At our fall retreat we learned about John Wesley’s practice of covenant discipleship and community through small groups. In this intentional practice of spiritual formation, the group members asked themselves these following questions in their devotion time as a way to examine their souls and invite God to shape their lives and being. Allow yourself to be challenged and encouraged through these questions.
- Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really 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 on to another what was told to me in confidence?
- Can I be trusted?
- 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 it time to speak to me everyday?
- Am I enjoying prayer?
- When did I last speak to someone else 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 as other people, especially as the Pharisees who
despised the publican?
- Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward
or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it?
- Do I grumble or complain constantly?
- Is Christ real to me?