My Brother’s Keeper: An Essential Guide to Christian Accountability
“Fortify your friends to mortify your sins.”
Stephen the Levite was right on target with those words. God tells us to “put to death what is earthly in you” (Col. 3:5). He says, “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live” (Rom. 8:13).
Killing sin is not only a command, but a characteristic of the Christian. If we are “of Christ,” we follow His Spirit, not the sinful world. Still, putting off the flesh and putting on Christ (Rom. 13:14) is not always easy alone. For this reason, God gave us each other. He gave us Christian accountability.
In this book, I discuss the concept of teaming up to kill sin and practical ways to thrive in it. From meeting to mediating, this book provides the tools you need to fortify your friends and mortify your sins. The ultimate aim of this book is to encourage you to be accountable for the sake of God’s church and the witness of His gospel. The more we become like Christ, the more Christ we will show to our dying world.
“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”
— PROVERBS 27:17 —
This small book is an edited and extended version of seven blog posts published to my website in the summer to fall time of 2014. At the time, I had several accountability groups formed among several men.
My goal was twofold: first, to make myself accountable; second, to train men to keep themselves accountable. I found the practice extremely beneficial to all involved. The result is this short book—a practical guide to effective Christian accountability.
The ultimate aim of this book is to encourage you to be accountable for the sake of God’s church and the witness of His gospel. The more we become like Christ, the more Christ we will show to our dying world.
- What is Christian accountability look like?
- Why should I have an accountability partner?
- What should men and women meet about?
- What should we do in an accountability meeting?
- What should I look for in an accountability partner?
- How can I foster my accountability partnership?