Summary: Only through holding one another accountable in love can the church remain pure.
Series: Being the Body
REMAINING PURE THROUGH ACCOUNTABILITY
In 2001 the natural gas giant Enron collapsed destroying the lives of thousands of families and investors and even causing calamity upon our national economy. The collapse was due to faulty and fraudulent accounting practices that were in place to tell people what they wanted to hear. In the end, everyone suffered.
(1 Thess 5:11-15) Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish (noutheteo) you; 13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. 14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn (noutheteo) them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. 15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
1) to provide instruction as to correct behavior and belief ’to instruct, to teach, instruction, teaching.’ Eph 6:4 ---’raise them in the discipline and instruction of the Lord’.
2) to admonish someone for having done something wrong ’to admonish, to rebuke.’’
3) to advise someone concerning the dangerous consequences of some happening or action ’to warn, warning.’
(from Greek English Lexicon Based on Semantic Domain. Copyright (c) 1988 United Bible Societies, New York. Used by permission.)
Examples: Nathan confronting David
Paul confronting Peter
I. THE IMPORTANCE OF ACCOUNTABILITY
A. Accountability Protects the Integrity and
Effectiveness of the Individual and Local Church
Salt is a compound of sodium chloride which can only lose its effectiveness when impurities are added to it. Then it becomes useless.
B. Accountability Is an Expression of Pure Love
(Colson, Body, p109) Sometimes we confuse love with permissiveness. It is not love to fail to dissuade another believer from sin any more than it is love to fail to take a drink away from an alcoholic or matches away from a toddler. True fellowship out of love for one another demands accountability.
C. Accountability Establishes Deeper Fellowship
Bill Hybels recalls a time when Dr. Gilbert Bilezikian was speaking for a leadership conference at Willow Creek Community Church. He writes about it like thisY ADr. Bilezikian said there=s life-changing fellowship in biblically functioning community. That was a far cry from the childhood experience of a lot of his audience! The only kind of fellowship that many of his listeners had witnessed revolved around the fifteen or twenty minutes after the service when the men would stand around the church patio and ask each other superficial questions. So how’s it going at work Jake, one of them would ask. Fine, Phil. Say, you driving a new pickup? Used, Phil would reply. >What do you have going this week? >Not much.>Well, great fellowshipping with you, Jake. Same here. That was about it. They’d (find their wives who) were having similar conversations, and go home until next week.