12 Steps of Renewal

Adapted from the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous with accompanying Scriptures: 

1. We admit we are powerless over our dependencies - that our life is unmanageable.
Romans 7:17  Recognize our broken spirit.

2. We believe in a Power (God) greater than ourselves which will restore us to sanity.
Philippians 2:13 The birth of faith.  Having a conversion experience.

3. We make a decision to turn our will and life over to the care of God.
Romans 12:1 Allowing God to be Lord in our lives. 

4. We make an honest moral inventory of ourselves.
Lamentations 3:40  

5. We admit to God, to ourselves, and to another person the exact nature of our wrongs.
James 5:16 Confession allows for our healing.

6. We are entirely ready for God to remove our defects of character.
James 4:10  Repentance means going a different way.  

7. We humbly ask Him to remove our shortcomings.
1 John 1:9  We embrace this time recognizing transformation is a process.

8. We make a list of all persons we have harmed and are willing to make amends.
Luke 6:31  We acknowledge how we have hurt others to God and ourselves.  We are responsible for our actions.

9. We make amends to such persons wherever possible, unless it would cause them more injury.
Matthew 5:23-24  We are able to ask for forgiveness not seeking anything in return.

10. We continue on the process of taking personal inventory and when we are wrong, promptly admit it.
1 Corinthians 10:12 Recognize recovery is a process and requires maintenance. 

11. We seek through prayer and meditation to improve our relationship with God, praying for knowledge of His will for us and the power to live it.
Colossians 3:16

12. We carry the message of spiritual renewal to others and seek to practice these steps in all of our daily living.
Galatians 6:1  We are willing to assist others in their process of spiritual renewal.