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Christian Collegian Network Self-Examination Quiz

 

1.  Do I act like I am better than I really am? Am I a hypocrite?

2.  Do I repeat to others what has been said to me in confidence?

3.  Can I be trusted?

4.  Do I value my style of dress, my relationships, Netflix, video games or other online materials and my job more than I should?

5.  Am I self-conscience, self-pitying, or self-justifying?

6.  Have I tried to live my life to the fullest as described in the Bible today?

7.  Do I read, study, and meditate on the Bible every?

8.  Am I enjoying prayer?

9.  When was the last time I shared the gospel with someone?

10.  Do I pray about the money I spend?

11.  Do I get enough sleep and rest to be effective every day?

12.  Do I disobey God in anything?

13.  Do I sometimes willfully sin?

14.  Am I defeated in any part of my life?

15.  Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy, distrustful?

16.  How do I spend my spare time?

17.  Am I too proud?

18.  Do I thank God I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisees who despised the tax collector, thinking more highly of myself than I ought to?

19.  Is there Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold resentment toward, or disregard? What am I doing about it?

20.  Do I constantly grumble or complain?

21.  Is Jesus Christ real to me?


These questions are based on John Wesley’s Self Examination Quiz.








Chat Group

WHAT IS A CHAT GROUP? CHAT is an acronym for: •CHECK YOUR PROGRESS •HEAR THE WORD •ACT ON IT •TELL OTHERS

 A CHAT group is made up of two or three people, all of the same gender, who meet weekly for 60-90 minutes for personal accountability for their spiritual growth and development.  It is recommended the group not grow past three but rather multiply into two groups of two once the fourth participant has proven faithful to the process.

 A CHAT  group is a simple way to release the most essential elements of a vital spiritual walk to people who need Jesus to change their lives from the inside out.  This tool empowers the ordinary Christian to accomplish the extraordinary work of reproducing spiritual disciples who can in turn reproduce others.

 There is no curriculum, workbook or training involved.  There is no leader needed in the group.  A CHAT group is the simplest form of spiritual community and provides ongoing accountability to learn, obey, and pass on spiritual truth.  It incorporates the values of living a balanced spiritual life which results in the development  and reproduction of disciples.

 There are only two suggested qualifications for starting or joining a CHAT group:

1. A desperate need for Jesus Christ (Luke 5:29-32).

2. Faithfulness in the process itself (2 Timothy 2:2).

 THOUGHTS ON ACCOUNTABILITY CHAT groups involve the sharing of an extremely personal nature.  It is imperative that you come to a clear agreement on the confidentiality of whatever is shared in the group.  Discuss the limits of confidentiality, (e.g., how things will be handled if information is revealed which involves the safety of someone or illegal activities).

This is not a time to gossip.  Do not talk about your spouses sins.  Do not talk about your family members sins.  Do not talk about your co-workers sins or your co-ministry workers sins.  Do not talk about other students. This is not a time to gossip.  This is a time to work through the things that you have done and your issues.  You need to be Godly.

 Consider using 2 Timothy 3:16 as an outline for application to your life: Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. - 2 Tim. 3:16-17 (NIV) 

• TEACHING- what we should know 

• REBUKING- what we should avoid or stop doing 

• CORRECTING- what we should do differently

 • TRAINING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS- what we should begin or continue doing

CHAT GROUPS Remember that accountability to Scripture involves not only applying it to one’s own life, but also blessing others by passing on to them what you are learning.  Always consider if there is someone outside the CHAT you should be sharing spiritual truth with and make this part of the accountability process.

 Be specific when developing an application plan.  Think through when, how, and with whom you will put what you are learning into practice.  Make sure to follow up with checking on progress in succeeding weeks.

 FORMAT OF A CHAT GROUP CHECK YOUR PROGRESS FELLOWSHIP: We are motivated by sharing struggles in mutual accountability.  Start the time together by going over the Accountability Questions with one another (45-60 minutes). 

HEAR THE WORD DISCIPLESHIP: We grow spiritually as we read Scripture in context and in community.  Continue the time by discussing what the Lord has impressed on you from your weekly Scripture reading. Your group should read 25-30 chapters per week (e.g. read the book of 1 Samuel or read the book of Ephesians 5 times.)  Many people find it helpful to read aloud.  If you prefer to listen to Scripture, you can download “The World English Bible” which is a public domain audio version, for free at: http://www.audiotreasure.com/ webindex.htm.  If someone doesn’t finish the reading in a given week then the entire group takes the same assignment for the following week.  

ACT ON IT MINISTRY: We serve as we apply the truths of Scripture to living in love towards others day by day.  Live out what the Lord impressed on you in the reading to apply it to your life and pass the truths on to others (5-10 minutes). TELL OTHERS 

EVANGELISM: We pray for those who need the Lord and reach out to them as we have opportunity.  Close in a time of prayer.  Pray for one another.  Part of this time should be praying for lost friends, family, and acquaintances for whom the group has been praying throughout the week (5-10 minutes). 

WORSHIP: We acknowledge God in prayer and through our obedience.  In your time of prayer, do not forget to praise and thank the Lord for who He is and what He is doing in and through you as a group and as individuals.  Remember too, your obedience (“Act on it”) to the Lord is in itself worship! (5 minutes)

ACCOUNTABILITY QUESTIONS 

These questions are to be asked of one another in a weekly meeting of accountability (Proverbs 27:17).  They are to stimulate conversations of character and confession of sin to God and one another in a safe environment which values honesty, vulnerability, confidentiality, and grace.

 

1. How have your insights from last week’s reading shaped the way you think and live? 

2. Who did you pass your insights from last week on to and how was it received? 

3. How have you seen God at work? 

4. Have you been a testimony this week to the greatness of Jesus Christ with both your words and actions? 

5. Have you been exposed to sexually alluring material or allowed your mind to entertain inappropriate sexual thoughts? 

6. Have you acknowledged God’s ownership in your use of money? 

7. Have you coveted anything? 

8. Have you hurt someone’s reputation or feelings by your words? 

9. Have you been dishonest in word or action or exaggerated? 10. Have you given in to an addictive (or lazy or undisciplined) behavior?  

11. Have you been a slave to clothing, friends, work, or possessions? 

12. Have you failed to forgive someone? 

13. What worries or anxieties are you facing?  Have you complained or grumbled?  Have you maintained a thankful heart? 

14. Have you been honoring, understanding and generous in your important relationships? 

15. What temptations in thought, word, or action have you faced and how did you respond? 

16. How have you taken opportunities to serve or bless others, especially believers? 

17. Have you seen specific answers to prayer? 

18. Did you complete the reading for the week?

19. Have I been on the campus witnessing this week?

20. Did I invite students to Bible Study this week?

21. Did I prepare to teach Bible Study properly?

22. What things do I need to do better next week on the college campus?

 

EVANGELISTIC PRAYER Each person in the CHAT group is to list two or three individuals who need the Lord’s salvation.  Write down the names of all those identified in the group on each card so that all of you pray for each of the lost souls weekly.  Keep this card in your Bible as a bookmark for your daily reading so that each time you open your Bible you are reminded to pray for these people.

 

1. Lord, I pray that You draw _____ to Yourself (John 6:44). 

2. I pray that _____hear and believe the Word of  God for what it really is (1 Thes 2:13). 

3. I pray that ______seek to know You (Acts 17:27). 

4. I ask you, Lord, to prevent Satan from blinding _______to the truth (2 Cor 4:4; 2 Tim 2:25-26) 5. Holy Spirit, I ask You to convict _______ of his/her sin and need for Christ’s redemption (John 16:7-14). 

6. I ask that You send someone who will share the gospel with _________ (Matt. 9:37-38). 

7. I also ask that You give me or ______the opportunity, the courage and the right words to share with _________ (Col. 4:3-6). 

8. Lord, I pray that ________ turn from his/her sin and follow Christ (Acts 17:30-31; 1 Thess 1:9-10). 

9. Lord, I pray that _________ would put all of his/her trust in Christ (John 1:12; 5:24). 

10. Lord, I pray that ________ confess Christ as Lord, take root and grow in faith and bear fruit for Your glory (Rom. 10:9-10; Col. 2:6-7; Luke 8:15).       

11. Lord, I pray that You draw _____ to Yourself (John 6:44). 

12. I pray that _____ hear and believe the Word of  God for what it really is (1 Thes. 2:13). 

13. I pray that ______ seek to know You (Acts 17:27). 

14. I ask you, Lord, to prevent Satan from blinding _______ to the truth (2 Cor. 4:4; 2 Tim 2:25-26) 

15. Holy Spirit, I ask You to convict _______ of his/her sin and need for Christ’s redemption (John 16:7-14). 

16. I ask that You send someone who will share the gospel with _________ (Matt. 9:37-38). 

17. I also ask that You give me or ______ the opportunity, the courage and the right words to share with _________ (Col. 4:3-6). 

18. Lord, I pray that ________ turn from his/her sin and follow Christ (Acts 17:30-31; 1 Thes. 1:9-10). 

19. Lord, I pray that _________ would put all of his/her trust in Christ (John 1:12; 5:24). 

20. Lord, I pray that ________ confess Christ as Lord, take root and grow in faith and bear fruit for Your glory (Rom. 10:9-10; Col. 2:6-7; Luke 8:15).


Brethren, my heart’s desire and my prayer for them is for their salvation. - Romans 10:1

-Based on training from Curtis Sergeant.

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