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The Me, Myself, and I syndrome


Sermon shared by Doug Gilford

July 2001
Summary: This sermon addresses the need for accountability
Denomination: Assembly of God
Audience: General adults
Genesis 4:9 Then the LORD said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said, "I do not know. Am I my brotherís keeper?" NKJV

This question that Cain asked God has echoed throughout the church since her existence.

Am I supposed to keep watch over my brother?

The answer is an undeniable YES.

From the beginning we have taken a ĎMe, Myself and Ií attitude. US FOUR and NO MORE

But the Lord has set us up as one body, and not individuals.

Why are should we be our brotherís keeper?

1. Because Itís Biblical

- ROMANS 15:1 ďWe who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves.2 Each of us should please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.3 For even Christ did not please himself butĒ

- Paul tells the church in Rome that the strong ought to help out the weak


- 1 Corinthians 12:12,14,20-26


- Galatians 6:1-2 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one anotherís burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

2. Because Itís Practical

- When I say that it is practical, I mean it is workable or simply Ė IT WORKS

- God is a practical God. Men are the ones that make God complicated

- He gives us simple to understand instructions on how to live: Do not lie, Do not cheat, Do not kill, Do not love another God, Do not Lust, Do not make idols, Honor your mom and dad, Do not commit adultery, Do not misuse the name of the Lord, and remember the Sabbath

- Man is the one who complicates the simpleness of God by adding his own opinions Ė usually we do this to make our lifestyles acceptable. Instead of complying to the rules, we complicate the rules and twist the rules to fit our lifestyles

- Becoming a keeper of your brother is a very practical way for us to become accountable to someone here on earth in spiritual matters.

- Accountability to each other is the way to preserve and protect the flock from the wolfís accessibility.

- Asking simple questions like: How are you doing spiritually? Where have you been, I missed you at church? How is your relationship with God?

- People usually have the misinterpretation that this is only for the pastor to do

- But if you read in ACTS inside of the EARLY church, there was a lot of togetherness, infact, the church was literally like a community

- Why should we be our brotherís keeper? Because it is Biblical, and it is Practical

Another reason is:

3. Because Itís Vital

- The church is lacking in strong accountability


- It is said that there are more divorces today inside of the church than in the world. Why is that?

- I believe if we had been our brotherís keeper, we could have preserved some of these marriages.

- We would have seen perhaps the couple coming to church alone or sitting apart, or not coming at all and been curious as to why.

- IN THE CHURCH: Adultery and Addictions are PREVELANT. People are leaving the church as fast as they have come in to the church, Theft and Lies, and confrontations are on the rise.

- If we were our brotherís keepers we could curb some of the problems
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