Archive for the ‘Accountability’ Category

18
Aug

Manifestations of Pride

   Posted by: jmueller

Excerpted and adapted from “The Exemplary Husband” by Dr. Stuart Scott

  1. Complaining against or passing judgement on God (Numbers 14:1-4, 9, 11; Romans 9:20).  Being critical, judgmental.
  2. A lack of gratitude (2 Chronicles 32:25).
  3. Anger (Proverbs 28:25; Matthew 20:1-16).
  4. Seeing yourself as better than others (Luke 7:36-50).
  5. Having an inflated view of your importance, gifts and abilities (Acts 12:21-23).
  6. Being focused on the lack of your gifts and abilities (1 Corinthians 12:14-25).
  7. Perfectionism (Matthew 23:24-28).
  8. Talking too much (Proverbs 10:19).
  9. Talking too much about yourself (Proverbs 27:2; Galatians 6:3).
  10. Seeking independence or control (1 Corinthians 1:10-13; Ephesians 5:21).
  11. Being consumed with what others think (Galatians 1:10).
  12. Being devastated or angered by criticism (Proverbs 13:1).
  13. Being unteachable (Proverbs 19:20; John 9:13-34).
  14. Being sarcastic, hurtful, degrading, talking down to them (Proverbs 12:18, 24).
  15. A lack of service (Galatians 5:13, Ephesians 2:10).
  16. A lack of compassion (Matthew 5:7, 18:23-35).
  17. Being defensive or blame-shifting (Genesis 3:12-13; Proverbs 12:1).
  18. A lack of admitting when you are wrong (Proverbs 10:17).
  19. A lack of asking forgiveness (Matthew 5:23-24).
  20. A lack of biblical prayer (Luke 18:10-14).
  21. Resisting authority or being disrespectful (1 Peter 2:13-17).
  22. Voicing preferences or opinions when not asked (Philippians 2:1-4).
  23. Minimizing your own sin and shortcomings (Matthew 7:3-5).
  24. Maximizing others’ sin and shortcomings (Matthew 7:3-5; Luke 18:9-14).
  25. Being impatient or irritable with others (Ephesians 4:31-32).
  26. Being jealous or envious (1 Corinthians 13:4).
  27. Using others (Matthew 7:12; Philippians 2:3-4).
  28. Being deceitful by covering sins, faults, and mistakes (Proverbs 11:3, 28:13).
  29. Using attention-getting tactics (1 Peter 3:3-4).
  30. Not having close relationships (Proverbs 18:1-2; Hebrews 10:24-25).
  31. Unwilling to seek help when needing it or receiving help when offered.
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7
Jul

Emerging Leader Grads Meeting June 27, 2010

   Posted by: jmueller

We spent some time going through the accountability questions. We studied more of ‘A Man’s Strategy for Conquering Temptation’.

Pastor Matt gave us a new CD.

Tim Keller – ‘The Healing of Anger’

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13
Jun

Test of Assurance

   Posted by: jmueller

Scripture tells us that we need to test ourselves to be sure that we are in the Faith (2 Corinthians 13:5).

Here is a test for you to examine yourself against.

Part 1 – Evidences that neither prove nor disprove your faith.

  1. Do you show signs of visible morality?
  2. Do you have knowledge of God?
  3. Do you show signs of religious involvement?
  4. Are you actively involved in ministry?
  5. Do you feel conviction over your sins?
  6. Do you know when you decided to make Jesus your Lord and Savior?

Part 2 – Proofs of Authentic Christianity

  1. Do you love God?
  2. Have you repented of your sins, and are you still?
  3. Do you have genuine humility?
  4. Are you devoted to bringing God glory?
  5. Do you pray continuously?
  6. Do you have selfless love for the sake of others?
  7. Are you separated from the world?  Does the world also recognize that you are separated from it?
  8. Are you showing signs of spiritual growth?

If Part 1 is true of a person and Part 2 is false, then there is cause to question the validity of your profession of faith.

If Part 2 is true for you, then Part 1 will also be true.

Now here you might say, “I am struggling with some of the items in Part 2″.  Well, join the club.  If you are truly saved, then you are being sanctified.  This means that you will be growing to become more like Christ.  This will not be complete until you go to be with Him.   But you should see signs of growth.  You should be able look back at where you were last year and be able to say that you are holier now than you were then.  Or better yet, ask someone close to you that question.

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5
Jun

As Iron Sharpens Iron

   Posted by: jmueller

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17 NIV

  1. Am I preaching to myself or listening to myself?
  2. Am I equipping myself with Scripture?  How is the consistency and quality of my prayer time?  Am I making it a priority?
  3. Have I handled my finances responsibly?  Am I generously giving back to the Lord?
  4. Am I loving my wife like Christ loved the Church?  How have I shown it; in words, actions and attitudes?
  5. Have I viewed any inappropriate material or wasted too much time on entertainment?
  6. Am I content with where I am and with what God has given me?  Am I daily thanking Him?
  7. Am I praying for God to work in the hearts of people around me?  Have I looked for opportunities to share Jesus with them?  Did I wimp out?
  8. What sins are you struggling with this week?  What are the current idols of your heart?
  9. Are you confessing your sin to God and others? How are you fleeing temptation?
  10. Have you just lied?
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