Ice Breaker (optional – choose one below)
- What was your favorite team game / sport to play as a kid?
- Would you describe yourself more as an extrovert or introvert? Why?
- Who do you turn to when you need solid advice? What is it that makes you choose this person?
Accountability is a Christ-centered relationship which encourages spiritual growth and life-change. Accountability causes you to choose between your cravings and your character.
Have you ever tried to make a major change in your habits or character on your own? What was your experience? What pitfalls did you encounter that you needed to overcome?
All major “life-change programs” (Weight Watchers, Cross-fit, AA, etc.) all have an accountability component. Why do you think accountability is so important to the ability of participants to experience lasting change?
What does the Bible say?
Read Galatians 5:16–25
- What two forces do we battle when we begin trying to live the Christian life? Share examples of how you have experienced each in the past week.
- Paul shares that while we have good intentions, our sinful nature can thwart our attempts to live lives of obedience. Following the leading of the Spirit “in every part of our lives” is the only way to combat the influence of our sinful nature. What does “following the Spirit’s leading” look like? Are you more successful in some areas than others? Explain.
Read Galatians 6:1-3
- What role does accountability play in our spiritual growth according to Paul?
- What are barriers that keep us from forming relationships based on accountability? Which do you think plays the biggest factor in your life?
Apply the Message
Accountability is a key part of the Christian life. We all face temptations to prioritize our cravings over our character. Without accountability, we can be tempted to minimize or “make friends with” our sin. Read through the guidelines below to learn what to look for in an accountability partner and what to do with your partner when you meet.
Who should we look for?
- Someone who is godly – sincere follower of Jesus Christ.
- Someone who isn’t struggling with the same issue.
- Someone of the same gender. (or your spouse)
What should an accountability relationship look like?
- Meet together regularly. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
- Protect each other. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)
- Confess to each other. (James 5:16)
- Share advice. (Proverbs 12:15)
- Celebrate and mourn together. (Romans 12:15)