These studies do not tell you what the Bible says. The scriptures given direct you to specific topics. The questions are intended to help you focus on the study. No answers are given. You have to read and search the scriptures for the answers. We encourage you to use Bible helps such as concordances and commentaries. However, scholars and theologians often disagree on interpretation and application. The best study help comes from God. Pray. Allow yourself to be honest with your reactions, but don't jump to conclusions. It takes time to read and meditate on all the Bible says on various topics. Feel free to ask questions in your prayers. You will be amazed to discover that God does answer the sincere seeker. You will also be surprised that the Bible may not say what you might think it does on many subjects. Keep a notebook. A loose leaf one would make it possible to add thoughts and additional information as you learn more about different subjects. Welcome to an exciting search.  

Bible Study Guide:

And to Knowledge Temperance

By Scarlett Stough

To prepare for this Bible study, please read the women in Christ commentary, Temperate in All Things.

The Example of Temperance in All Things.

1. II Peter 1:5-7 KJV Although "self-control" is the word chosen by the NIV translators, this Bible study guide will be focused on the word "temperance" used in the King James Version of the Bible. What comes to your mind when you see the word "self-control? (NIV)" What does "temperance" (KJV) mean to you?

2. Galatians 5:22-24 What is the source of the ability to be temperate (to master desires, passions, and the sensual appetites?)

3. Galatians 6:7-9 Do you think "temperance" has anything to do with "sowing to the Spirit?" Explain.

4. I Corinthians 9:25-27 Give some examples of how to be "temperate in all things." (KJV) The NIV uses the comparison to the "strict training" of an athlete. Compare "strict training" for a sport, or other activity, you are familiar with to living a Christian life.

5. Matthew 16:24-27; Galatians 5:24-25 How would the trait of temperance enable you to obey Jesus' command "to deny yourself?" What effect would this mind-set of temperance and self-denial have on your life?

6. Leviticus 23:27-32; Hebrews 9:11-15, 24-28 The Day of Atonement, one of the feasts of the Lord given to the people of God, foreshadowed the Atonement Jesus made to take away our sins. Why do you think "afflicting their souls" was required on that day? What meaning, if any, do you think this has for Christians today?

7. I Peter 4:12-16; Philippians 1:29-30 In what ways, will, or does, following Christ involve suffering? How would the unwillingness to suffer by being "temperate in all things" hinder your service to God?

8. Acts 24:24-25 (KJV) Why do you think Paul included an exhortation for temperance in his talk to Felix? What would make Felix so afraid he trembled? Why do you think temperance seems insignificant or irrelevant in our thinking today?

9. Luke 2:36-38 (NIV) How did Anna model temperance? What effect did her temperance have on her life? What application is there in her example for you?

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