Scripture is clear that God will hold us accountable (Romans 14:12). If we are fearful of judgment from another sinful person, how much more should we fear accountability from a holy God?God graciously reminds us that apart from him we can do nothing. And one great means of that reminder are the brothers and sisters he puts in our lives.
God reminds us that apart from him we can do nothing. One great means of that reminder are the brothers and sisters He puts in our lives.
What Accountability Is Not
- Accountability is not: Gossip
- Accountability is not: “Follow your heart.” (Jeremiah 17:9)
Accountability in Scripture
5 Reasons We Should Have Accountability
- Accountability gives us an opportunity to show love. (John 15:17; Romans 12:10)
- We are able to bear one another’s burdens. (Galatians 6:2)
- Having accountability gives us an outlet for confession. (James 5:16)
- Ultimately, accountability makes both people holier.(Proverbs 27:17; Hebrews 10:24-25)
- Accountability encourages us to show grace. (Luke 17:3; Romans 14:3)
Samuel’s Example of Accountability
- Accountability requires difficult conversations even when we don’t like it. (1 Samuel 15:11)
- Holding someone accountable doesn’t mean we give our opinion, it means we give God’s truth. (1 Sam. 15:16)
- While someone may turn from the Lord, we must not let it change our mission (1 Sam. 15:34- 16:2)
Steps for Accountability
Things to Consider
- How often will you meet?
- What venue will you use to meet? (in person, phone call, etc)
- Incorporate a Bible Study
Questions to Ask from the 6 D’s of Discipleship
- What has the Lord done for you this week where you may not have noticed His work?
- Is there anything that has taken away your zeal for Christ?
- What sin(s) do you need to confess? What corrective actions can you take to overcome this temptation?
- What have you thought, said, or done, that you question whether it is sin or not?
- What has the Lord taught you recently?
- What is the condition of your soul?
- Who have you shared the Gospel with?
- How are you cultivating intentional Gospel relationships?
- What verse(s) have you memorized and or reviewed since we last met?
- What area of discipline have you struggled with? (prayer, Bible reading, fasting, etc.)
- What has become an idol in your life?
- What are you specifically praying for right now?
Accountability is a means in which God draws us to himself. Self-sufficiency says we don’t need anyone, but humility asks for help from those God has placed in our lives. This habit of sharing and praying with others will inevitably teach us how to cast our burdens on the only One who can fully bear their weight and who loves us with an unfailing love.
God graciously reminds us that apart from him we can do nothing. And one great means of that reminder are the brothers and sisters he puts in our lives.