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Our Men's Fellowships are currently going through a study on what it means to be a Band of Brothers. This week we're studying the idea of accountability. Obviously, accountability is only good if we feel accountable to God and if we are motivated by a desire to love him and not by a desire to impress people.

Part of accountability is confronting and encouraging one another to pursue the things that we really feel are important. How are we to do it? I'm calling the men to point each other to the cross and to the grace of Jesus rather than just to pile on guilt. This produces obedience that is motivated by a genuine love for God rather than just a fear of letting people down. So, with those motivations in place, I think it can be helpful to list some questions that Christians (I'm focusing on men, but these could be adapted for women)can use to sharpen each other and help each other be accountable to God. Here goes:

A Man and His Brothers
•What has God taught you this week?
•What are you trusting God for? How’s it going?
•What areas of your life are you most encouraged about? Discouraged about?
•What one thing can I do to encourage you most?

A Man and His Integrity
•What have you done this week to fulfill your role as spiritual leader in your home?
•Have you been honoring, understanding and generous in your important relationships this week?
•In what way have you been a testimony this week to the greatness of Jesus Christ with both your words and actions?
•Have you broken any promises to God or anyone else this week?

A Man and His Battle
•What are you asking God to give you power to overcome?
•What area of your life do you feel you are most vulnerable to temptation?
•Have you recently done anything, watched anything, looked at anything or said anything that you would want to keep a secret?
•Where are you winning the battle?
•Have you been completely honest with me?

In conclusion, I like this quote: "We judge others by their actions, we judge ourselves by our intentions." So true.

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