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Summary: To show that we don't live our lives here on earth ascetically, but we live like CHRIST.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you ascetic?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that we don't live our lives here on earth ascetically, but we live like CHRIST.

IV. TEXT:

1 Timothy 4:3 (Amplified Bible)

Who forbid people to marry and [teach them] to abstain from [certain kinds of] foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and have [an increasingly clear] knowledge of the truth.

V. THESIS:

We don't live our lives here on earth ascetically, but we live like CHRIST.

VI. TITLE:

Ascetic living

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: Apostle Paul

B. Date written: About 64 A.D., but uncertain

C. To whom written: Timothy, Paul's true son in the faith

1 Timothy 1:2 (New International Version)

To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

D. Main themes: Advice and exhortation to a young pastor respecting his personal conduct and ministerial work

E. Keyword: conduct

F. Key verse:

1 Timothy 3:15 (New International Version)

if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.

VIII. MAIN BODY:

Ascetic living is found in Colossians 2:23:

Colossians 2:23 (Amplified Bible)

Such [practices] have indeed the outward appearance [that popularly passes] for wisdom, in promoting self-imposed rigor of devotion and delight in self-humiliation and severity of discipline of the body, but they are of no value in checking the indulgence of the flesh (the lower nature). [Instead, they do not honor God but serve only to indulge the flesh.]

Definition of Ascetic:

Retired from the world; rigid; severe; austere; employed in devotions and mortifications.

Example of people in the Bible living ascetically:

1. John, the Baptist and his disciples - depicted living ascetically, in his choices of food and his clothing.

Matthew 3:4 (Amplified Bible)

This same John’s garments were made of camel’s hair, and he wore a leather girdle about his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey.

Matthew 9:14 (Amplified Bible)

Then the disciples of John came to Jesus, inquiring, Why is it that we and the Pharisees fast often, [that is, abstain from food and drink as a religious exercise], but Your disciples do not fast?

2. Apostle Paul

1 Corinthians 7:8-9 (Amplified Bible)

But to the unmarried people and to the widows, I declare that it is well (good, advantageous, expedient, and wholesome) for them to remain [single] even as I do.

But if they have not self-control (restraint of their passions), they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame [with passion and tortured continually with ungratified desire].

Both of them are single, and eating ascetically, usually in fasting. Marriage and food are usually supressed by ascetic people.

A. They forbid marriage

"Who forbid people to marry"

1. Marriage in GOD's eyes

Matthew 19:4-12 (Amplified Bible)

He replied, Have you never read that He Who made them from the beginning made them male and female,


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