The intention of this group is to provide support for those who wish to overcome sin in their lives and help others do the same. "All have sinned and fall short," so therefore ALL are welcome.
The Twelve Step Programs designed to help people overcome addictive behavior, while not Biblical in origin, are certainly harmonious with Biblical principles. Compare the basic twelve steps with the Biblical references cited.
The Twelve Steps
1. We admitted we were powerless over our addiction - that our lives had become unmanageable.
"Everyone that commits sin is the bondservant of sin" - John 8:34
"Wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me...?" - Romans 7:24
2. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
"I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord." - Romans 7:25
"And you [did he make alive,] when ye were dead through your trespasses and sins" - Ephesians 2:1
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God
" for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that seek after him. " - Hebrews 11:6
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves
"But he that doeth the truth cometh to the light, that his works may be made
manifest, that they have been wrought in God." - John 3:20
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our sins
"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
"Confess therefore your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed" - James 5:16
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character
"Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God." - John 3:5
"For this is the will of God, [even] your sanctification..." - 1 Thessalonians 4:3
7. Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings
"God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble." - James 4:6
8. Made a list of all people we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all
"And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have wrongfully exacted aught of any man, I restore fourfold." - Luke 19:8
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or other.
" Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." - Matthew 22:39
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admit it.
"Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith;" - 2 Cor. 13:5
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God's will for us and power to carry that out.
" After this manner therefore pray ye. Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil [one.] " - Matthew 6:9-13
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as a result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to other addicts, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
"They therefore that were scattered abroad, went about preaching the word." - Acts 8:4
We are here for fellowship, support, encouragement, study, discussion, prayer, and to provide an atmosphere free from judgement or condemnation. We are real people who seek community with anyone who recognizes that we are fallen creatures living in a fallen world AND overcoming sin is a lifelong process that requires honesty (see Step 1).
We are hoping to expand this beyond a web-based support group if others in the Houston, Texas area are interested in meeting.