Biblical Based 12 Step Recovery — Christ Centered Ministry
More than a few years ago, I was blessed to work on the expansion of a Christ-Centered Recovery ministry for a local mega-church. They had offered this ministry at one of their locations and wanted to expand to other sites. I was part of the launch team and while volunteering there, I was asked to update some of the literature they offered to their attendees. The 24 publications listed below was part of that project and each 12-step set has a Biblical focus.
One set of the 12 steps uses a Biblical Character to illustrate how their life models or shows the power of Biblical principles in that step.
The other set of 12 highlights the Biblical Comparison for each step. Celebrate Recovery and other Christian ministries use these comparisons. In this set, I’ve expanded the recovery relevance of the Biblical Comparison to work the step.
Biblical Figures Work the Steps
Jonah is Powerless provides an overview of Step 1 and how we are powerless.
Saul Comes to Believe provides an overview of Step 2 and coming to believe in a Greater Power.
Three Boys Turn Their Will to God provides an overview of Step 3 and submission to our Creator.
Ester’s Fearless Inventory provides an overview of Step 4 and searching moral inventory.
David Admits His Wrongs provides an overview of Step 5 and the admission of our wrongs.
Samson’s Character Defects Make Him Weak provides an overview of Step 6 and removal of character defects.
King Nebuchadnezzar is Humbled provides an overview of Step 7-humility is key to the removal of shortcomings.
Jacob Makes A List provides an overview of Step 8 as he makes a list and becomes willing to make amends.
Peter Makes Amends provides an overview of Step 9 with a look at his life after denying Jesus.
A Wise Assessment provides an overview of Step 10 by considering wise council.
Strength in Weakness provides an overview of Step 11 through Paul’s prayer.
Moses has a Spiritual Experience provides an overview of Step 12.
Expansion of the Biblical Comparisons
Each of the 12 Steps has been assigned a Biblical Comparison. As part of this project, I looked at each one of them, did further research, and sought how these Biblical principles could help us work each of the steps of recovery.
For Step 1, in Romans 7 Paul explains our powerlessness and our unmanageable nature for healthy recovery.
For Step 2, Philippians 2 explains how Jesus was the model for perfect humility necessary for healthy recovery.
For Step 3, Romans 12 explores how to put God’s will for us into practice in our lives for healthy recovery.
For Step 4, Lamentations 3 offers a sound advice create a searching and fearless inventory for healthy recovery.
For Step 5, James offers a sound advice about the admission of wrongs to another for healthy recovery.
For Step 6, James offers a transformative message of God’s Power over our defects for healthy recovery.
For Step 7, 1 John 1 offers important insight to humbly ask God to remove our shortcomings for healthy recovery.
For Step 8, Luke 6 offers important insight on a making a list and willingness to make amends for healthy recovery.
For Step 9, Matthew 5 offers important instructions on a making amends to pursue a healthy recovery.
For Step 10, 1 Corinthians 10 offers important reminders about personal inventory and healthy recovery.
For Step 11, Colossians can offer additional insight to the benefits of prayer and meditation to recovery.
For Step 12, Galatians 6 can offer additional insight to the spiritual message of recovery.
WrongWayLizzie.Me has also published each set at our website in a PDF format. You are welcome to download them and use them for personal use. Please remember that these writings are copyright protected as is everything else at our site. Thank you.
Bible Characters Work the Steps
Biblical Comparison Expansion