Outline of this Word
Other Concepts (found within the context of this word)
One aspect of "faith in Jesus"
One of the "fruit of the Spirit"
A necessity for "assurance of salvation"
Needed by overseers
All need to add it to their lives
It must be from the heart (not merely an external appearance)
An example to learn from: the athlete
If you are married...
If you are not married and do not have self-control
It is a characteristic of those who are godless in the "last days"
It is described as "self-indulgence"... and makes one worthy of "woe"
[Concepts may be found in the context surrounding the verse references given below.]
Matthew 23:25 - robbery, self-indulgence [The word translated "self-indulgence" means "not-self-controlled"]
Galatians 5:22-24 - see previous context: the flesh ("sinful nature") with all its passions and desires
2 Timothy 3:1-5 - characteristics of the ungodly
Acts 24:25 - righteousness and judgment - aspects of "faith in Christ"
Galatians 5:22-23 - the fruit of the Spirit; crucifying the flesh ("sinful nature") and its passions and desires; living and walking by the Spirit
Titus 1:7-9 - [list of characteristics]
2 Peter 1:3-11 [list of character qualities that must increase in our lives; assurance of salvation; etc.]
(You may include verses which are not a part of this study.)
What are some of the things God has given us, in order that we may be able to control our actions? How important is lifestyle to Christianity? What relationship is there between actions and heart? What does the Word of God tell you about your obligations in this matter?
If you have self-control in your life, how can it be a source of encouragement for you? How can an "increasing measure" of self-control encourage you? According to 2 Peter 1, when can a person rightfully have "assurance of salvation"? How can we be guaranteed to have fruitful lives?
In 2 Peter 1:8, the phrase "in increasing measure" (or something similar, depending on translation) is very important:
Perhaps the basic principle in 1 Corinthians 7:1-9 could be described as: "Take necessary measures to avoid sin in areas that self-control may be lacking." What are some issues in your life in which this might apply?
Dennis Hinks © 1996