Accountability: Like Iron Sharpens Iron (2 of 3) by Rick White

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Accountability: Like Iron Sharpens Iron (2 of 3)
Series: Character Traits In The Family Of Faith
Rick White
2 Samuel 11
07/22-23/95

Message Truth: Accountability is foundational to the New Testament concept of fellowship. True Biblical fellowship cannot exist without the elements of stimulating one another to love and good deeds as we pursue a walk with God.

Eccl. 4:12 And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three {strands} is not quickly torn apart.


Introduction: Several years ago I had a brief encounter with a book titled, Disciples Are Made Not Born . It was a good reminder that while we are born again as Christians through a sovereign act of God's mercy, we do have a personal responsibility to pursue a walk with God that will lead us into the lifestyle of a disciple. (There are more Christians than real disciples / fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ).
However, no where in Holy Scripture do you get the idea that this pursuit of God is to be done solo. Even the most casual reading of the New Testament leaves you with the unmistakable understanding that the Christian life is to be lived in concert (community) with other believers.

A BIBLICAL PRINCIPLE IGNORED
2Sam. 11:1 Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out {to battle,} that David sent Joab and his servants with him and all Israel, and they destroyed the sons of Ammon and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem. 2 Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king's house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. 3 So David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, "Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?" 4 And David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house. 5 And the woman ...


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