PROVERBS RESOURCES: WEEK 6 - “Wisdom for Self-Control”

Each week during our Proverbs series we will be posting follow up resources to help you further reflect on and apply the word preached on Sunday.

SERMON SUMMARY - This week we continued our look at the wisdom of Proverbs as we considered living all of life with self-control. We saw why we need self-control— to live without self-control is holistically destructive. (Pr. 25:28). To be self-controlled is to live with an awareness that you cannot/should not do, think, or say anything you desire. It means we yield our desires to the desires of Jesus. Living with this kind of self-control is especially hard in the reactive culture that we live in, but Proverbs 14 shows us three areas of our lives where we need to practice self-control: in the moment of temptation, in the moment of anger, and in the moment of discontentment. In each of these moments, by looking to Jesus and trusting him to meet our desires, the Holy Spirit will produce self-control in our lives.

Here is a link to the sermon if you missed it - LINK - Please listen if you missed our gathering.

SCRIPTURE TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK - A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls. Proverbs 25:28 (ESV)

MC/DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Read Proverbs 25:28, 14:15-18. What is self-control?
  2. Why is living with self-control wise?
  3. What makes living with self-control hard? How is our culture shaping us to lack self-control (to be reactive people)? Do you see this in your life?
  4. Why is the Gospel good news for us when we need or lack self-control? What does it mean that Jesus was the “Self-Controlled One”?
  5. Sunday we talked about three areas of our everyday life when we all need to practice self-control: 1) In the moment of temptation, 2) In the moment of anger, 3) In the moment of discontentment. Which of these hits home for you? What does it look like for you to look to Jesus and practice self-control in those moments?

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