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Thursday, August 12, 2010

John Wesley's Holy Club 22 Questions

 It has been over 200 years ago since John Wesley's Holy Club, in their private devotion, asked themselves the following (22) questions as they placed themselves under the microscope of God's word to keep them holy. 

Today, these same questions are even more relevant to us as we seek to consecrate ourselves daily to God.

Let us endeavor to ask ourselves these questions, and die daily to the world and sin:

  1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
  2. Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?
  3. Do I confidentially pass on to another what was told to me in confidence?
  4. Can I be trusted?
  5. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work, or habits?
  6. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
  7. Did the Bible live in me today?
  8. Do I give it time to speak to me everyday?
  9. Am I enjoying prayer?
  10. When did I last speak to someone else about my faith?
  11. Do I pray about the money I spend?
  12. Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?
  13. Do I disobey God in anything?
  14. Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
  15. Am I defeated in any part of my life?
  16. Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy, or distrustful?
  17. How do I spend my spare time?
  18. Am I proud?
  19. Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisees who despised the publican?
  20. Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it?
  21. Do I grumble or complain constantly?
  22. Is Christ real to me? 
By John Wesley

What shall we say then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 

We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. Romans 6:1-4

1 comment:

matt said...

Good questions -thanks for sharing them.

It is interesting to note that John Wesley came up with these quetions before he became a Christian and when he was trying to live like a Christian without having been born again (according to his journal).

If we use these questions relying on God's grace to save and keep us, then they can be used for good. However, as with Wesley, there is a great danger in them - that we might trust our behavior and our works to justify us - as if keeping a list well (which Wesley did) means we are honoring God.

May we only use such a list to make us aware of our sin - to turn us to Christ for His grace and cry out to the Holy Spirit for His enabling power to love Him and obey Him out of gratitude for what He has done to forgive all the sins this list brings up.

Blessings to you my brother.

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