Masters Plan

Go Therefore and Make Disciples

Personal Assessment

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Personal Assessment

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You are about to embark on the wonderful journey of living life together with a fellow follower of Christ.  Jesus modeled living life in community with close personal friendships.  These intimate relationships are present throughout scripture.  The writer of Hebrews states it like this:

and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near.     Hebrews 10:24-25

Jesus answered the question, “What is the greatest commandment?” by explaining that it was to love God with all your heart, soul and mind and to love each other (Matthew 22:36-40).  He went on to say that these two commands sum up all of scripture.  We are each on an exciting journey of discovering and falling in love with Christ and yet we do this in the midst of a hurting and broken world.  Life is difficult and we need the encouragement of others to keep us from getting distracted, discouraged and losing our way.

Before you begin going through the various topics in this book, we encourage each of you to begin by filling out a Personal Assessment, available as a downloadable .pdf in the printable version of this topic. After you fill it out individually, take the time to talk through the responses together.  It is critical that you are honest with yourself and the person you are meeting with, as this assessment will allow you to establish a general baseline for your present status in your journey with Christ. For many of us this will be the first time that we truly let someone know what is going on inside, but without this kind of honesty and the laying open of our past, present and future, we limit how God can use a friend to help us mature in Christ.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”   Socrates, in Plato, Dialogues, Apology

Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!”     2 Corinthians 13:5

We need people in our lives who both challenge and encourage us—friends who know us well enough and interact with us often enough to give us continual, honest feedback as we discover Christ.  Your ability to be honest with each other will be one of the key ingredients to “stimulating one another to love and good deeds.”

Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted.  Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ.     Galatians 6:1-2

Our prayer is that these kinds of relationships will always be a significant and ever-present part of your life.

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.     Proverbs 17:17

Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.     Proverbs 27:17

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