Session 3 Notes – Frugality, Chastity, and Bible Intake
- In frugality we abstain from using _____________or goods at our disposal in ways that merely gratify our desires or our hunger for status, glamour, or luxury.
- Practicing frugality means we stay within the bounds of what general good judgment would designate as ________________ for the kind of life to which God has led us.
- In our culture, a large part of the freedom that comes from frugality is freedom from the spiritual bondage caused by _______________ Much of this debt is incurred by buying things that are far from necessary, and its effect, when the amount is substantial, is to diminish our sense of worth, dim our hope for the future, and eliminate our sensitivity to the needs of others.
- (Romans 13:8) Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another.
- In exercising the spiritual discipline of chastity, we purposefully turn away from dwelling upon or engaging in the _________________ dimension of our relationships to others.
- _____________________ abstention helps people appreciate and love their mates as whole persons, of which their sexuality is but one part.
- Paul encouraged abstention within marriage by mutual agreement as an aid to fasting and prayer (1 Corinthians 7:5).
- It is important to be reminded that even in instances of sexual abstinence, there is a possibility, maybe even more so of sexual ________________ in the mind (Matthew 5:28). Be careful regarding adultery of the heart.
- Chastity does not mean non-sexuality. The suffering that comes from sexuality comes in large part from an ___________________ indulgence in sexual thoughts, feelings, attitudes, and relations.
- To practice chastity, we must first practice ___________, practice seeking the good of those of the opposite sex we come in contact with at home, work, school, church, or next door.
- The Importance of Bible Intake
- Scripture produces __________ and salvation (Romans 10:14).
- Scripture brings about ____________________ (John 17:17).
- Scripture is to be central to Christian worship.
- Reading Scripture
Tips for Bible Reading
- Follow a systematic approach.
- ________ ________
- Read larger portions of text.
- Change up your translation every now and then.
Four Suggestions for Consistent Success in Bible Reading
- Make the time.
- Use a reading plan.
- Find at least one word, phrase, or verse to ________________ on each time you read.
- Seek to apply one principle each day.
Applying God’s Word
- _________________ the text in its context.
- Meditate on the text.
- Ask application questions of the text.
- Use the 3 R’s: Rejoice, Repent, Request
- Studying Scripture
- To be a disciple is to be a _____________.
- Jesus calls us to learn from Him, which brings rest from religious oppression (Matthew 11:28-29; John 8:32).
- Sometimes Scripture is hard to understand (2 Peter 3:15-16).
- We are commanded to be mature thinkers (1 Cor. 14:20).
- It is a way we ________ ______ (Mark 12:30).
- Learning characterizes the wise person (Prov. 18:15).
- Learning is essential for ________________ (Rom. 12:2).
- We will be in good company!
Ezra (7:10), Jesus (Luke 2:46-47), the Apostles (Acts 4:13), the Bereans (Acts 17:11), Paul (2 Tim. 4:13)
Other Ways to Study and Learn
- Classes, conferences, seminars, etc.
- Educational shows or movies
- ______ _______________ and have theological discussions
Some Bible Study Resources: www.EquippingBelievers.net
- Memorizing Scripture
- Because you CAN do it!
- Memorization supplies spiritual _____________.
- Memorization strengthens your faith.
- Until it’s hidden in your heart, it’s not available to your mouth.
- Memorization __________________ meditation.
Tips for Memorization
- Set a goal.
- Review every day.
- Memorize in “thought units.”
- Memorize entire passages – and even books! – rather than verses.
- Don’t try to do everything.
- Memorize it word perfectly.
- Use aids if helpful.
- Writing it out or drawing pictures may help you.
- Memorize audibly.
- Use gestures.
- Recite it in front of other people.
- Partner with others in memorization efforts.
- Enjoy the fruits of your discipline.
- Meditating on Scripture
Definition: Meditation is deep thinking on the truths and spiritual realities revealed in Scripture for the purposes of understanding, application, and prayer.
Commands and Promises: Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3
How to Meditate
- Select an appropriate passage.
- ____________ it in different ways.
- ____________ it in your own words.
- Think about applications of the text.
- ________ through the text.
- Don’t rush—take time!
Tips for Meditation
- Give some disciplined, consecrated time each day to it.
- Find solitude.
- Have a designated place.
- Keep it small. Focus on one passage.
- Use an app or reminders on your phone or post cards around.
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