StoneBridge Community Church
Self-Control: Finding Freedom From Self-Defeating Habits
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 12:00 PM

Today's Text in Context

Bob Utley, Titus 2

Self-Control: The Key to Success

Maia Szalavitz, The Key to Health, Wealth and Success: Self-Control, TIME, Jan. 24, 2011

Plato and Aristotle in one of Raphael's frescoes in the Vatican Museum.


In the New Testament, the most common Greek word for self-control (temperance, KJV) is enkrateia. Its root meaning is "power over oneself" or "self-mastery." Self-control, in its widest sense, is mastery over our passions. It is the virtue that holds our appetites in check, controlling our rational will or regulating our conduct without being duly swayed by sensuous desires. Moderation is a key element in self-control.
1. Admit…
1. Admit the problem.

Soft Addictions

Leah McLaughLin, "Soft Addictions: Are You Hooked?" Working Mother, March 7, 2010
There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” — Blaise Pascal (French Mathematician, Philosopher and Physicist, 1623-1662)
God's grace is the key to finding freedom from self-defeating habits.
2. Give…
2. Give God control.

Warren Interview

Mari Cartel, "Rick Warren’s Secret to Losing Weight on the Daniel Plan" Lifescript, April 20, 2014
Accept God's…
Accept God's Son as your savior;
Accept God's Word as your standard;
Accept God's will as your strategy; and
Accept God's power as your strength.
3. Refuse…
3. Refuse to give up!

Grace Bats Last

Anne Lamott, "Grace Bats Last" Marriages Restored, July 7, 2015.2015.07.07
Memory Verse: Titus 2.11-13
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,

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