When we set a goal to read the entirety of God’s word and spend time in the Bible each day, we are setting ourselves very much apart from the world and actively working against the adversary. As a result, we often find ourselves bombarded by distractions that lead us away from developing this God honoring habit that is vital for every believer to have in these turbulent times. With this in mind, I want to encourage you to form accountability trains (small groups) to help remind and encourage one another to keep up with the Bible study and stay in the Word. These groups can be vital, eternally so, in facilitating a deeper relationship with the Father. It is an integral way that we can encourage our brothers and sisters and serve our King.
Below are just some suggestions for starting an accountability train:
- If you’re in our Facebook group, you can become a conductor! How this works is that you let the group know you’re starting an accountability train and ask who would like to join, or you can do this privately among your friends in the group. It is best to keep trains small so I would suggest no more than five people (you can add more at your discretion if someone asks to join). Then, friend those five people and each morning take the time to leave a post such as the following and tag them in it:
If you are part of an accountability train, here is your responsibility: Check in each day. Pray for everyone on your train. Take seriously your responsibility to read the Word each day, and encourage others on your train as they set out to do the same. After you get to know one another better, you might even want to ask for addresses and send cards of encouragement from time to time. Passengers on trains who are local to one another could even meet up in person regularly if they like.
Some ideas that work outside of Facebook:
- Start an accountability train via text message on cell phone (if you’re not on Facebook) or Facebook messenger among your friends. Check in on the group each day once you’ve read or have an active discussion about the readings.
- Set up an accountability train via email each day to friends and family who want to take part with a link to the readings. Set up a list of addresses that you copy and paste each day to make this easier.
Do you have other ideas that group members can use for forming accountability groups? Leave them in the comments below!
These are just some of the ways that we can all pitch in and play a part in strengthening the group as a whole, help more people become daily bible readers, and bring honor and glory to our King!