It is my privilege to commend to you the blog of Jonathan Dodson called Creation Project. Jonathan is the author of a wonderful article in the Journal of Biblical Counseling entitled Accountability Groups which I recently cited for my paper on Repentance vs. Penance, and it can be downloaded here. (pdf link) There are some other edifying articles there that he has written for Boundless, and his blog interacts quite a bit with modern music if that is of interest to you.
Here are some quotes from the journal article:
Put ten bucks in the jar to keep from sinning.
When I recall some of the popular discipleship disciplines I advocated in college, I shudder. Did I really think that they were biblical or even helpful?
Because many accountability groups tend to drift towards legalism or moralism, we need biblical alternative to help us set a soul-satisfying, God-honoring course for holiness. This accountability can take many forms. My aim here is not to propose another model. Instead, I will suggest several key principles which, if applied, can foster sound and soul-stirring
accountability. These principles operate on a fundamental presupposition, namely the forgiveness of our sins through the cross of Christ.
God-honoring accountability does not circumvent the cross. Instead, it draws all of us toward holiness through faith in its sufficiency for both victory and defeat.
Three Principles for Accountability Groups
1. Identification: Know thy Sin.
2. Mortification: Be killing sin lest it be killing you
3. Sanctification: Set thy faith on His promises
Application: Encouragement and Confrontation
- We aim to diligently identify sinful patterns in our lives and share them with one another.
- We pray for one another about these weaknesses and ask one another each week if we are struggling well.
- We suggest promises to one another that are related to a particular battle.
- We plead with God for earnestness in our pursuit of personal holiness, which is fostered by a shared commitment to the mortification of sin.
- In all of this we strive to be governed and guided by grace.