Jared C. Wilson lists some questions that Ray Ortlund and a small group of men would work through as they sought to press the gospel into each others lives and fight sin. As Joe Thorn reminded me this morning, we need to foster a deeper culture of confession and grace within our lives. I find these questions helpful for getting together with a small huddle of men and sharing my life with them. I would encourage you to do so as well.
- Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
- Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?
- Do I confidentially pass onto another what was told me in confidence?
- Am I a slave to dress, friends, work, or habits?
- Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
- Did the Bible live in me today?
- Do I give the Bible time to speak to me every day?
- Am I enjoying prayer?
- When did I last speak to someone about my faith?
- Do I pray about the money I spend?
- Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?
- Do I disobey God in anything?
- Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
- Am I defeated in any part of my life?
- Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy, or distrustful?
- How do I spend my spare time?
- Am I proud?
- Do I thank God that I am not like other people, especially the Pharisee who despised the publican?
- Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold resentment toward, or disregard? If so, what am I going to do about it?
- Do I grumble and complain constantly?
- Is Christ real to me?
From Jared C. Wilson's The Pastor's Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry
For what it's worth I highly recommend Jared's book for any pastor or elder in the church.