The Call for Accountability

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Mike Calhoun, from Word of Life Fellowship, describes the biblical call for believers to engage in three different levels of discipleship and accountability. By finding a coach, a friend and disciple, believers can find support for spiritual growth from all sides.

Mike speaks to thousand of students, leaders and youth pastors through a diversified ministry of camps, conferences and evangelistic events. He has a deep burden for evangelism, discipleship and development of future leadership.



There are three different levels of accountability and discipleship. Mike describes these types of relationships as necessary to work together for the comp lee spiritual growth of any believer. They are:

  • a coach
  • a friend
  • a disciple
Read the following verses that reference each of these relationships and answer the questions about your spiritual walk.

Read 1 Corinthians 10:31–11:1 and 1 Thessalonians 2:11–12. Who do you have in your life that is worthy of imitating? Who encourages you in your faith like a spiritual father or mother?
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Read Philippians 2:25–30 and Proverbs 27:17. Do you have someone who holds you accountable? Do you have brothers or sisters who you can speak plainly to about their walk with the Lord?
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Mike said that when we place Jesus first, we don't worry that our accountability will hold us to legalistic standards or ask embarrassing questions. How well do you receive correction? Are you teachable?
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Read Philippians 2:19–22. Is there a Christian in your life, who is less advanced in his walk, whom you can encourage, guide, and advise?
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Just as we are to treat Jesus, our time in these different levels of accountability is to be a relationship and not a set of rules.


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