I desire to join with my fellow Christians in Qualities of a Good
order to more faithfully pursue Christ. I have Group Member
read the “Qualities of a Good Group Member”
Be patient. Accountability is best built
and will do my best to live up to those traits. I over time as a natural outgrowth of Ellinwood First Baptist Church
understand that being available is an important relationship.
part of building the trust necessary for account- Be deliberate. Accountability, just like
ability and am committing to attend and fully following Christ, is a choice. Think
about whether or not you really are
participate in at least 5 of the 7-8 meetings it
willing to make a commitment to
will take to study Faith that Breathes. yourself, God, and others.
Be vulnerable. Accountability requires
you to take risks at being transpar-
Please Print Name Be real. Accountability comes out of
depth of relationship. You can't stay
on the surface and expect to experi-
You will be with at least one of these people, but you
ence the benefits.
will not be with all of these people. Be teachable. Accountability is a learning
process. Defensiveness and pride
breaks it down.
Name of Friend #1
Be open. Open to learning, open to
sharing, open to allowing God to
Name of Friend #2 change you, and open to wrestling
with dying to self.
Name of Friend #3
Be available. Be able to, and commit to, Faith that Breathes
attend at least 5 of the 7 weeks of
Does your faith breathe? Is it filled with peace, love,
contentment . . . hope? Is it renewed daily by the
Be diligent. Give a good effort to com-
Source of life?
plete the daily/weekly disciplines
Name of Preferred Leader #1 your group commits to achieving
Or is your faith suffocating – weighed down by sin,
Be faithful. Be on time! You cheat your
entangled with legalism, and choking on religion in-
Name of Preferred Leader #2 group, your leader, and yourself
stead of relationship?
when you steal their time. Be a
faithful group member.
RETURN TO : By the time you’re, say, seventy, what would you
like your relationship with God to be like? Will you
First Baptist Church have been faithful to God? Will you have forgotten
Attn: Pastor Joel **Current Groups will start Him? What will you have accomplished for God or
503A SE 110 Ave. for yourself? What will your most important rela-
Ellinwood, KS 67526 studying Faith that Breathes for
tionships look like? Whom will you have signifi-
7-8 weeks cantly influenced for God’s Kingdom? Will the
Phone: 620-564-2875 starting November 2nd** temptations, hassles, and doubts you struggled with
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org have brought you closer to God or pushed Him
Starting November 2nd!
away? When your life is over, will others say What is Accountability? What's in it for me?
that you “fought the good fight . . . finished James 5:16 indicates that healing is in store for the
the race . . . kept the faith”? Often accountability runs against the grain of our self- person who puts himself in a place of accountabil-
sufficient, individualistic society. We like to be our own ity.
The Bible says that everybody will stand be- person, do our own thing, and not have someone else
fore God to give an account for his life. Jesus tell us what to do or believe. Sometimes people fear
told His followers that death was not an op- What's in it for others?
that opening up to accountability means allowing others Colossians 3:9-10 states that accountability is a
tion, but an inevitable reality for every single to do harsh things like rebuking, challenging, warning, and
person. He also promised eternal life reflection of the new life we have in Christ which
admonishing. While it is true that the Bible says at times is a wonderful testimony to the world around us.
to all who accept His sacrificial death those actions are necessary, accountability primarily
on the cross and live according to His means support, counsel, encouragement, and affirmation.
design for their lives. What's in it for God?
Above all, having an accountability group/partner is about Ephesians 5:21 lets us know that Christ is honored
Oxygen is necessary for the body. recognizing that our first accountability is to God. In through accountability because this kind of fellow-
Faith is necessary for the soul. Do you sharing our needs with another person, we hope that he/ ship is the backbone of unity.
want a faith that breathes . . . a life that she will be an encourager who points us beyond judg-
matters . . . a relationship with God ment to the grace of God through Christ. Think of it
that’s deeper and more real than any- this way, Christian accountability has two dimensions:
thing you’ve known before?
internal and external. The internal dimension with God is
Then get ready to take a deep breath . . . primary. Here, we invite Him to examine our behaviors
Group Discussion on Devotions
as well as our motives. We recognize that He knows us
better than we know ourselves.
FBC Youth Discipleship Groups Memorize One Verse a Week
• Meet during Sunday School The external dimension of accountability occurs in com- Pray for fellow members Once a Week
(9:30-10:30am) munity with other Christians. Having examined ourselves Ask accountability questions that are known
• Includes 2-3 High School Students before God we offer what we have learned about our- and agreed upon in advance
• Led by a caring, mature Christian selves to a few, safe individuals, and they in turn, do the
who understands the challenges of same. Here we describe our experiences and invite their
being a disciple feedback. This process allows personal accountability to
• Committed to pursuing Spiritual Dis- be a time of encouragement for all.
ciplines both individually and as a Long Term Goals
group Some Sample Accountability Questions Deep Prayer Life
• Faithful to encouraging one another Have you spent daily time in Scriptures and in prayer? Additional Bible Reading/Study
to remember our accountability be- Have you done your 100% best in your school, job, Meditation on Memory Verses
fore God etc.? Application of Devotions
Have you been a testimony this week to the greatness Acknowledging/Seeing God’s presence in
of Jesus Christ with both your words and actions? our daily lives
**Current Groups will start Have you damaged another person by your words, Witnessing
studying Faith that Breathes either behind their back or face to face? Service
for 7-8 weeks Have you told any half truths or outright lies, perhaps Personal Worship & Thankfulness
starting November 2nd** putting yourself in a better light to those around