John Wesley’s Holy Club Questions

John Wesley and Charles Wesley created a club while they were students at Oxford where they methodically tried to live out their Christian lives.  Apparently they were mocked as the “Holy Club” by their fellow students, yet despite this persisted in striving to live lives of holiness, generosity, and social consciousness.  Thanks to Scott Benedict for the heads up during chapel at school regarding this list.  The questions are worth reading and reflecting on as we examine how our lives express our devotion to God.

  1. Am I consciously or unconsciously creating the impression that I am better than I really am? In other words, am I a hypocrite?
  2. Am I honest in all my acts and words, or do I exaggerate?
  3. Do I confidentially pass on to another what was told to me in confidence?
  4. Can I be trusted?
  5. Am I a slave to dress, friends, work, or habits?
  6. Am I self-conscious, self-pitying, or self-justifying?
  7. Did the Bible live in me today?
  8. Do I give it time to speak to me everyday?
  9. Am I enjoying prayer?
  10. When did I last speak to someone else about my faith?
  11. Do I pray about the money I spend?
  12. Do I get to bed on time and get up on time?
  13. Do I disobey God in anything?
  14. Do I insist upon doing something about which my conscience is uneasy?
  15. Am I defeated in any part of my life?
  16. Am I jealous, impure, critical, irritable, touchy, or distrustful?
  17. How do I spend my spare time?
  18. Am I proud?
  19. Do I thank God that I am not as other people, especially as the Pharisees who despised the publican?
  20. Is there anyone whom I fear, dislike, disown, criticize, hold a resentment toward or disregard? If so, what am I doing about it?
  21. Do I grumble or complain constantly?
  22. Is Christ real to me?

Of course we will fail at living up to these standards, because no one does.  Thanks be to God that we are saved by grace.  I believe that you might be able to live up to most of these at one time or another, or even almost continually, but it will never be by your own effort or will power.  I am convinced that as you pursue knowing God, having a relationship with God, as you spend time in prayer and worship, the Holy Spirit works in you to change you so that your actions more and more resemble those of Christ.  It is the work of God, not ourselves.

2 thoughts on “John Wesley’s Holy Club Questions

    • Yeah Joy. Just to get started I am generally do not do number one very well, number two can be a problem. Numbers 3, 4, 5 seem relatively OK, but I can certainly justify myself in number 6. . . Thank God for grace.


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