Importance of Accountability: Introduction

Accountability is one of the most frequently overlooked areas of the Christian life.  We have been taught since our days as young children in Sunday school about our “personal relationship with Jesus.”  This is very true, but the problem is when we take personal to mean private.  The Christian life was never meant to be lived as a solo journey.  It is in living in community with other believers seeking to follow Jesus that we grow closer to Jesus.  

As we see our own struggles in other believers, we can begin to battle together in prayer and plan together practical ways to overcome the temptation that we face.  Solomon expressed this priority of accountability when he said, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” (Proverbs 27:17 NIVOpen Link in New Window).  We need each other to sharpen and help encourage others to continue to follow hard after Jesus Christ.  

This week we are going to explore the topic of accountability by first looking at some reasons that accountability is important and then going on to explore some practical ways to pursue accountability in your own life.  So our starting question for the week is: In your life do you have someone to encourage you and hold you accountable in your walk with Jesus?