The following are the 12 Christ-centred steps of Celebrate Recovery with biblical comparisons:
1. We admitted we were powerless over our addictions and compulsive behaviours, that our lives had become unmanageable.
For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For the desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it.Romans 7:18
2. We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
For it is God who is working in you both to will and to work according to his good purpose.Philippians 2:13
3. We made a decision to turn our lives and our wills over to the care of God.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship.Romans 12:1
4. We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Let us examine and probe our ways,Lamentations 3:40
and turn back to the Lord.
5. We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed…James 5:16a
6. We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.James 4:10
7. We humbly asked Him to remove all our shortcomings.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1 John 1:9
8. We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
Just as you want others to do for you, do the same for them.Luke 6:31
9. We made direct amends to such people whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
So if you are offering your gift on the altar, and there you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled with your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.Matthew 5:23–24
10. We continue to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
So, whoever thinks he stands must be careful not to fall.1 Corinthians 10:12
11. We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, praying only for knowledge of His will for us, and power to carry that out.
Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you…Colossians 3:16
12. Having had a spiritual experience as the result of these steps, we try to carry this message to others and practice these principles in all our affairs.
Brothers and sisters, if someone is overtaken in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual, restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so that you also won’t be tempted.Galatians 6:1
Throughout this material, you will notice several references to the Christ-centred 12 Steps. Our prayer is that Celebrate Recovery will create a bridge to the millions of people who are familiar with the secular 12 Steps (I acknowledge the use of some material from the 12 Suggested Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous) and in so doing, introduce them to the one and only true Higher Power, Jesus Christ. Once they begin that relationship, asking Christ into their hearts as Lord and Savior, true healing and recovery can begin!