The three sections:
Outline of this Word
Other Concepts (found within the context of this word)
Mark 5:15; Luke 8:35 - [After Jesus healed the demoniac] - People came... and saw the demoniac sitting dressed and in his right mind.
2 Corinthians 5:13 [See context - Paul is defending himself against false accusations] If we are out of our mind, it is for God's sake; if we are in our right mind, it is for you.
Titus 2:4 - Older women, once they had been taught how to live (by Titus), were to train the younger women how to live. [...that is, to teach them how they should "control themselves"]
Overseers - 1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8
Young men - Titus 2:6
Older men - Titus 2:2
Younger women - taught by the older women. [Implication: the older women must also learn it!] - Titus 2:5
In other words, we ALL are to learn this!
NOTES ABOUT THIS SECTION:
All are taught by grace - Titus 2:12 (See below.)
- Titus was told to teach the men and the older women. But he was told to let the older women teach the younger ones!
- Each of the above passages includes additional character traits that the individuals were also to possess or learn. You may want to look at some... especially if they apply to you!
Influencing the way we think about ourselves.
Influencing our response to circumstances.
Influencing one's thoughts and words: an example (Paul).
Influencing women's lifestyles.
Those who know God have received a spirit of self-control.
God's grace teaches us to live self-controlled lives.
[Concepts may be found in the context surrounding the verse references given below.]
Mark 5:15; Luke 8:35 - demon possession
Acts 26:25 - insanity; being out of one's mind
Romans 12:3 - "inflated" thinking about one's self; being conformed to the world's way of thinking
1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8; 2:2-10 - [lists of qualities - mentions a few items considered incompatible]
2 Timothy 1:7 - a spirit of timidity; being ashamed to openly talk about Jesus
Titus 2:12 - saying "Yes" to ungodliness and worldly passions
Acts 26:25 - speaking truthfully
1 Timothy 3:2; Titus 1:8; 2:2-10 - [lists of qualities]
2. Timothy 1:7 - a spirit of power and of love
Titus 2:12 - being upright and godly
1 Peter 4:7 - [various commands]
(You may include verses which are not a part of this study.)
How might a Christian be viewed as being "out of his mind," in the sense of 2 Corinthians 5:13? (You might also wish to look at other verses such as: 1 Corinthians 1:18+)
Some aspects of self-control may involve teaching/learning. Are there any ways in which you can (or should be) involved in this (either as a teacher or a learner)? If you really should, what steps can/will you take to begin?
List some specific ways in which self-control or self-discipline needs to influence your attitudes and actions. Most likely, you will have opportunity in the next week to practice some of these things. So think about them, plan possible courses of action, and try to remember these things when the opportunity arrives.
God has given us everything we need, in order that we may have self-control. Review the verses that focus on what God has done. These verses can be a source of encouragement (for those who are weak, yet who keep trying) or a source of warning (for those who don't care and prefer to continue sinning). How can you use these promises as a source of encouragement when you stumble (when you fail to have self-control)? [Remember that these promises do not negate your responsibility to obey and submit to the Word of God. Do not twist and distort these facts about God's provision so that they become an excuse for spiritual laziness! 2 Peter 3:16b]
Dennis Hinks © 1996