Twelve Steps with Scripture
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.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good
works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. - Matthew
I am grateful to him who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord, because
he considered me trustworthy in appointing me to the ministry. 13 I was once
a blasphemer and a persecutor and an arrogant man, but I have been mercifully
treated because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief. 14 Indeed, the grace
of our Lord has been abundant, along with the faith and love that are in Christ
Jesus. 15 This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus
came into the world to save sinners. Of these I am the foremost. 16 But for
that reason I was mercifully treated, so that in me, as the foremost, Christ
Jesus might display all his patience as an example for those who would come
to believe in him for everlasting life.
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me has not been ineffective.
Indeed, I have toiled harder than all of them; not I, however, but the grace
of God (that is) with me.
Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Sing to the
LORD, bless his name; announce his salvation day after day.
As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed pleaded to
remain with him. 19 But he would not permit him but told him instead, "Go home
6 to your family and announce to them all that the Lord in his pity has done
for you." 20 Then the man went off and began to proclaim in the Decapolis what
Jesus had done for him; and all were amazed.
"Gird your loins and light your lamps 36 and be like servants who
await their master's return from a wedding, ready to open immediately
when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master
finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. 38 And should
he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants. 39 Be sure of this: if the master of the
house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have
let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be prepared, for at an
hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come."
Jesus said to them, "My food is to do the will of the one who sent me and to
finish his work. 35 Do you not say, 'In four months 13 the harvest will be
here'? I tell you, look up and see the fields ripe for the harvest. 36 The
reaper is already 14 receiving his payment and gathering crops for eternal
life, so that the sower and reaper can rejoice together.
I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will
have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world."
To Greeks and non-Greeks alike, to the wise and the ignorant, I am under obligation;
15 that is why I am eager to preach the gospel also to you in Rome. 16 For
I am not ashamed of the gospel. It is the power of God for the salvation of
everyone who believes: for Jew first, and then Greek. 17 For in it is revealed
the righteousness of God from faith to faith; 11 as it is written, "The one
who is righteous by faith will live."
But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they
believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone
to preach? 15 And how can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, "How
beautiful are the feet of those who bring (the) good news!"
To the weak I became weak, to win over the weak. I have become all things to
all, to save at least some. 23 All this I do for the sake of the gospel, so
that I too may have a share in it. 24 8 Do you not know that the runners in
the stadium all run in the race, but only one wins the prize? Run so as to
win. 25 Every athlete exercises discipline in every way. They do it to win
a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one. 26 Thus I do not run aimlessly;
I do not fight as if I were shadowboxing. 27 No, I drive my body and train
it, for fear that, after having preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.
I shall stay in Ephesus until Pentecost, 9 because a door has opened
for me wide and productive for work, but there are many opponents.
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ and manifests
through us the odor of the knowledge of him in every place. 15 For we are the
aroma of Christ for God among those who are being saved and among those who
are perishing, 16 to the latter an odor of death that leads to death, to the
former an odor of life that leads to life. Who is qualified 10 for this? 17
For we are not like the many who trade on the word of God; but as out of sincerity,
indeed as from God and in the presence of God, we speak in Christ.
Therefore, since we have this ministry through the mercy shown us, we are not
discouraged. 2 Rather, we have renounced shameful, hidden things; not acting
deceitfully or falsifying the word of God, but by the open declaration of the
truth we commend ourselves to everyone's conscience in the sight of God.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one
may receive recompense, according to what he did in the body, whether good
or evil. 11 Therefore, since we know the fear of the Lord, we try to persuade
others; but we are clearly apparent to God, and I hope we are also apparent
to your consciousness.
And all this is from God, who has reconciled us to himself through Christ and
given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 namely, God was reconciling the
world to himself in Christ, not counting their trespasses against them and
entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 20 So we are ambassadors for
Christ, as if God were appealing through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ,
be reconciled to God.
Brothers, even if a person is caught in some transgression, you who are spiritual
should correct that one in a gentle spirit, looking to yourself, so that you
also may not be tempted. 2 Bear one another's burdens, and so you will fulfill
the law of Christ.
For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God
has prepared in advance, that we should live in them.
Paul and Timothy, slaves 2 of Christ Jesus, to all the holy ones in Christ
Jesus who are in Philippi, with the overseers and ministers: grace to you and
peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God
at every remembrance of you, 4 praying always with joy in my every prayer for
all of you, 5 because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day
until now. 6 I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in
you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.
Therefore, from the day we heard this, we do not cease praying for you and
asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual
wisdom and understanding 10 to live in a manner worthy of the Lord, so as to
be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruit and growing in the knowledge
of God, 11 strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might,
for all endurance and patience, with joy 12 giving thanks to the Father, who
has made you fit to share in the inheritance of the holy ones in light. 13
He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom
of his beloved Son,
to whom God chose to make known the riches of the glory of this mystery among
the Gentiles; it is Christ in you, the hope for glory. 28 It is he whom we
proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that
we may present everyone perfect in Christ. 29 For this I labor and struggle,
in accord with the exercise of his power working within me.
We give thanks to God always for all of you, remembering you in our prayers,
unceasingly 3 calling to mind your work of faith and labor of love and endurance
in hope 2 of our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father, 4 knowing, brothers
loved by God, how you were chosen.
Our exhortation was not from delusion or impure motives, nor did it work through
deception. 4 But as we were judged worthy 1 by God to be entrusted with the
gospel, that is how we speak, not as trying to please human beings,but rather
God, who judges our hearts.
You are witnesses, and so is God, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we
behaved toward you believers. 11 As you know, we treated each one of you as
a father treats his children, 12 exhorting and encouraging you and insisting
that you conduct yourselves as worthy of the God who calls you into his kingdom
We urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, cheer the fainthearted, support the
weak, be patient with all.
The aim of this instruction is love from a pure heart, a good conscience, and
a sincere faith.
I am grateful to him who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord,
because he considered me trustworthy in appointing me to the ministry.
13 I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and an arrogant man, but
I have been mercifully treated because I acted out of ignorance in my
unbelief. 14 Indeed, the grace of our Lord has been abundant, along with
the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 This saying is trustworthy
and deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save
sinners. Of these I am the foremost. 16 But for that reason I was mercifully
treated, so that in me, as the foremost, Christ Jesus might display all
his patience as an example for those who would come to believe in him
for everlasting life.
showing yourself as a model of good deeds in every respect, with integrity
in your teaching, dignity, 8 and sound speech that cannot be criticized, so
that the opponent will be put to shame without anything bad to say about us.
We must consider how to rouse one another to love and good works. 25 We should
not stay away from our assembly, as is the custom of some, but encourage one
another, and this all the more as you see the day drawing near.
Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the
farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until
it receives the early and the late rains. 8 You too must be patient. Make your
hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand.
My brothers, if anyone among you should stray from the truth and someone bring
him back, 20 he should know that whoever brings back a sinner from the error
of his way will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.
But you are "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of
his own, so that you may announce the praises" of him who called you out of
darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were "no people" but now you
are God's people; you "had not received mercy" but now you have received mercy.
but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation
to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, 16 but do it with gentleness
and reverence, keeping your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned,
those who defame your good conduct in Christ may themselves be put to shame.
Save me from the lion's mouth, my poor life from the horns of wild bulls. 23
Then I will proclaim your name to the assembly; in the community I will praise
you: 24 "You who fear the LORD, give praise! All descendants of Jacob, give
honor; show reverence, all descendants of Israel! 25 For God has not spurned
or disdained the misery of this poor wretch, Did not turn away from me, but
heard me when I cried out. 26 I will offer praise in the great assembly; my
vows I will fulfill before those who fear him.
For the leader. A psalm of David. 2 I waited, waited for the LORD; who bent
down and heard my cry, 3 Drew me out of the pit of destruction, out of the
mud of the swamp, Set my feet upon rock, steadied my steps, 4 And put a new
song in my mouth, a hymn to our God. Many shall look on in awe and they shall
trust in the LORD. 5 Happy those whose trust is the LORD, who turn not to idolatry
or to those who stray after falsehood. 6 How numerous, O LORD, my God, you
have made your wondrous deeds! And in your plans for us there is none to equal
you. Should I wish to declare or tell them, too many are they to recount. 7
sacrifice and offering you do not want; but ears open to obedience you gave
me. Holocausts and sin-offerings you do not require; 8 so I said, "Here I am;
your commands for me are written in the scroll.
We do not keep them from our children; we recite them to the next generation,
The praiseworthy and mighty deeds of the LORD, the wonders that he performed.
A psalm. A sabbath song. 2 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praise
to your name, Most High, 3 To proclaim your love in the morning, your faithfulness
in the night, 4 With the ten-stringed harp, with melody upon the lyre.
Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. 2 Sing to the
LORD, bless his name; announce his salvation day after day.
Hallelujah! Give thanks to the LORD, who is good, whose love endures forever.
2 Who can tell the mighty deeds of the LORD, proclaim in full God's praise?
3 Happy those who do what is right, whose deeds are always just.
"Give thanks to the LORD who is good, whose love endures forever!" 2 Let that
be the prayer of the LORD'S redeemed, those redeemed from the hand of the foe,
Hallelujah. 2 I will praise the LORD with all my heart in the assembled congregation
of the upright. 2 Great are the works of the LORD, to be treasured for all
their delights. 3 Majestic and glorious is your work, your wise design endures
forever. 4 You won renown for your wondrous deeds; gracious and merciful is
the LORD. 5 You gave food to those who fear you, mindful of your covenant forever.
6 You showed powerful deeds to your people, giving them the lands of the nations.
7 The works of your hands are right and true, reliable all your decrees, 8
Established forever and ever, to be observed with loyalty and care. 9 You sent
deliverance to your people, ratified your covenant forever; holy and awesome
is your name. 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; prudent are
all who live by it. Your praise endures forever.
Praise. Of David. I will extol you, my God and king; I will bless your name
forever. 2 Every day I will bless you; I will praise your name forever. 3 Great
is the LORD and worthy of high praise; God's grandeur is beyond understanding.
4 One generation praises your deeds to the next and proclaims your mighty works.
5 They speak of the splendor of your majestic glory, tell of your wonderful
deeds. 6 They speak of your fearsome power and attest to your great deeds.
7 They publish the renown of your abounding goodness and joyfully sing of your
justice. 8 The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in
love. 9 The LORD is good to all, compassionate to every creature. 10 All your
works give you thanks, O LORD and your faithful bless you. 11 They speak of
the glory of your reign and tell of your great works, 12 Making known to all
your power, the glorious splendor of your rule. 13 Your reign is a reign for
all ages, your dominion for all generations. The LORD is trustworthy in every
word, and faithful in every work. 14 The LORD supports all who are falling
and raises up all who are bowed down. 15 The eyes of all look hopefully to
you; you give them their food in due season. 16 You open wide your hand and
satisfy the desire of every living thing. 17 You, LORD, are just in all your
ways, faithful in all your works. 18 You, LORD, are near to all who call upon
you, to all who call upon you in truth. 19 You satisfy the desire of those
who fear you; you hear their cry and save them. 20 You, LORD, watch over all
who love you, but all the wicked you destroy. 21 My mouth will speak your praises,
LORD; all flesh will bless your holy name forever.
She opens her mouth in wisdom, and on her tongue is kindly counsel. 27 She
watches the conduct of her household, and eats not her food in idleness. 28
Her children rise up and praise her; her husband, too, extols her: 29 "Many
are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all." 30 Charm is
deceptive and beauty fleeting; the woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Give her a reward of her labors, and let her works praise her at the city