John Wesley and Spiritual Accountability

John Wesley

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, led a very disciplined life. He was particularly disciplined in matters pertaining to his walk with God.  With a strong emphasis on personal holiness he devised a list of questions to be used in mentoring members of “The Holy Club”.  These questions were first seen in 1729 or 1730, but they are still relevant today.  Read them and decide how you are doing spiritually.

  1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am?  In other words, am I a hypocrite?
  2. Do I confidentially pass on to others what has been said to me in confidence?
  3. Can I be trusted?
  4. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work or habits?
  5. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
  6. Did the Bible live in me today?
  7. Do I give the Bible time to speak to me every day?
  8. Am I enjoying prayer?
  9. When did I last speak to someone else of my faith?
  10. Do I pray about the money I spend?
  11. Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?
  12. Do I disobey God in anything?
  13. Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
  14. Am I defeated in any part of my life?
  15. Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy or distrustful?
  16. How do I spend my spare time?
  17. Am I proud?
  18. Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisees who despised the publican?
  19. Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold resentment toward, or disregard?  If so, what am I doing about it?
  20. Do I grumble or complain constantly?
  21. Is Christ real to me?

John Wesley

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