Thursday, September 02, 2010

Accountability questions

In Neil Cole's book Search & Rescue: Becoming A Disciple Who Makes A Difference, he lists a variety of different accountability questions people can use in their Life Transformation Groups. These were just a few of the ones that I particularly liked.

From Phil Helfer, pastor of Los Altos Brethren Church in Long Beach, California, who has simplified the LTG questions into five open-ended questions:

1. How have you experienced God in your life this week?
2. What is God teaching you?
3. How are you responding to his prompting?
4. What sin do you need to confess?
5. How did you do with your reading this week?


A list of less specific questions (apparently from the author):

1. What is the condition of your soul?
2. What sin do you need to confess?
3. What have you held back from God that you need to surrender?
4. Is there anything that has dampened your zeal for Christ?
5. With whom have you talked about Christ this week?


Dave Guiles, a church planting missionary in Buenos Aires, Argentina developed these questions based loosely on the tests of a true believer found in 1 John:

1. How have you sensed God's presence in your life during this past week?
2. Have you received a specific answer to your prayers? What was it?
3. Have you spoken with a nonbeliever about your faith in Jesus Christ? With whom?
4. To whom have you shown God's love during this past week?
5. What have you learned about God in your personal Bible reading this past week?
6. As a result of your Bible reading this past week, how have you determined to better obey God?
7. Specifically, what area of your life do you feel that God most wants to change? Have you taken specific steps to make those changes?
8. What good habit do you feel God wants to form in your life? Have you taken specific steps to develop that habit?


The most simple and basic questions the author has found to date are:

1. What is God telling you to do?
2. What are you going to do about it?


Again, there are many others, but these were some that I personally liked. Perhaps the issue is not which questions we use, but that we are accountable to someone in some way.