To Be Healthy - Outline
My Greatest Hopes Series
October 13, 2019
What does it mean to be healthy?
One of the teachers of religious law was standing there listening to the debate. He realized that Jesus had answered well, so he asked, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” (Mark 12:28, NLT)
Jesus replied, “The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The LORD our God is the one and only LORD. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ (Mark 12:29–30, NLT)
To be healthy involves paying attention to four areas of your life:
These areas are all part of your _______________________________.
I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the LORD. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God. (Psalm 84:2, NLT)
The great challenge of being healthy is that __________is going to be a part of your ___________________________________.
When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned. (Romans 5:12, NLT)
Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. (1 Peter 2:11, NLT)
Practical ways to live a healthy life.
1. Fix your ____________________on what is__________________.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8, NLT)
Our brains are wired to filter out _____________________for us.
Your mind is looking for the _______________________that you have ____________________________to look for.
It is possible to cooperate with God _______________________the way you think.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2, NLT)
2. ____________________________ with your body.
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. (Romans 12:1, NLT)
You say, “Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.” (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies. (1 Corinthians 6:13, NLT)
3. Spend time _______________________________ in your soul.
Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it.
But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? (Mark 8:34–37, NLT)
This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary. (Hebrews 6:19, NLT)
4. ___________________________is the key to your _____________.
With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God. I will give glory to your name forever, for your love for me is very great. You have rescued me from the depths of death. (Psalm 86:12–13, NLT)
Deeper study for individuals and small groups
Why is it important for us to offer thanks and express gratitude to God?
[read Psalm 50:23 after your discussion]
Read the following passages on thankfulness and discuss these questions:
What situation was this person in?
Why did this person choose to thank God?
What was the result of being thankful? (if a result is given)
2 Samuel 22:49-51
1 Chronicles 16:34-36
Isaiah 21:1 (for the context) and Isaiah 25:1
1 Corinthians 15:56-58
What is one thing God spoke to you about as you read these passages?
At this point in your life, how easy do you find it to be thankful?
What could you do to express your gratitude to God regularly?
Here are some ideas:
Create a Gratitude List of things you are thankful for.
Write a Thank You letter to God, concentrating on simply thanking Him rather than making requests.
What are you thankful for?
Take some time as a group to praise God and practice thankfulness