Summary: What does accountability look like in a group, and why would anyone want to be held accountable?
Two weeks ago we started a new series called Growth Through Groups and we began to take a look at three different areas that we will grow through groups- community, depth, and accountability. We looked at community, and how we need to do life together with other like minded people. People with the same desires as us, because when it comes down to it, community is a group of people with a common unity. There’s something that brings us together—like our love for God, or a desire to make people happy, or a desire to be the best versions of ourselves. We talked about how community is vital to the life of someone who wants to grow. And then we talked about depth, and being mature—essentially knowing what you believe and why you believe it. Cathy, one of our volunteers said something about my talk on depth that made me laugh—she said, “I hope I’m a tree stuck in an iceberg!” I hope I am too—the kind of person that grows deep and wide in what I believe and why I believe it. You need to be the kind of person that craves solid food, and not like the little baby drinking milk.
Tonight, we’re wrapping up this series on growth through groups by talking about one more thing we hope to grow through groups – accountability. This is one of those big, uncomfortable words that makes many of us cringe when we hear it. The truth is that most of us don’t like accountability—it means you have to be responsible for your actions. You have to do what you say you’re going to do. You have to keep your word. There aren’t really any rules to accountability, but it’s a concept; and in the Christian context, there are some assumed rules-more less, guidelines. But we’ll get to that later.
The question is why would anyone want to grow accountability? It really goes back to our goals and resolutions—we say we’re going to do something or be somebody, then we need help sticking to it. We need someone to keep us accountable if we’re going to achieve those goals. When we choose to give our lives to Christ, and become Christian, then we’ve basically decided that we are no longer going to live for ourselves, but we are going to live surrendered lives to God. Living the Christian life is tough, which is why the concept of accountability comes into play. We want to grow depth, and we need accountability to help us achieve that depth. (My Own Accountability for Goals)
There are two types of accountability. Being accountable to God - Romans 14:9-13 says, “ 9For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. 10You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God's judgment seat. 11It is written:
" 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord,
'every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will confess to God.' "[a] 12So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. 13Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way. “