Sunday, November 1st

Sunday, November 1st

Deep Six Study and Daily Devotional

Every preacher's dream is to see the truth he preaches lived out in the lives of those he preaches to and certainly this is as it should be. This dream is rooted in our Heavenly Father's desire that there would never be unlived truth in the lives of His people. Our church is dedicated to the purpose of helping people Live Fully, and one way we do that is to encourage a deeper study of the truth they hear on Sundays throughout the other six days of the week.  Accordingly, each week we provide (1) the Deep Six Study and (2) the Daily Devotional.

(1) Deep Six Study - accessed via "Discussion Notes" button located under the video message on the "Watch" page of the website. Printed copies also available at the Connect Desk in the church lobby. Note: the Deep Six Study is being done by Tom Main and will be posted below.

(2) Daily Devotional - The Devotionals are done by Ken Hart and are available online Monday through Saturday on a daily basis at or the "Daily Devotional" button at the bottom of the "Home" page. The devotions build on and expand from the Sunday message. It is our desire, our hope, and our prayer for this devotional section to be a useful Spiritual Life tool that our church family can benefit from throughout the year. Each day's devotional will typically consist of Scripture connected with the message, a commentary, and a prayer response. We trust the Daily Devotional will assist you as you seek to live out the truth of God's word on a daily basis.



November 1st, 2015

Elements – “Gentleness and Self-Control”


Gentleness (Matthew 11:27-30)

1. Gentleness is Not Weakness (Matthew 11:27-28)
 We sometimes object to the notion of gentleness because we equate gentle with weak; our
culture tells us that the “strong” are aggressive and self-focused (un-gentle).
 Jesus clearly established that He is strong (“my Father has entrusted everything to me”) yet
gentle (“I am humble and gentle at heart”); He is our model for strong gentleness.

2. Gentleness is Strength Serving Others (Matthew 11:29-30)
 Jesus wants us to take up his “yoke” not to make us carry His burden, but rather so that He can
carry ours (while He teaches us). As He did, we are to use His strength to gently serve.
 Gentleness looks like: 1) humbly saying “thank you”; 2) asking others if they need help, then
listening to what they need; 3) apologizing when you wrong others; 4) sharing what you have
with those in need; 5) waiting – letting others go first.

Self-Control (1 Corinthians 9:24-27)

1. Self-Control is Letting Go of the Pleasant to Gain the Prize

 The last of the Galatians 5 “fruit,” self-control may be the hardest one for us to display.
 Self-control means we give up temporal pleasures of this world to gain the eternal prize of
hearing Jesus say “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21).

2. Self Control is Planned, Not Impulsive

 Self-control is a lifestyle, not a quick decision. We must have the faith to believe that our
delayed gratification in this world will be rewarded in eternity, and live accordingly.
Closing (Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 3:19)
 “The List” in Galatians 5 – the Elements of the Christian life – can appear challenging, even
impossible to achieve. We tend to think “I’ll do my best, but I can’t do them ALL well.”
 Jesus never meant for us to try harder; that’s why He wants us to take His “yoke,” so that we
can be “made complete with [His] fullness and power.” It’s His power, not yours…
 The more we let the power of Jesus (His Holy Spirit) grow in us, the more like Him we become.

Gentleness #1 – Isaiah 40:10-11; Matthew 23:1-4; Colossians 3:12
Gentleness #2 – John 13:3-5; Ephesians 4:1-4; James 3:17
Self-Control #1 – Matthew 25:14-21; Philippians 3:12-14; 2 Timothy 4:6-8
Self-Control #2 – Proverbs 5:23; 1 Peter 1:13-15; 2 Peter 1:5-8
Closing – Romans 8:5-11; Ephesians 1:19-20


1. When we think of those who have made their mark on history as leaders, pioneers, and
“successful” men and women, “gentle” and “humble” are rarely words associated with those
people. Why do you think that is? What does that say about what we value/appreciate?

2. What are some examples from the Gospels in which Jesus used His strength to gently/humbly serve
others? Was He always gentle in the application of His strength/power? Following His lead, who
are some people in your life who could use the help of your gentle strength right now?

3. Of the attributes of gentleness (“Gentleness looks like”) that Pastor Ben presented, which are the
ones you find most difficult to display to others? Why do you think that is?

4. Do you agree that self-control is the hardest of the Galatians 5 “fruit” to live out? Why or why not?
Does “self-control” have any negative connotations that, say, “patience” or “kindness” don’t have?

5. Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-25 and Philippians 3:14. Do you struggle at all with the notion of
running/working/fighting for an eternal “prize” from God? Why or why not?

6. The “Fruit of the Spirit” passage we’ve been studying this month (Galatians 5:22-23) starts off with
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives:”. What should that phrase tell us about
our efforts to “try harder” to produce that fruit ourselves? How will that understanding change
your approach to Living Fully as a follower of Jesus?

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