Have You Examined Yourself Lately?

Spiritual self-examination is a useful self-discipline. I was first exposed to this in college (Homiletics class, no less) and it has been a useful exercise, especially when engaged in regularly and in accordance with Scripture. Turn off the TV, get a few minutes alone, and examine your heart.

Here are a few resources to help you with this:

John Wesley’s Holy Club Questions – No, I’m not a big fan of John Wesley, but these questions are outstanding. Ask yourself these questions honestly and you’ll see where your devotion really lies.

The Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards – Edwards also attaches some wisdom about their use right at the beginning: (1) read over them once a week and (2) remember that they’re for God’s glory, not so you can think yourself a super-Christian (like the Pharisees).

Three From Richard Baxter (author of The Reformed Pastor):

Signs of Living to Please God – Turn these into questions and ask them of yourself.

The Ten Marks of a Flesh-Pleaser – Helpful for those who serve the Lord (which should be every Christian). Do you serve to please others, or the Lord?

Directions for Hating Sin – Not so much for self-examination as for guidance so that your self-examination is encouraging rather than discouraging.

A modern list:

Self-Examination Questions – from a Christian blogger in the UK

And a secular list:

20 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Sunday – Amazing how unbelievers come up with things that Christians have been doing for centuries and then act like they’ve created something new.

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About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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