Where do you see healthy self-control exhibited around you? What effect does that have on you, others? What effect does lack of self-control have?
READ Ecclesiastes 3.1-14
How does this passage support a picture where self-control has an important role to play?
How does this passage paint a picture that contrasts ways of life like asceticism (severe self-discipline and avoidance of all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons)?
How does this passage support living in a rhythm of sabbaths and sabbaticals?
READ John 5.16-24
If anyone should be free to be self-directed, shouldn't it have been Jesus? How does this passage illustrate something different?
What rubric or authority should determine how we behave?
How do we lean into a life that exudes self-control?