Honor | Part 6 | #4: Health 11 Feb

As we continue to study the Ten Commandments, we’re looking into the Sabbath and how we can apply the principle of resting. God has created us to rest, He has also created us in His image for His glory, and caring for the bodies is part of honoring how He has created us. #GCHonor

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Why should we care about a healthy body?

  1. Our bodies are a gift from God.
    – Formed – “Yatsar”
    – Very good
  2. Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit.
    – Since our body is a temple of the Spirit, our body is the means by which we serve God.

 

How do we honor God with our bodies?

  • Eat right and exercise.
  • Practice self-control.
  • Hang around healthy people.
  • Go to sleep.
  • Laugh hard, loud, and often.

 

What about cremation?
*There is no scripture that commends or condemns cremation. The Bible doesn’t address it at all.

 

What about tattoos?
The only scripture in the Bible that condemns tattoos no longer pertains to us. (Leviticus 19:28)

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Key Scripture:

Genesis 1:26–31 (NLT)

26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”

      27 So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

  28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

  29 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. 30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.

  31 Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!

  And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day.

1 Corinthians 6:19–20 (NLT)

19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

Galatians 5:22–23 (NLT)

22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!

Ecclesiastes 5:12 (NLT)

Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.

  • On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being Mr. Universe and 1 being you’re on life support, how healthy is your body right now?  What one change could you make this year to move your number up a point?

Start sharing. These questions are to help get your group thinking and to create openness.

  • You’re going to get a new resurrection body, why should you care for this one?
  • Read Genesis 1:26-31.  After God made our bodies and the rest of creation, he declared that it was “very good.”  How does God’s opinion of your body change the way you think about it?
  • Read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. Discuss the context of this verse. What were the Corinthians doing to God’s temple?  How do we neglect God’s temple today?
  • Read Galatians 5:22-23.  Which fruit of the Holy Spirit will help us in our quest to be physically healthy?  Can you think of a time recently when the power of the Spirit helped you to have self control?
  • We are the average of our 5 best friends. Are your friends in this small group helping you or hurting you to be physically healthy?  How can we make each other better?
  • Read Ecclesiastes 5:12.  Why does the laborer usually sleep better than the rich man with a full stomach?  What can you do to improve your sleep?
  • When’s the last time you had a belly laugh?  According to Proverbs 17:22, what happens when we laugh?
  • According to Psalm 32:3-5, what happens to us physically when we harbor sin in our hearts? Is there anything you need to confess to find freedom and spiritual and physical health?

Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.

  • Identify and implement one activity to improve your healh this week.

Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.

  • Praise and thank God for His presence in your life. Ask for help in honoring Him with your body, which is a dwelling place for the Holy Spirit. Confess where you fall short and ask for His help to repent, stepping more fully into obedience with how you care for your body.

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Speaker

Troy Knight

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