BiblicaL 12 Steps & 12 Traditions

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Step One - Powerlessness

We admitted we were powerless over the effects of our separation from God — that our lives had become unmanageable.

I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. (Romans 7:18)

Tradition One - Common Unity

Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon our common unity.

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Step Two - Hope

Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

For it is God who works in you to will and act according to his good purpose. (Philippians 2:13)

Tradition Two - A Loving God

For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority - a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern. 

We love because he first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

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Step Three - Surrender

Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.

Therefor, I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — which is your spiritual worship. (Romans 12:1)

Tradition Three - One Requirement

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop our self-defeating behaviors. 

For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature.[a] For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. (Romans 7:18)

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Step Four - Inventory

Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.

Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. (Lamentations 3:40)

Tradition Four - Being Autonomous

Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or CRN as a whole. 

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Step Five - Confession

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

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. (James 5:16a)

Tradition Five - Primary Purpose

Each group has but one primary purpose - to carry its message to the recovering individual who still suffers. 

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Step Six - Readiness

Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.

Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will lift you up. (James 4:10)

Tradition Six - Never Endorse

An CRN group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the CRN name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose. 

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Step Seven - Asked God

Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.

If we confess our sins He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Tradition Seven - Self Supporting

Every CRN group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions. 

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Step Eight - Amends List

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

Do to others as you would have them do to you. (Luke 6:31)

Tradition Eight - Non-Professional

CRN should remain forever non-professional, but our service centers may employ special workers. 

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Step Nine - Make Amends

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

Therefor, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother, them come and offer your gift, (Matthew 5: 23-24)

Tradition Nine - Never Organized

CRN as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve. 

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Step Ten - Continue Inventory

Continue to take personal inventory and, when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.

So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall. (1 Corinthians 10:12)

Tradition Ten - Outside Issues

CRN has no opinion on outside issues; hence the CRN name ought never be drawn into public controversy.

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Step Eleven - Keep Contact

Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscience contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out,

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. (Colossians 3:15a)

Tradition Eleven - Public Relations

Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films. 

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Step Twelve - Help Others

Having has 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.

Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you may be tempted. (Galatians 6:1)

Tradition Twelve - Anonymity

Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles above personalities. 

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