Understanding Accountability to Grow a Emotionally Healthy Church
Yet, the person who has not had a change of heart will not be truly accountable no matter what program or set of rules he is trying to follow.
- No doubt, all believers struggle with the temptation to sin, but we must not forget what Scripture continues to point us to; The Gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit. The Christian must be daily yielding himself and depending upon the Holy Spirit’s power in order to live a life of love and obedience.
- If our first answer to the question ‘How someone can live a life pleasing to the Lord?’ is accountability to other people, then we have truly missed the freeing, good news of God’s Word and are dependent upon the weak, overbearing, and useless arm of the flesh.
Yet, confession to other believers is good for the “Soul” and Biblical as we see in the Book of John. This practice is often neglected or on the other hand overbearingly abused. How one goes about bearing his soul to another believer is a delicate matter.
Let’s look at 1 John 1:9. It says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” This pertains to the acts of sins, whatever they might be; the sinner is to believe he has sinned as part of this confession. And a note about the word “all:” All means not some. All means all. Every sin. All sin was remitted, paid for, and put away on the cross when Jesus died for us. Let’s not forget, now, that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. We all need this great forgiveness.
- Confession must always be based upon a trusting, Godly relationships should not be not simply a set of rules in some church group. It must flow freely and naturally.This means that before a person can be expected to confess what is going on in their life to individuals (not big groups), they must have trusted, mature friends who have their best interest in mind always pointing them to Jesus and not themselves or their personal agendas and values.
- This kind of relationship takes time and effort. Before one can get to the nitty-gritty of their life they need to spend time with others just doing life together. As trust builds, so will the depth of the relationship from which confession can flow.
Lastly, our connection to each other means we must lay aside the island mentality. We do not stand independent of one another.
As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” . . . If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. (1 Cor. 12:20-21, 26)
Because such an interdependence exists within the Body of Christ, we are responsible to one another to do our part and to help them do theirs but it all starts with accountability.
This is the Fifth Part of the Series Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship: Also coming is a book of the series will be released in September of 2018