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The 12 Steps for Apprentices of Jesus

The 12 Steps for Apprentices of Jesus

1. We admitted that something was wrong, in us and in the world at large, and that we were powerless to fix it in our own strength.

2. Came to believe that Jesus has the power, the wisdom and the willingness to put right that which is wrong.

3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of Jesus, the one called “Christ.”

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.

6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character and become like Christ.

7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings and to give us His Spirit.

8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

10. Looking at Jesus, we continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.

11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as Jesus reveals him, praying first for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.

12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of taking these steps with Jesus, we tried to carry his message to others, and to practice his teachings in all our affairs.

7 responses

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  4. Jeremy Crow

    There is a MAJOR problem with your twelve steps, it doesn’t mention anything about penal substitution, the fact that Christ died in our place. In Acts when the Jews ask “What must I do to be saved” the answer is “repent and be baptized”. Baptism is being buried with Christ and as such we cannot be saved without accepting His death as a necessity for our sins.

    July 27, 2009 at 10:51 pm

  5. T Freeman

    Jeremy,

    I agree with you that Jesus’ death (and resurrection for that matter!) are central to our faith in Jesus. But these steps aren’t our statement of faith or creed. These are some of the things, not even all, that we do repeatedly over the long-term (unlike baptism), as habits in response to Jesus’ saving life, death and resurrection (not to mention the sending of his Spirit, the creation of his church, his kingdom come & coming, etc.–all that the scriptures reveal) as a community of his disciples. They’re part of the structure of our way of life as we seek to better trust and follow Jesus.

    Thanks for the chance to clarify.

    July 28, 2009 at 7:57 am

  6. Jeremy Crow

    and thank you for the response. I’m careful of anyone who comes in the name of Jesus, because so often people will only offer you “Life Change” and we both know that “Life Change” doesn’t change your eternity.

    August 3, 2009 at 12:49 am

    • T Freeman

      Jeremy,

      Yes, Jesus was clearly about life here and beyond. In my context, we tend to have the opposite problem of emphasis, where Jesus supposedly changes one’s eternity without any particular interest in the nature of one’s life now. We’re trying to be and make disciples of Jesus who trust him with this life and the next, hoping to see a little love among us before the afterlife.

      August 3, 2009 at 11:01 am

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