Scottsbluff Church of Christ
Scottsbluff Church of Christ
July 26, 2020
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  • 1919 Ave N Scottsbluff, NE 69361
    1919 Avenue N, Scottsbluff, NE 69361, USA
    Sunday 10:00 AM
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    Sunday 4:45 AM
Fasting as a Spiritual Discipline
Fasting Defined

Abstaining from food and/or anything good or right in an effort to achieve something better.
Fasting Defined

We only commanded one day a year in the Old Testament
Fasting Defined

Israel began observing other times for fasting. Often in response to God's judgement. (Zechariah 7:3)
Fasting Defined

Not commanded in the New Testament but was practice often by the church. ( Matthew 9:15, Acts 9:9; 13:3; 14:23)





Fasting Situations in OT

When seeking God's pardon thorough repentance
And (the king) issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, "By the decree of the king and his nobles; Let neither man or beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not fee or drink water, but let man and beast be covered in sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God.:"
When seeking God's Providence
When seeking God's mercy through Spiritual mourning.


When seeking God's favor in national calamity.






When seeking concern of others.
When seeking God's vindication
When seeking God's faithfulness
Fasting Situations in the NT

Times of mission preparation
Times of spiritual and physical needs

Times of evangelistic endeavor

Fasting Results

Centers our minds on God
Places the spiritual above the physical
promotes dependence on God
Promoted self-denial
Not for the praise of men (Matthew 6:16-18)
It is an act of righteousness
For guidelines on fasting see the back of the sermon notes or David's blog on our website.

How can we help you today?

If there is anything we can do to help you or if you simply need the prayers of this congregation please reach out to us at the address below. God bless you and have a great week.

https://www.scottsbluffchurchofchrist.org/contact-us/