Accountability and Discipleship

JP: From Tom Challies

Christians and Accountability

Excerpt:

I am convinced there is great benefit in Christians pursuing accountability relationships, at least in some situations. It is valuable, I believe, for Christians to meet on a regular basis to confess sin, to speak of God’s grace, to share triumphs, to ask tough questions and to pray for one another. I meet every week among a group of leaders from my church and just about every week somebody asks one of these questions: “Is there anything you really do not want to talk about?” or “Is there something you should tell us that you’re hoping nobody will ask?” These are good questions, leading questions, that cause us to probe our hearts a little bit to see if there is something we ought to confess. As leaders and potential leaders in the church, we desire transparency; we believe the Bible demands it.

Comments: I’m fortunate because I have a built in accountability partner (of 34 years! My lovely, godly, and dedicated Kathleen!).

I find it important to give an account and be open with Kathee and with others.

  1. About gathering with the church: I have this habit when I know I will be away from church on a given Sunday: I let one of the Pastoral staff and my Deacon know I will be away.
  2. About time and location: Kathee and I know where each are and when we will be back home. (Eg. If I am at a Metro Womens Center Board meeting, I’ll tell Kathee “I’ll be home by 9:30 p.m.”)
  3. About finances: Kathee and I share our finances and are both aware of all expenditures
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