Examine Yourselves

2 Corinthians 13:5-6

Possiible questions to examine yourself before participating in the Communion Supper.

  1. Is it Holy?  Is it wise?
  2. Do I teach to others that they should not steal, then do I steal i.e. pirate music, videos, programs, etc. off the internet or other computers? Romans 2:21
  3. Do I say that one should not commit adultery, then do I commit adultery by lusting after women? Romans 2:22a; Matthew 5:28
    1. Are you a Christian?
    2. Have you ever looked at pornography?
    3. Do I go to R rated movies?
    4. Do you blaspheme? Do you notice how they use the name of Jesus in blaspheme in movies but never Mohamed or Allah or Zeus or Apollo or Aphrodite or Thor or Confucius or Napoleon or Shakespeare or Hitler? Paying Hollywood to blaspheme the name of Jesus Christ when they would not be permitted to do that to Mohamed or Allah.
    5. Do you watch the sex scene in R rated movies?
    6. Husband and wife are making love in their bedroom and they notice that the window covering open and someone is looking through the window at them having sex. What should they do? What is that person called?
    7. What's the difference between you who watch people having sex on a window we call a screen and the guy peering through the window? You're paying for yours.
    8. Are you guys having sex before marriage?
    9. Should Christian support Hollywood for doing that?
    10. Are you going to keep going to dirty movies as a Christian?
  4. Do I say that I abhor idols and then rob temples? Romans 2:22b
  5. Do I boast in the Law and then by breaking the Law, do I dishonor God? Romans 2:23
  6. Do I hate my brother? I John 3:15
  7. John Wesley's General Rules
    1. Do no harm or any kind of evil.
    2. Do all the good and acts of mercy you can.
    3. Attend upon the ordinances i.e. spiritual disciplines such as public worship, the ministry of the word, Communion, Bible study/searching the Scriptures, family and private prayer, and fasting or abstinence etc.)
  8. John Wesley's self-examination quiz (1729-1730). Here is one set of nearly two dozen questions similar to what John Wesley gave to members of his discipleship groups more than 200 years ago. The questions have their origin in the spiritual accountability group started by Wesley when he was a student at Oxford — a group that detractors called "The Holy Club." The first list appeared about 1729 or 1730 in the preface to Wesley's second Oxford Diary. Similar questions appeared in his 1733 A Collection of Forms of Prayer for Every Day in the Week. As late as 1781, Wesley published a list of questions like this in the Arminian Magazine.
    1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
    2. Do I confidentially pass on to others what has been said to me in confidence?
    3. Can I be trusted?
    4. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work or habits?
    5. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
    6. Did the Bible live in me today?
    7. Do I give the Bible time to speak to me every day?
    8. Am I enjoying prayer?
    9. When did I last speak to someone else of my faith? [ conversation starter questions ]
    10. Do I pray about the money I spend?
    11. Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?
    12. Do I disobey God in anything?
    13. Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
    14. Am I defeated in any part of my life?
    15. Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy or distrustful?
    16. How do I spend my spare time?
    17. Am I proud?
    18. Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisees who despised the publican?
    19. Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it?
    20. Do I grumble or complain constantly?
    21. Is Christ real to me?
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