Self-Discipline 1

Series: Self-Discipline
Presenter: Alexander Strauch

In this first of three videos, we will explore what Scripture teaches about self-discipline in the life of a Spirit-indwelt elder.

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Remember It

Contemplate these questions, then click on each question to see the answer.
1. How would you define self-discipline? (You can use a dictionary to answer this question.)
“Restraint exercised over one’s own impulses, emotions, or desires.”
2. What is the main point of Proverbs 25:28?
A person without self-discipline has no protection from his own lusts, feelings, emotions, or temptation. Sin and Satan easily overpower him.
3. List three reasons why self-discipline is a biblical requirement for church elders.
So that a leader will be an example to others in this area; as a sign of the fruit of the Holy Spirit in the life of a leader; so that a leader can do his work effectively; to enable a leader to resist lust, sinful temptations, and his own out-of-control emotions.

Discuss It

  1. Did you ever have a specific time in your life when you realized that you lacked self-discipline and that it was a root problem to many or all other problems in your life? Possibly you are coming to that realization now. If so, explain.
  2. In what area or areas of your life do you need to develop more self-discipline?

Apply It

  1. Add to your prayer lists the request for the Holy Spirit to help you in your battle against a lack of discipline and for more of the virtue of self-discipline.
  2. Study what the Scripture teaches about the Christian virtue of self-discipline, especially the book of Proverbs (use a concordance or online bible to find all references to “discipline” or “self-control.” Make a list of the benefits of being self-controlled and the negatives of not being self-controlled. Besides the Scripture, what are some other practical benefits of being self-controlled?