The "Step Forward" series is designed for small groups. It is a 12-Step Bible study that focuses on losing weight by drawing closer to Christ. Each of the four 12-week units comes with a corresponding Participant's Handbook as well as a step-by-step Leader's Guide.
AA's 12 Steps have helped millions of people for over 50 years to draw closer to God so that He could help them to deal with their weaknesses.
AA has kindly given Step Forward permission to adapt their steps. Step Forward's 12 Steps are similar to AA's, with 2 big differences: Step Forward's 12 Steps refer to food as the primary problem, not alcohol and they do not refer to "God as we understand him." They refer to God by name: "God through Jesus Christ."
In Unit 1 you begin the exciting adventure to permanent weight loss by taking Steps 1 and 2. You will start the first lesson by taking turns listing ways that overeating has harmed you. How relieved you will be to finally find a group of people who understand where you're coming from! It's fun to talk about experiences that you have in common with your "ex-best friend" FOOD. Though it's no fun to look at the harm that overeating has done, you'll feel good because you're starting on your journey in recovery with supportive new friends who are coming along with you.
In the first unit you will begin to get to the roots of your food problem by discussing things like...
1. The role food played in your childhood.
2. How to break bad habits and vicious cycles
3. How to get rid of (fattening!) resentments.
4. How to deal with problems so you won't eat over them.
As you work on Step 2, you will learn more about God by discussing...
1. What the Bible says about what God is really like.
2. How to have life-changing 20-minute daily quiet times.
3. How to recognize and overcome misconceptions about God.
4. How to let go and let God have your problems.
In the "Physical Focus" part of each lesson, which always deals with weight-loss topics, you will learn things like...
1. How to choose "bargain foods"--ones low in calories and fat and high in taste and nutritional value.
2. How to read "shocking" food labels.
3. How to make progress instead of excuses.
Unit 1 can be used as a 12-Week Bible study, or if the group wants to continue, it can be the foundation for Units 2-4.
To start a group, leaders need to purchase a Unit 1 "Leader's Guide" and "Participant's Handbook" for themselves and a "Participant's Handbook" for each member. It is also very helpful for each member to have a copy of "Step Forward Diet," an easy-to-read overview of the program designed for individuals who are not part of a group or to help group members to work the program in a deeper way.
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It is so exciting when I hear people say that the principles in the "Step Forward" program have helped them to feel better than they ever have. Most of them tell me that they feel not only physically healthier, but emotionally and spiritually healthier as well. While working the program, they learn how to draw closer to Christ and taste his delicious fruit of the Spirit. Along with self-control in their eating, they also begin to experience things like more love, joy, peace, and patience in their lives.
Lately, many people have e-mailed me to ask about my doctrine so I will tell you what I believe:
I believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. I believe that we are saved by God's grace because of what Christ did for us on the cross, not by our works. I believe that God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are one.
I designed Step Forward to be non-denominational. We emphasize the importance of having a closer relationship with Christ and relying on his grace to give us the power to become more like the people he wants us to be.
I offer a healthy well-balanced Food Plan similar to the food pyramid. There are no "forbidden foods" or strict diets.From the Inside Flap:
Step Forward! A Christian 12-Step Program to Lose Weight and Keep It Off!
Overall objective: "To shrink outside and grow inside."
Developed in Four 12-Session Units:
Unit 1--Steps 1 and 2
In this beginning unit participants admit their powerlessness over food, explore the vicious cycles that stand in the way of recovery, and learn to tap into God's power to do for them what they cannot do for themselves. "I can't; God can" are breakthrough discoveries.
Unit 2--Steps 3 and 4
Participants continue in recovery as they recognize specific worries and turn them over to God. Identifying the roots of their compulsive relationship with food, vicious cycles, and ineffective behaviors help them begin to accept God's grace and forgiveness and to forgive themselves.
Unit 3--Steps 4-7
Participants inventory fears, poor priorities and dishonesty; learn to stop beating themselves up for the way they are; become ready to let God change them; and learn to set priorities for actions, thoughts, time and calories.
Unit 4--Steps 8-12
Participants learn to use their newfound skills and increased intimacy with God to repair and renew all relationships and to model their recovery to others.
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