5 Steps on Detecting Dependence

As a pastor or someone who is in ministry [elder, leadership, pastoral staff etc…] our call to live in a constant dependence on Jesus is something that is not only a difficult task to do, but it is also hard to honestly evaluate how we are doing at it. In Darrin Patrick book, Church Planter, he gives five helpful questions and passages to meditate on. The hope is that through these questions we may start to have a clearer picture of just whatw e are depending op.

  1. Which do I want more — to know God or to achieve for God? [passages: Phil. 3:10; Ex. 33.13; 1 Tim.4:6–10]
  2. When was the last time I experienced a prompting of the Holy Spirit? [passages: Jn. 4:7–19; Acts. 16:6–10]
  3. Am I consistently being convicted of sin in my life? [passages: Heb. 12:5–11; Jn. 16:7–8; 1 Jn. 3:9]
  4. Am I consistently accepting my acceptace by God through Christ? [passages: 2 Cor. 5:17, 21]
  5. Where do my thoughts go when I am not forced to think about anything? [passages: Ps. 63.1–4]

Hopefully these five tools are helpful to evaluate where your dependence is. What would you add? How do you move forward from here?

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