16 May 1993

Basics study: Week 6

Week 6: Overcoming Temptation

This lesson is part of an 8-week study series on the basics of Christian life.

6:30 - 6:45 Gather, socialize.
6:45 - 7:20 Eat.
7:20 - 7:25 Sing.
7:25 - 7:30 Discuss pledges. Are they helping?
7:30 - 9:10 Study/discussion.
9:10 - 9:20 Take prayer requests.
9:20 - 9:30 Pray.

Open in prayer.

Intro: Our victorious life in Jesus.

7:30 Refresher:

  1. What is our source of peace? relationship with God - Philippians 4:6-7
  2. Does this verse apply also to our struggle with sin? How so?

The Nature of Temptation

The Flesh

7:35 Turn to James 4; read v. 1-3.

  1. What causes fights and quarrels, and what keeps God from answering our prayers?

7:40 Mark your place, and turn to Romans 7:18-20.

  1. What can we call this thing in us that makes us do what is wrong?
  2. How powerful is the sinful nature?

(optional) Turn to Romans 5:12-13.

  1. Where did the sinful nature come from?

(optional) Turn to Matthew 15:16-20.

  1. What is the effect of the sinful nature?

The World

7:45 Read James 4:4-6.

  1. What enemy of God is continually seeking to draw us away from Him?

(optional) Keep your place marked, and turn to 1 John 2:15-17.

  1. What is the relation between the world and the sinful nature?

The Devil

7:50 Read James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8-9.

  1. Who is the mind behind the temptations of the world?
  2. What is the Devil attempting to do to the believer?
  3. What does it mean to "devour" in this case?
    • render ineffective

Recap: What are the sources of our temptation?

Our Basis for Victory

7:55 Keep your place marked, and turn to Hebrews 4:14-16.

  1. Can God relate to our temptation?
  2. How does this knowledge help us to "approach the throne of grace with confidence"?

8:00 Turn to Hebrews 2:14-15.

  1. What is the relation between the Devil and the sinful nature?
  2. What is our basis to claim victory over the sinful nature?

8:05 Turn to John 16:33.

  1. What is our basis to claim victory over the world?

8:10 Turn to 1 John 4:2-5.

  1. Who is "the one who is in the world"?
  2. What is our basis to claim victory over the Devil?

8:15 Recite 1 Corinthians 10:13.

  1. Does God keep us from being tempted?
  2. What assurance do we have when we are faced with temptation?
  3. Is it ever possible that we would be faced with a temptation we simply cannot resist?

Finding Victory

8:20 Turn to Galatians 5; read v. 16-18.

  1. What is the solution for overcoming the sinful nature?
  2. What does it mean to live by the Spirit?
  3. Why is it relevant here that we are not under law?
    • we can please the Spirit

8:25 Read v. 19-21.

  1. Do we know when we are following the sinful nature?
  2. (optional) What are four categories of sin mentioned here?
    • sensual indulgence
    • idolatry
    • pride
    • lack of self-control
  3. (optional) What warning is given here?
  4. How should believers respond to this?

8:30 Read v. 22-26.

  1. How does the fruit of the Spirit help us overcome the sinful nature?
  2. What does it mean that we have "crucified the sinful nature"?
  3. Are we without sin?

8:35 Turn to 1 John 3:13-14.

  1. How are we to overcome the world?

8:40 Turn to James 4:7-10.

  1. How are we to overcome the Devil?
  2. What does it mean to "come near to God"?
  3. What does it mean to "wash our hands" and "purify our hearts"?
  4. What is the significance of changing our laughter to mourning and joy to gloom?
    • v. 10

Specifics

8:45 Read Hebrews 4:16.

  1. What does it mean to "approach the throne of grace with confidence"?
  2. How do we want to do this from day to day?

8:50 Turn to Psalm 119:9-11.

  1. What does it mean to hide His word in our hearts?
  2. How do we want to respond to this need in our lives?
  3. 8:55 How can we respond when confronted by specific temptations?
    • James 4:7
  4. 9:00 How can we respond when we succumb to temptation?
    • Hebrews 10:22
  5. 9:05 How can we respond when we are in the grips of habitual sin?
    • 1 John 1:9; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Galatians 5:22

9:10 Turn to Ephesians 6; read 10-13.

  1. How should we prepare ourselves for temptation
  2. What is the image of armor?

(optional) Read Ephesians 6:14-18.

  1. ???

Topic for next week: Love: the Body of Christ

Memory verse for next week: Hebrews 10:24-25 or James 5:13-20.

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