A Twelve Step Program
Algonac Baptist Church
“Life Recovery doesn’t mean our addictions never existed…
It means our addictions no longer control us.”
Every Saturday at 7:00 PM in the church basement
The Twelve Steps
We admitted that we were powerless over our dependencies—that our lives had become unmanageable.
“I know that nothing good lives in me. . . . I want to do what is right, but I can’t”
We came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
“God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him” (Philippians 2:13).
We made a decision to turn our wills and our lives over to the care of God.
“Dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable”
We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
“Let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to the Lord”
We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
“Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed”
We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
“Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor”
We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.
“If we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness”
(1 John 1:9).
We made a list of all the persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
“Do to others as you would like them to do to you” (Luke 6:31).
We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
“If you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar and . . . someone has something against you, leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God” (Matthew 5:23-24).
We continued to take personal inventory, and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
“If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall”(1 Corinthians 10:12).
We 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 that out.
“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart”
Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these STEPs, we tried to carry this message to others and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
“Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself” (Galatians 6:1).
Life Recovery at Algonac Baptist Church is a simple but challenging program that directs us in a daily process of seeking God’s will for our life instead of demanding to go on our own way. Life Recovery is letting God do for us what we cannot do for ourselves while also taking the steps necessary to draw closer to our Creator and Redeemer. It is allowing God to heal our wounded soul so we can eventually help others in the process of healing.
Let us set out together on the journey toward healing and newfound strength – not strength found within ourselves, but strength found through trusting God and allowing Him to direct our decisions and plans. This journey will take us through the Twelve Steps and other materials designed to help us focus on the provisions our powerful God offers for recovery. As we rely primarily on God’s Holy Word, our lives will be enriched while we expand our understanding of the God who loves us and sent His Son to die that we might be made whole.
Without God there is no recovery, only disappointing substitutions and repeated failure. We pray that the resources used in this program will help us all better understand who God is and how He wants to heal our brokenness and set us on the path toward wholeness.
You have probably figured out that our entire approach in this Life Recovery program is based on God’s Holy Word-The Bible. The Bible is the greatest book on recovery ever written. It records how the world began and how God created it to be good. Then it tells us about the beginning of sin – about the first time people decided to reject God’s plan. It spells out the fatal consequences that result from rejecting God’s program. But the Bible doesn’t leave us in despair. It reveals a plan for recovery and the source of the power to accomplish it. It provides us with the only pathway to wholeness – God’s program for reconciliation and healing.
God has given us a plan for the recovery of His broken people and creation. We meet numerous individuals whose hurting lives are restored through the wisdom and power of God. We meet the God who is waiting with arms outstretched for all of us to turn back to Him, seek after His will and recover the wonderful life He has for each of us.
If you may have been involved or heard about other addiction recovery programs, you will be familiar with some of the methods encountered while you take this journey with us. Here are highlights.
· Twelve Step Program
· Serenity Prayer
Other methods we will use.
· Recovery Profiles of People in the Bible
· Recovery Principles found in the Bible
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”
In Life Recovery we come to realize that we are influenced by the people close to us. We welcome the support of those who are farther along the road to recovery. We may rely heavily on the encouragement of those who are supportive of our new way of life.
steps of good men instead,
and stay on the paths of the righteous.
For only the godly will live in the land,
and those with integrity will remain in it.
But the wicked will be removed from the land, and the treacherous will be uprooted.”
Well, that’s it! There are no fancy gimmicks or events to this program. At Algonac Baptist Church we glorify God through multiplying fully committed followers of Christ. We hope you will join us on this journey toward Life Recovery.
Algonac Baptist Church
1003 Washington St.
Algonac, MI 48001
Located in Downtown Algonac