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Take Home Study Guide April 28, 2013

Ready Read: 1 Corinthians 10:23-33 Read: Proverbs 23:20-21 Meditate & Memorize: Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for Gods glory. (1 Corinthians 10:31) Receive What is Gluttony? o Gluttony is seeking to find in food what can only be found in God. It is idolatry. o Essentially gluttony making food a drug. When we engage in gluttony, we expect food to provide pleasure or comfort beyond its design. We expect it to help us avoid the problems of life and cure our anxiety. Is the problem really food? o The short answer is no. The problem is of course the heart that has an inordinate love for food and its comforts/blessings. o Food is good. Its supposed to be. God designed it that way. At different points in the biblical narrative, you can see food playing important roles in the turning points of peoples lives and in Gods demonstration of His faithfulness. Garden of Eden, Levitical feasts, manna in the wilderness, Water to wine, feeding of the 5,000, Last Supper, Marriage Supper of the Lamb, etc. o But, as with all things God gives us to enjoy, when we fixate on the gift to the neglect of the giver, our joy is fleeting and thin. o We engage in gluttony because we have a desire, deep down, to find delight and satisfaction. Theres joy to be found in food, but its hollow; it does not last. In other words, food is made for man, not man for food. Reflect I doubt we need to be convinced that we have a problem with gluttony. We live in one of the Souths best-known food hot spots; its all around us. However we may need some help gauging how big of a problem we have, and what actions may be gluttonous behavior, which we do not even realize. Gluttony diagnostic: o Do you regularly eat until you are uncomfortable? o When you eat out with others, do you find yourself worrying about whether someone elses meal is bigger or better than yours? o If you use social networking sites, what percentage of your daily updates is related to food? o Do you hide food at home or at the office? If so, is it because you dont want others to know what youre eating? Is it because you dont want to share? o Do you obsessively count food nutritional information to the point where you cannot enjoy eating at all? Do you feel anxiety or guilt when you are over or under cetin food goals? o Do you find yourself judging others for not sharing your personal dietary restrictions? Be honest in your self-reflection. Is gluttony a problem? Remember that gluttony is not just how much you eat (through that is an aspect) it is also the how and the why.
*Adapted from Seven Deadly Sins: How the Gospel Redeems Our Deepest Desires by Jared C. Wilson

Respond How does the Gospel fight Gluttony? o Know the function of food. Gluttons (you & me) expect more form food than its designed to give. Reread 1 Corinthians 6:12-14 Paul said food is for the stomach and the stomach for food, and both will be destroyed, meaning, both are temporal. We miss the function of food when we see it as an end rather than a means. We dont have to stop enjoying food to stop enjoying it too much. In fact, self-control and eating to Gods glory allows us to enjoy food more. o Know the foreshadowing of food. In the Bible, food is often used by God to point the way from temporary pleasure to real treasure. Read Nehemiah 8:9-12 The re-gathered people of Israel are commanded to celebrate with food and drink because His Word consecrates them. However, this temporary celebration provided a foretaste of the marriage supper of the lamb, the ultimate provision of God. God provides: Exodus 16, 1 Kings 17, John 2:1-12, Revelation 19:6-9. When we give into gluttony, we worship our satisfaction. Our mind isnt set on the heavenly realuty but on earthly shadows. We can regain a proper orientation by partaking in the Lords Supper with our local church community. We arent just confessing that He died for our sins; were confessing we need him within us to live, just like we need food and drink to live. When we take the Lords Supper, were admitting that without Jesus, we spiritually starve to death. o Know the Father of food. Real satisfaction and delight (what gluttons are ultimately looking for in food) can be found, but only in the creator of food. He gives us His good gifts to be received with thankfulness and to be enjoyed, His glory, not ours. Read 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 When we are being gluttons, we are compelled by love for ourselves and the empty joy of food. But when the love of Christ compels us, we no longer live for ourselves but for Gods glory. Gluttony is not just a consumption problem; its a belief problem. Pray this week that God would o Reveal to us places in our lives where we consistently go to food for things in which we should seek the comfort of God. o Call us to repentance for our gluttony and lack of God-centeredness and other-centeredness. o Provide the awareness and the spiritual strength to keep food in its place. o Provide opportunities for you to show the love of the Gospel through food & table hospitality. o Grow us to be able to enjoy food for the blessing that it is, to neither hate it nor love it beyond its design.

*Adapted from Seven Deadly Sins: How the Gospel Redeems Our Deepest Desires by Jared C. Wilson