Principle 4: Openly examine and confess my faults to myself, to God, and to someone I trust.

“Happy are the pure in heart.” (Matthew 5:8)

Step 4: We 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)


Last month, we talked about the importance of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, which you found when you made the decision to turn your life and your will over to the care of God.

Now you will see that the road to recovery is not meant to be traveled alone. You will find that you actually need three relationships. Most important is a relationship with Jesus Christ. In addition, you need the relationship of your recovery group or a church family. Last, you need the relationship of a sponsor and/or accountability partner. Identifying a sponsor and/or accountability partner is especially important before you begin Principles 4 through 6, in which you work on getting right with God, yourself, and others.

Principle 4 is all about getting rid of our “truth decay,” about coming clean! Proverbs 15:14 tells us, “A wise person is hungry for truth, while the fool feeds on trash.” Are you ready to feed on the truth about your life? Well then, it’s time to take out the trash!

That trash can get pretty heavy at times, so I don’t want you to handle it alone. You need a genuine mentor, coach, or, in recovery terms, a sponsor and/or an accountability partner. Some of you may still be unconvinced that you really need another person to walk alongside of you on your road to recovery, so this month at celebrate recovery we are going to answer the five following questions:


  1. Why do I need a sponsor and/or an accountability partner?
  2. What are the qualities of a sponsor?
  3. What does a sponsor do?
  4. How do I find a sponsor and/or an accountability partner?

What is the difference between a sponsor and an accountability partner?



    Jeff Courtier
   Celebrate Recovery Pastor/ Dream Team Coordinator