The 12 Steps And Their Biblical Comparisons


1We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviors, that our lives had become unmanageable. Romans 7:18 I 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.


2We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Philippians 2:13 For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.


3We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God. Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship.


4We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. Lamentations 3:40 Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord.


5We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for each other that you may be healed.


6We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord & He will lift you up.


7We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings. 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.


8We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all. Luke 6:31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.


9We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. Matthew 5:23-24 Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the
             altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.


10We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it. 1 Corinthians 10:12 So if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall.


11We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry it out. Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.


12Having had a spiritual experience as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs. Galatians 6:1 Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you
             also may be tempted.