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.


About Michael R. Jones

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