Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Accountability Questions

This is a list of accountability questions my core group has gone through on a regular basis, and has been really helpful to us. We all praise God for what He has done in our lives this past year and how we have grown. I am very open to suggestions on how these questions could improve or be more comprehensive in any way! :)

Christianity is not about a set of rules to follow, or about what you do or don't do. It is about a loving God who wants to have a loving relationship with you. It is about loving Him back with every breath, action, word and thought. In order to love Him we have a passionate desire to live a life pleasing to Him.

Matthew 5:48
Therefore you are to be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.

James 5:19-20
My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.

James 5:16
Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

Accountability Questions:
1.Have you lied, cheated, deceived, stolen or been in any other way dishonest this week?
2.Have you desired anything or anyone above God or made anything else besides God your #1 priority? Have you put your time with the Lord above all else this week?
a. Have you done your quiet time with the Lord every day this week?
b. How many days this week did you set aside time to study the word and pray eliminating all distractions?
3.Have you had an attitude of jealousy or covetousness towards anyone or their possessions this week?
4.Have your thoughts been completely free of impurity/lust this week? Have you placed yourself in any tempting situations regarding lust? Have you had any thoughts of dissatisfaction with being single or married? Have you acted inappropriately to anyone else causing them to lust or sin sexually? Have you treated everyone else as a brother/ sister in Christ?
5.Have you been angry or harbored bitterness towards anyone else this week?
6.Have you been afraid or anxious about anything this week?
7.Have you gossiped this week?
8.Have you been lazy or gluttonous this week?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Jenny! Thanks again for the great tips and ideas for small groups that you shared last night. Here's the list of accountability questions that I've used with my group.

    1. Have you spent daily time in the scripture and prayer?
    2. Have you had any flirtatious or lustful attitudes, tempting thoughts, or exposed yourself to any explicit materials, which would not glorify God?
    3. Have you been completely above reproach in your financial dealings with God and with man?
    4. Have you spent quality relationship time with family and friends?
    5. Have you shared the gospel with an unbeliever this week?
    6. Have you told any half-truths or outright lies, or done something to place yourself in a better light to those around you?
    7. Have you allowed any unwholesome talk, slander, gossip or hard words to pass your lips?
    8. Have you taken care of your body through daily physical exercise and proper eating and sleeping habits?
    9. Have you allowed any person or circumstance to rob you of your joy?
    10. Have you lied in any of your answers today?

    Last night Shannon also mentioned the following list which CJ Mahaney included in his book "Why Small Groups" from something that Samuel Wesley used in the 1700's.

    Introductory/Heart Condition Questions:
    1) Have you peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ?
    2) Do you desire to be told of your faults?
    3) Do you desire that every one of us should tell you, from time to time, whatsoever is in our heart concerning you?
    4) Consider! Do you desire that we should tell you whatsoever we think, whatsoever we fear, whatsoever we hear, concerning you?
    5) DO you desire that, in doing this, we should become as close as possible, that we should cut to the quick, and search your heart to the bottom?
    6) Is it your desire and design to be on this, and all other occasions, entirely open, so as to speak everything that is in your heart, without exception, without disguise, and without reserve?

    Weekly Accountability Questions:
    1) What known sin have you committed since our last meeting?
    2) What temptations have you met with?
    3) How were you delivered?
    4) What have you thought, said, or done, of which you doubt whether it be sin or not?

    ~ Heather