Ten Questions for a Six-Month Spiritual Checkup

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To be good stewards, we need to be better managers in life. That means manage our physical health better. But also things in life, such as, our home, cars, or even finance. Just like we need to have regular maintenance for our home, physical health, or even for cars or recreations bikes, how much more for spiritual health?

That’s why you should read the recent article “10 Questions for a Six-Month Spiritual Checkup” by Chuck Lawless, one of the former profs at Southern. If you are part of a church where formal membership is taught, valued, and practiced regularly, then those questions should not be surprising to you since your church probably remind them regularly from the pulpit, Bible study, discipleship groups, and even when fellowship over a meal. Those questions are helpful diagnostic questions. In fact, if you want to read further on the subject, I would recommend Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health by Don Whitney. Also, here’s the video intro by the author. I found the book to be very helpful.

The list from the article isn’t perfect or exhaustive. But at least it helps you start the assessment. I would add a few more penetrating diagnostic questions of my own to the list. Such as:
  • Who keeps you accountable in your local church? Don’t just say everyone at church. Are you able to give specific names?
  • Who do you keep accountable in your local church? Again, don’t just say everyone at church. Give specific names.
  • What percentage of giving have you practiced? The question is not “Have you practiced giving or how have you practiced giving?” Rather, what percentage? The question forces you to answer objectively.
  • What sort of reputation do you think you have in your local church vs. what do others in your local church actually say about you?

If those questions make you uncomfortable, that’s because you probably believe that Christianity and/or being a Christian is no one’s business. Yet the Bible teaches that Christianity (the gospel) and life are antithesis to individualistic, self-focused, and selfish life.

Take time to pray over those questions. And allow others in to help you in your sanctification. After all, your sanctification is community project.

What Churches Can Learn from Penn State Scandal

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What churches can learn from Penn State scandal? I would recommend you read Al Mohler’s commentary here. In addition, I offer some further lessons.

1. When you witness or know of sin in the church, don’t turn the other way. Don’t go about business as usual. Don’t claim ignorance. Don’t pretend that you can do nothing.

2. God is absolutely holy. And those he redeemed are holy (indicative) and ought to be holy (imperative).

3. God takes sin seriously. Hence, his people should too.

4. The God-given means in which the community of God’s redeemed (i.e. church) is to cultivate sanctification and even sanctions against the unruly is through discipline (Matthew 18; First Corinthians 5; Second Thessalonians 3:6).

5. God is the final judge, not you and me. And he will judge. No one will get away with anything from God who is all-knowing.

6. Everyone needs the gospel and God’s people need to be reminded of the gospel.

What is the gospel? That God created man to glorify and to enjoy his creator. Instead, man chose to disobey and transgressed against his creator. As a result, the man who was once “the image bearer of God” has been tainted with sin and all his descendents now have been born with sinful disposition. Although God could have allowed the whole humanity to remain condemned, he chose to save some. So, God sent his son Jesus to fulfill such mission. As a result of the finished mission, God demands that all men everywhere to repent and be reconciled to their creator and the only redeemer.