Accountability: Take it or Leave it

I’ve been thinking about accountability when it comes to discipleship. We talk about discipleship within the church. Yet, we rarely hold people accountable to discipleship. Oops. That needs corrected.

If you’re interested in the topic, perhaps you’ll enjoy a few posts on the subject.

For the moment, allow me to introduce you to the 22 questions of John Wesley. He used these questions as accountability for discipleship with his “Holy Clubs” some 200 years ago.

  1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
  2. Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?
  3. Do I confidentially pass on to another what was told to me in confidence?
  4. Can I be trusted?
  5. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work, or habits?
  6. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
  7. Did the Bible live in me today?
  8. Do I give it time to speak to me everyday?
  9. Am I enjoying prayer?
  10. When did I last speak to someone else about my faith?
  11. Do I pray about the money I spend?
  12. Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?
  13. Do I disobey God in anything?
  14. Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
  15. Am I defeated in any part of my life?
  16. Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy, or distrustful?
  17. How do I spend my spare time?
  18. Am I proud?
  19. Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisees who despised the publican?
  20. Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it?
  21. Do I grumble or complain constantly?
  22. Is Christ real to me?

Accountability. Few take it. Many leave it.

3 thoughts on “Accountability: Take it or Leave it

  1. I will TAKE it! Sometimes I take the complacent route and think that I am always a person of accountability. However, after reading these 22 stipulations, I don’t know if I could be a member of John Wesley’s “Holy Club.”
    Thanks, Pastor of reminding me that I need an upgrade on my program.

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  2. I love your saying ” this is done in community” and that saying from our accountability persons” what on earth were you thinking?”

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