME TO BELIEVE
THAT A POWER GREATER
THAN OURSELVES COULD RESTORE US TO
"For God has not
given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound
mind." II Timothy 1 :7
3. MADE A DECISION TO
TURN OUR WILL AND OUR LIVES
OVER TO THE CARE OF GOD AS WE UNDERSTOOD
"If any one chooses
to do God's will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or
whether I speak on my own."
4. MADE A SEARCHING
AND FEARLESS, MORAL INVENTORY OF OURSELVES.
"For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is
ever before me." Psalm 51
"Let us search and
test our ways, then let us return to the Lord."
5. ADMITTED TO GOD,
TO OURSELVES AND TO ANOTHER
HUMAN BEING THE EXACT NATURE OF OUR
"1 acknowledged my
sin to you, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, I will confess my
transgressions to the Lord; and you forgave the iniquity (guilt) of my
sin." Psalm 32:5
"Confess you faults
one to another, and pray one for another, that you may be
6. WERE ENTIRELY
READY TO HAVE GOD REMOVE ALL THESE DEFECTS OF
"Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse
me from my sin." Psalm 51 :2
"If you become
willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the
land." Is. 1:
7. HUMBLY ASKED HIM
TO REMOVE ALL OUR SHORTCOMINGS.
before the Lord, and He will lift you up." James
"Create in me a clean
heart, O God: and renew aright spirit within me."
Psalm 51: 10
8. MADE A LIST OF
PERSONS WE HAD HARMED
AND BECAME WILLING TO MAKE AMENDS TO THEM
"First be reconciled to your brother and then come
and present your offering."
9. MADE DIRECT AMENDS
TO SUCH PEOPLE WHEREVER POSSIBLE,
EXCEPT WHEN TO DO SO WOULD
INJURE THEM OR OTHERS.
"Therefore, however you want people to treat you,
so treat them, for this is the Law and the Prophets."
10. CONTINUED TO TAKE
AND WHEN WE WERE WRONG PROMPTLY ADMITTED
"For through the
grace given to me I say to every man among you not to think more highly of
himself than he out to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment,
as God has allotted to each a measure of
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
THE POWER TO CARRY THAT OUT.
"Let the words of my
mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight O
"Trust in the Lord
with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your
ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your
12. HAVING HAD A
SPIRITUAL AWAKENING AS THE RESULT OF THESE
STEPS, WE TRIED TO CARRY
THIS MESSAGE TO ALCOHOLICS,
AND PRACTICE THESE PRINCIPLES IN ALL OUR
"Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass,
you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness;
looking to yourselves, lest you be tempted."
Galatians 6: 1