I have shared this “Covenant Health Assessment” the last month or so with various audiences: two Camp Meetings and two of my churches. Please take a few minutes to go over it, keeping in mind that this is a “work in progress” and not scientific. If you have any disagreements over the answers, or on how I can word some of the questions more clearly, please let me know. Also, if you’d like to know why I have chosen the answer to be what it is, you can listen to my Northern New England Camp Meeting presentation that addresses this subject. Click here.
1. When it comes to salvation, justification is God’s part and sanctification is:
a. My part
b. God’s part
2. I feel it is important to return tithes and offerings because:
a. I want God to continue to bless me with temporal blessings
b. I am appreciative to God for what He has done for me
3. I want to go to heaven for:
a. My sake
b. Christ’s sake
4. When I am sick and in the hospital, I feel:
a. That unless my pastor visits me, I have not really received spiritual care
b. Happy just to have anyone from my church visit me
5. When I get into a fight/disagreement with someone else, I usually:
a. Wait for the other person to apologize/attempt to reconcile first
b. Try to initiate reconciliation, regardless of who is really in the wrong
6. When I miss my morning devotions with the Lord, I feel:
7. When my pastor misses a Board Meeting, I feel:
a. As though there are plenty of others in the church who are able to fill the void
b. He is not doing his job
8. When I am in a room with people and I see someone I know, I usually:
a. Try to initiate a conversation with him/her
b. Wait for him/her to initiate a conversation
9. When a fellow church member is living in open sin, I:
a. Feel like we have a responsibility to redemptively appeal to the person to bring his/her life into harmony with God and, if necessary, use church discipline
b. Recognize that we are all sinners and thus do not feel like it is our place to judge him/her
c. Encourage others to simply pray for him/her
10. When I recognize there is a sin or bad habit in my life that God has convicted me of, I:
a. Believe that Christ has already won the victory over that sin at the cross and claim His victory as my victory
b. Try my hardest to overcome my defects of character
11. I believe:
a. No one can completely overcome sinning this side of heaven
b. God’s grace can keep us from ever stumbling again
12. When it comes to doctrine, I believe:
a. It is not so much important as to what one believes, but how he/she lives
b. What one believes invariably informs how he/she lives
13. A young man really wants to get baptized but he has a smoking addiction. He has overcome many other bad habits but no matter what he does, he cannot stop smoking. You would:
a. Baptize him anyway because smoking is a hard addiction to kick, and to delay his baptism may discourage him
b. Explain to Him that Christ has already gained victory for Him, and baptism is a reflection of the fact that He has experientially received that victory
c. Tell him that he cannot be baptized until he stops smoking
14. God expects me to:
a. Make promises to Him
b. Believe His promises to me
15. A person says that obedience does not have to be a part of the Christian’s experience. That person is living under:
a. The New Covenant
b. The Old Covenant
Answers: For numbers 1-5, if you answered B, you get 2 points. If you answered A or C you get 0 points
For numbers 6-10, if you answered A you get 2 points. If you answered B or C you get 0 points
For numbers 11-15, if you answered B you get 2 points. If you answered A or C you get 0 points
Add all the points up: Highest possible is 30. Lowest possible is 0.
Here’s the bad news: this is a pass/fail test.
Either you got 30 points and passed.
Or you got anything less than 30 points and failed.
And I would imagine that very few get a perfect 30. If you did, you are ready for translation!
But this is the goal of God’s everlasting covenant-commitment: He is trying to completely expunge us of any and all old covenant thinking and behavior.