Self-Control, August 4-10

        Scripture: Galatians 5:16-26

Message Outline


You can exercise Self-control

Acts 24:25; Galatians 5:23; 1 Corinthians 7:5, 9; 9:25, Titus 1:8; 2 Timothy 3:3; 2 Peter 1:6


WHAT: akrasia vs. enkrateia in the Spirit’s power


            Self-control vs. Spirit-control

 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. Galatians 5:16


HOW: by controlling three body parts

Loins – restrain your sexual desires

All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit,  1 Corinthians 6:18–20  


            Stomach – resist gluttony and drunkenness

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, Ephesians 5:18


            Tongue – master your mouth           

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up. Ephesians 4:29


WHY: to win the ultimate prize

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24–27




What’s Going On

Daniel Book

Big God in a Chaotic World, A Study of Daniel 1-6. The book is now available. You can purchase at the Welcome Center today or online at


If you have accepted Christ and are ready to take the next step of being baptized on Aug. 18, use your Care Card to let us know and we’ll contact you. Baptism rehearsal is tomorrow, Aug. 5, 7 pm in the Chapel. You may also contact the church at 972.547.7000 or visit the website.

New Believer’s Class

Our Children’s Pastor, David Klippert-Rowe, is hosting a New Believer’s Class next Sunday, Aug. 11, for any child who has professed faith in Christ and would like to know what’s next. This class will meet from 11:25 am – 12:15 pm in the Green room (room 103). Join your child for this 45-minute presentation that will help them learn how to grow in their walk with Jesus.

Are you interested in leading a Life Group? 

Now is your opportunity! We would like to start some new Life Groups and are looking for new leaders to help us out. Contact Tracie Ewing at

Volunteer Expo

Have you thought about serving in church, but have no idea how you to help? Or maybe you have some questions that need answering before you raise your hand to volunteer? That’s what the Volunteer Expo is all about. Volunteer Expo is during both services today. We’ll release a bit early to make time for you to meet ministry leaders and ask questions so you can figure out where you fit in the body of Christ.

Equipping For Impact (EFI)

As a part of the body of Christ we have all been given gifts and abilities to use to impact others. Join us on Saturday, Aug. 17, 9-4 pm, for a once-a-year opportunity — Equipping for Impact. This day of inspiration, equipping and great fellowship will leave you refreshed and ready to make an impact for Christ! Full details and registration are online, but you can also stop by the kiosk today for information and to register.

Annual Webb School Supply Drive

The Annual School Supply Drive for our adopted school, Webb Elementary, is July 28 – Aug. 11. Create an individual backpack for a specific grade level or donate any of the items on the supply list online. Thank you for helping a student! Contact Deb Beasley at

Foster/Adopt Ministries Parents Night Out

Have you adopted, fostered, or are considering it? Join us Friday, Aug. 9, 6:30-9:30 pm at Fuzzy’s Tacos in McKinney for a couples’ night out to support each other through the journey. Childcare available with advance registration. Contact Tiffany Savage,


It’s almost time to go “Back to School” and hundreds of children in our community can’t afford new school clothes. CAC partners with area churches, local businesses and you to serve and clothe these kids. Each $100 given will clothe one child and our goal this year is to clothe 1,000 kids. We are accepting donations during services now through Sept. 1. Write “CAC” in the memo line of your check or on your cash envelope. Contact Lu Mackey, or 972.547.7034



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Group Discussion Questions

  1. How would you describe the fruit of self-control? Why do you think it is so difficult to exhibit self-control?
  2. How does “self”-control fit with the truth that it is the Spirit who controls us as we yield to him? What is God’s part and what is ours? What are the dangers of going to one extreme or the other: to overemphasize that God creates the fruit or to overemphasize that we must develop the fruit?
  3. How do our bodies play a big part in our spiritual growth? See Romans 6:11-13 and 12:1-2. How do our bodies relate to self-control?
  4. How can you exercise self-control over your loins to restrain sexual desires? Be as practical and specific as possible.
  5. How can you exercise self-control over your stomach to resist gluttony and drunkenness? What are dangers of these desires? Again be practical and specific.
  6. How can you exercise self-control over your tongue to master your mouth? Where or in what ways are you tempted to say what you should not say? Be practical and specific in how to exercise self-control over your tongue.
  7. What powerful motivation does Paul give for self-control in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27? What is the crown? What motivates you to exercise self-control?
  8. Where is the Spirit of God most convicting you to grow in self-control? What are you going to do about it?


Family Discussion Question

  1. In what areas of self-control are you most vulnerable (gluttony, greed, envy, laziness, anger, materialism, etc.)?
  2. How do sound judgment and inner strength affect self-control? Where do we go to get sound judgment and gain control over our thoughts (2 Timothy 3:16; Psalm 119:105 and 111)?
  3. What does James 1:14-15 say is the result of temptations that are acted upon? What are some of the consequences of your lack of self-control you identified in question one?
  4. What should we do in the areas where we are tempted (1 Timothy 6:10)? How does this look practically for you?
  5. What does 2 Corinthians 10:5 say we must do with our thoughts? How can we do that? How disciplined are you in spending time with Jesus? What changes do you need to make to prioritize your time with the Lord?
  6. Pick one of these two verses and meditate on what you can specifically focus your thoughts and desires: Colossians 3:1-2 and/or Philippians 4:8.
  7. How have you been doing with your memory verse? Here’s a fun way for you and your family to remember it:



How should a Christian give?

“3P” Giving:

• Proportionate (Deuteronomy 16:17; 2 Corinthians 8:11-12)

• Planned (2 Corinthians 9:7; 1 Corinthians 16:1-2; Proverbs 3:9-10)

• Progressive (2 Corinthians 8:7; 2 Corinthians 9:6)



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