July 2: Deadly Sin #6- Gluttony (Proverbs 23:1-2, 20-21)
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
Scott Forney will continue a series going through Tim Keller's "Meaning of Marriage" at 10 am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the New Testament).
Proverbs 23:1-2, 20-21
1 When you sit down to eat with a ruler,
observe carefully what is before you,
2 and put a knife to your throat
if you are given to appetite.
20 Be not among drunkards
or among gluttonous eaters of meat,
21 for the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty,
and slumber will clothe them with rags.
Have you ever hear a sermon on gluttony? Most of us have not. Of the seven deadly sins, gluttony is misunderstood in several ways. First, of all of the seven sins, it is usually considered the least serious and we normally confine it to a holiday meal or a super bowl bash. Second, we often think that it is easy to identify and recognize. But to think that gluttony applies only to those with expanded waste lines is mistaken because this sin is a matter of the heart. Gluttony is a form of worship that causes our desires to be disordered, and we place a higher value on pursuing satisfaction in food rather than the on the very promises of God to satisfy us in Jesus Christ. Prayerfully consider your views on food, your eating habits and the level of your spiritual appetite as you prepare for worship this Sunday.
Review and Apply
How do you practically view food as is pertains to life?
Why is gluttony considered a deadly sin?
How pre-occupied are you with food (either loving it or hating it)? Why?
How may gluttony be present in your life? Do you eat to hastily (quickly), too greedily (selfishly), too sumptuously (expensive), or too daintily (controlling)? What do you hope to gain from this?
What changes do you need to make to enjoy food as God intends?
How can fasting help you fight for joy?
How does the gospel lead us to contentment in fasting or feasting?
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