Thanks Dave Loveless
In the early 1720’s John & Charles Wesley were students at Oxford University in England. While there they began to refine a process for increasing piety through a systematic practice of personal accountability. The brothers encouraged other classmates to gather with them weekly for the purpose of discipleship and accountability.
Out of those discipleship meetings John developed a series of 22 questions that were used for evaluation of one’s life.
- Are you consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that you are better than you really are? In other words, are you a hypocrite? How do you know?
- Are you honest in all your acts and words, or do you exaggerate?
- Do you confidentially pass on to another what was told you in confidence?
- Can you be trusted? Why?
- Are you a slave to dress, friends, work, or habits? How would you know?
- Are you self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
- Did the Bible live in you this week? Can you share an example?
- Do you give it time to speak to you every day? What do you hear?
- Do you enjoy praying? Why?
- When did you last speak to someone else about your faith? What was their response?
- Do you pray about the money you spend? What are the answers?
- Do you get to bed on time and get up on time? If not, what’s getting in the way?
- Do you disobey God in anything? If yes, what is an example? If no, see question 2.
- Do you insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy? Why and what or why not?
- Am you defeated in any part of your life? What would that be? What are you doing about gaining victory?
- Am you jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy, or distrustful? How do you know?
- How do you spend your spare time? Give some examples.
- Are you a proud person? How do you think your closest friends would answer that question about you?
- Do you thank God that you are not as other people (like the Pharisee who despised the publican)? How would you know you are not like that?
- Is there anyone whom you fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard? If so, what are you doing about that attitude?
- Do you grumble or complain constantly? How would you know?
- Is Christ real to you? What are the evidences?