Hi there,

Over the last couple of months, I have been challenged with the topic of what this blog will focus on in 2021. Every year in November and December I attempt to make a conscious decision on the focus for the year ahead.

To date, I have tried to maintain a 12 Step approach to blog content on this site. In the last few weeks, I have been reading (and studying) the book TWELVE STEP CHRISTIANITY by Saul Selby.

In this book, Saul Selby talks about how The Oxford Group’s spiritual tenets, contributed to the development of AA’s Twelve Steps.

The tenets are:

  • Surrender: The decision to submit one’s will totally to God’s will. e

  • Confession of Sin: Confessing one’s sins to both God and another person.
  • Restitution: The righting the wrongs done to others because of sin in our lives.

  • Guidance: Encouragement to set aside time for daily prayer and meditation to seek God’s face and receive direction and power for life.

  • Witnessing: Encouragement to share with others what God had done in our lives.

  • The Four Absolutes: The example of Christ Himself was the standard of living. His example of holy living held up as a banner by which we can measure our own behaviour.
    • Absolute Honesty
    • Absolute Purity
    • Absolute Unselfishness
    • Absolute Love

In the book Saul Selby also shares.
CHRISTIAN EQUIVALENTS OF THE TWELVES STEPS


They are:

  1. We are powerless to live the Christian Life. in our own strength.

  2. We need to experience Jesus both as personal and available in our lives.

  3. We need to decide to completely surrender our lives to God’s will and purpose.

  4. We need to honestly examine the impact of sin in our lives.

  5. We need to confess our sin to both God and another person we trust.

  6. We need to become determined to stop sinning.

  7. We need to ask God to remove our impulse to sin.

  8. We need to make restitution for the harm our sin has done to others.

  9. We need to resist the temptation to keep sinning, confess to God when we do, and make restitution for the harm it causes.

  10. We need to seek God’s will through prayer, meditation, and Bible study.

  11. Following salvation through faith in Jesus Christ we need to let Him use us to influence the lives of others.
  1. We are powerless to live the Christian Life.

  2. Experiencing Jesus as personal and available.

  3. Decide to completely surrender our lives to God.

  4. Honestly examine the impact of sin in our lives.

  5. Confessing our sin to God and another person.

  6. Become determined to stop sinning.

  7. Asking God to remove our impulse to sin.

  8. Making restitution for the harm our sin has done to others.

  9. Resisting the temptation to sin. Confessing to God when we do and making restitution for the harm it causes.

  10. Seeking God’s will through prayer, meditation and Bible study.

  11. Following salvation through faith in Jesus Christ letting Him use us to influence the lives of others.

In 2021 it is my desire to use these tenets and ‘Christian equivalents of the Twelve Steps’ to write daily podcasts and weekly topical videos to pass on the message ‘We all need recovery.’ and the way to achieve it is through learning and applying God’s plan for living as we walk the ‘Rod to Recovery’ together.