Monday, 28 March 2016

Christian Quiz “How am I doing?”

Quizzes are popular today and self-examination has a role in the reformed Christian tradition. Here is a quiz to help us analyse our progress in the Christian life. The aim of this quiz is to identify the areas in which one can change, develop and improve during the coming year. Incidentally, perfection is impossible - but perfection is the only valid ticket into Heaven. That is why Christ came, to achieve for His followers, what they could not achieve without His 'salvation'.

Each question gets five marks. (0= not doing this at all and 5= doing this all the time). Be honest. 

Section 1 - Your relationship with God
  • Do you (still) have a living relationship with the risen Christ that you develop through prayer, meditation and Bible reading, or is this a thing of the past? 
  • Are you putting God’s written word which cannot be manipulated or broken before all else in your life - and also sharing it?
  • Do you love God above all else - above all competing loves, desires, interests, art, food and drink, travel, money, security, family, pleasures? (If not, they are idols)
  • Are you willing to follow Him, even if it means not ending up a ‘winner’ according to the measure of the world? 
  • Do you trust in Him alone, not in yourself, and not in the world - or are you half-trusting in God and half in yourself
Total 50 marks
0-19 - Though you may think of yourself as a Christian, are you? Ask yourself who is really in charge of your life. Read the Bible and talk to Christian teachers.
20-35- Are you attracted by the materialistic and secular world? Ask yourself why. Get a grip.
36-45 - Keep going and improve. Treat it as a project (but trust God to fill up what you cannot do yourself).
46-48 - Not quite fully Christlike, yet.

49 and 50 - humanly unachievable

Section 2 - Your obedience to God
  • Do you read and listen to His hard sayings, in their fullness, or only to some parts of the Bible that suit you? 
  • Do you love and protect His created world, as a faithful steward? 
  • Do you bow the knee to him in worship and prayer, or is your inner heart set elsewhere, on your own agendas? 
  • Do you feel humble before God or are the talking back to Him, questioning His dealings with you?  Is there still pride in your achievements?
  • Are you teaching and sharing the Gospel, which involves sharing about sin, that we fall short of His standards and are in need of a Saviour (the Cross as The Way to salvation and eternal life)? 
Total 50 marks
0-19 - Though you may think of yourself as a Christian, are you? Ask yourself who is really in charge of your life. Read the Bible and talk to Christian teachers.
20-35- Are you attracted by the materialistic and secular world? Ask yourself why. Get a grip.
36-45 - Keep going and improve. Treat it as a project (but trust God to fill up what you cannot do yourself).
46-48 - Not quite fully Christlike, yet
49 and 50 - humanly unachievable.

Section 3 - The Commandments
  • Are you fully observing a day of rest, not working or shopping (except in emergencies)?
  • Are you nurturing hatred, envy, self-assertion and revenge in your heart?
  • Are you back-biting, bad mouthing people behind their backs or framing people in a negative light?
  • Are you lying or bearing false witness?
  • Are you engaging in carnality contrary to the written Word of God?
Total 50 Marks
0-19 - Though you may think of yourself as a Christian, are you? Ask yourself who is really in charge of your life. Read the Bible and talk to Christian teachers.
20-35- Are you attracted by the materialistic world? Ask yourself why. Get a grip.
36-45 - Keep going and improve. Treat it as a project (but trust God to fill up what you cannot do yourself).
46-48 - Not quite fully Christlike, yet
49 and 50 - humanly unachievable


Section 4 - Practices
  • Are you parenting and teaching children in truth?
  • Do you admire or model your behaviour on godly people?
  • Do you see yourself as a servant (often to the point of self-sacrifice) to God and one’s neighbour, including those living on low incomes, those ill or disabled, those from ethnic minorities, treating people as equally made in the image of God and equally important to Him?
  • Are you inviting the outcast, the stranger and the lonely into your home, offering warm hospitality and a genuine sense of welcome?
  • Are you keeping in contact with and visiting the sick, disabled - and prisoners? 
Total 50 Marks
0-19 - Though you may think of yourself as a Christian, are you converted? Ask yourself who is really in charge of your life. Read the Bible and talk to Christian teachers.
20-35 - Are you attracted by the materialistic world? Ask yourself why. Get a grip.
36-45 - Keep going and improve. Treat it as a project (but trust God to fill up what you cannot do yourself).
46-48 - Not quite fully Christlike, yet
49 and 50 - humanly unachievable.
  • Are you regularly going to church, taking Communion and supporting its mission? 
  • Are you loving those who have exploited, abused or hurt you (though one is not supposed to go on being bullied), blessing them and praying for them, having peace and love, not hatred for them (even if actual forgiveness depends on them repenting)?
  • Are you doing unto others what you would have them do unto you? If you want them to serve you, do you serve them equally?  If you want them to treat you fairly, do you treat them fairly? If you want them to love you, do you love them and do you continue to love them when they do not respond in kind, demonstrating a higher path?
  • Are you remembering those who are marginalised by a modern thrusting world, the gentle, the less able, those without family support, the ill and weak, the elderly - and setting out to befriend, comfort and if possible, to minister to them? 
  • Are you thinking of the needs (if not the 'wants') of those near to you and those you daily encounter, seeking to meet them and/or pray for them, depending on your ability and resources? 
Total marks 50
0-19 - Though you may think of yourself as a Christian, are you converted? Ask yourself who is really in charge of your life. Read the Bible and talk to Christian teachers.
20-35 - Are you attracted by the materialistic world? Ask yourself why. Get a grip.
36-45 - Keep going and improve. Treat it as a project (but trust God to fill up what you cannot do yourself).
46-48 - Not quite fully Christlike yet.
49 and 50 - humanly unachievable

Section 5- Regular Practices
  • Is your life dominated by obsessions or addictions (i.e. idols)?
  • Are you seeking to help orphans and widows, the involuntarily single, the ignorant, the sick and terminally ill? 
  • Are you constantly praying about your work which is your vocation (if you are well enough to work at all) that it should serve His Will so that you can support yourself, not burden others, or the State?
  • Are you praying about what God wants you to do to build His Kingdom and are you willing to do this in whatever way you are called to it? 
  • Are you especially seeking to help the living local and international Church and its local and persecuted members? 
Total Marks 50
0-19 - Though you may think of yourself as a Christian, are you? Ask yourself who is really in charge of your life. Read the Bible and talk to Christian teachers.
20-35- Are you attracted by the materialistic world? Ask yourself why. Get a grip.
36-45 - Keep going and improve. Treat it as a project (but trust God to fill up what you cannot do yourself).
46-48 - Not quite Christlike yet.

49 and 50 - humanly unachievable

Quotes
  • Jesus said “Be a Light in the World” Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
  • Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
  • Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
  • Jesus said “Matthew 5:43-44 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you”

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