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Wesley’s Accountability Questions


I have been studying John Wesley’s method of discipleship lately. It was built upon a high degree of accountability to one another within the group. The society meeting was a large group used for teaching the doctrinal beliefs but the class meetings and band meetings were smaller groups that were focused on the heart and accountability. Before joining these smaller groups, each member stated their willingness for the following questions to be asked of them at any time. Even though the England at the time was experiencing huge moral and societal upheavals, the questions still are quite startling. Note especially questions 5 to 10!

  1. Have you the forgiveness of your sins?
  2. Have you peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Christ?
  3. Have you the witness of God’s Spirit with your spirit that you are a child of God?
  4. Is the love of God shed abroad in your heart?
  5. Has no sin, inward or outward, dominion over you?
  6. Do you desire to be told of your faults?
  7. Do you desire to be told of all your faults, and that plain and home?
  8. Do you desire that every one of us should tell you from time to time whatsoever is in his heart concerning you?
  9. Consider! Do you desire we should tell you whatsoever we think, whatsoever we fear, whatsoever we hear, concerning you?
  10. Do you desire that in doing this we should come as close as possible, that we should cut to the quick, and search your heart to the bottom?
  11. Is it your desire and design to be on this and all other occasions entirely open, so as to speak everything that is in your heart, without exception, without disguise, and without reserve?

Taken from The Works Of John Wesley, Volume 9 (The Methodist Societies History, Nature, and Design), Edited by Rupert E. Davies, Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1989, pp.77-78.

The following questions were asked of every member at every meeting.

  1. What known sins have you committed since our last meeting?
  2. What temptations have you met with?
  3. How were you delivered?
  4. What have you thought, said, or done, of which you doubt whether it be sin or not?
  5. Have you nothing you desire to keep secret?

Taken from Steven W. Manskar’s book Accountable Discipleship: Living in God’s Household, Nashville, Discipleship Resources, 2000, pp. 90-97.

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