As a church, Redeemer’s Grace is committed to disciple-making. And we follow Jesus’ words very closely when he calls us to disciple the nations, to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and to proclaim the Word of God. Implicit in this mission statement is a responsibility to one another in our spiritual growth, in our sanctification. Last year I wrote about sanctification as defined in the Scriptures and our role in helping one another along in it. You can see that here.
I want to expand on that idea of helping one another along in our sanctification a little more. The manner in which I am calling us to do this is through accountability. A phrase I heard early on in college and one I use often is that “a lone Christian is a dead Christian.” Not a physical death mind you nor even a spiritual one. But the idea is that we run this race together. We share in our struggles and in our triumphs, our temptations and our resisting temptations. And we respond together in prayers of supplication and praises of overwhelming joy, to God’s faithfulness and our brothers’ and sisters’ willingness to stick together. Even in Ephesians 6 when we learn of the whole armor of God, of the weapons we have to fight against the schemes of the devil we can tell this fight is not meant to be fought alone.
In order to fight together, some of the men of RGC have even banded together in what we call “iron man groups” after the popular “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17 ESV)
In Hebrews 10:24-25, the writer of Hebrews calls us to “consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near…”
Accountability is vital in the battle against sin. Whatever you may call it, it is necessary. Whether it’s small groups, discipleship, accountability groups, “iron man groups”, or even the occasional meet up. Where there is accountability there are fellow believers struggling alongside one another on the battlefield. Keeping each other accountable is more than confessing failure to a brother or sister; it is going to them in the midst of the battle and asking them for help, to come alongside you and fight.
Practically this may look like some of those groups I named above. But the bottom line is this. We need to encourage each another; we need to challenge each another; we need to ask each other the tough questions; and we need to know how to pray for each other. So grab one or two fellow believers and commit to keeping each other accountable. If you’re young in the faith find someone older to help you along. If you’re a little older in the faith find someone younger to mentor or disciple. Let us be a church that is committed to accountability; committed to each other.
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”
(Hebrews 10:24-25 ESV)
Like I said earlier, at RGC we strongly believe in disciple making. We see it as the mission of the local church and we get that from the great commission. And we need accountability to do it. Try raising a child without discipline or lead an army without authority. Accountability is to the Great Commission what tracks are to a train.