“Sobermindedness” is to be characterized by reason or self-control; showing mental and emotional balance.

(The Greek word “nephalios” – means “sober, vigilant, watchful, well-balanced, temperate, abstaining from wine.”)

 

1 Tim. 3:11          Who should be temperate/sober/self-controlled?

 

If you are a woman, would you qualify as a deacon’s wife or a deaconess by having this trait?

Why do you think so?

 

If you are a man, are you encouraging the Christian women you know to strive to acquire, develop, or utilize this trait, and why?

 

Titus 2:2         Who else should be temperate/sober/self-controlled/abstaining from immoderate use of wine; dignified (Gk. “semnous” – means “serious-minded, not clowns”)?

 

Though you may not be an older man yet, do people view you as serious-minded rather than as a clown?

If they view you as a clown, what can you begin doing now so that you’ll be a serious-minded man worthy of respect as you grow older?

 

Titus 2:7        What is Titus, a spiritual leader, told to be besides an example of good deeds, with purity of doctrine?

 

If you’re a spiritual leader, are you dignified (serious-minded, not a clown)?

If not, what can/will you specifically do to change, and when?

 

“Nepho” – to be free from the influence of intoxicants or free from mental/spiritual drunkenness/pollution (not goofy, unthinking, extravagantly emotional, or religiously gullible); not distorted in thinking; sober; not controlled by bad or wrong influences.

 

1 Pet. 1:13            In what are we to keep sober?

 

Are you sober (not poisoned or stupefied/fogged/groggy/dull/mesmerized) in your spirit/thinking, not allowing the influence of worldly/pagan: TV programs, music, literature, movies, websites, social media, philosophies, and education, or not allowing liquor or the wrongful use of drugs to poison you?

If you are not able to think correctly because of any of the above poisons/intoxicants/pollutants, what do you plan to do about it, and how soon?

 

1 Thes. 5:4-8        Instead of sleeping (being indifferent/apathetic to spiritual realities) as others (non­-Christians), these Christians are told to be alert (spiritually awake for the assaults of sin and unrighteousness), and what else – 1 Thes. 5:6?

 

Why else are we to be sober – 1 Thes. 5:8?

 

[“of the day” – children of God].

Would you say that you are a sober person (rational, self-possessed, in control of all your senses; free from the stupefying effects of sin and self-indulgence), and why?

 

2 Tim. 4:5             In what does Paul tell Timothy to be sober (calm, steady, and sane; not intoxicated by sensationalism or sentimentality or fogged in thinking)?

 

Why does Paul tell Timothy to be sober in all matters/things (all kinds of things: correcting, exhorting, instructing, preaching; or all things spiritual -2 Tim. 4:2), 2 Tim. 4:3-4?

 

Do you think that God wants you to be sober/free from anything that would dull, distort, or wrongly control or impair your thinking?

Besides illicit drugs, alcohol, and hypnosis, what else could dull or wrongly control or influence your mind – Heb. 3:13; Jer. 17:9?

 

How would sin do this?

 

How could demons or Satan control or influence your mind (2 Cor. 11:4, 13-15; 1 Ki. 22:18-23)?

 

How would false teaching and/or worldly philosophy do this (2 Tim. 3:13; Col. 2:8)?

 

How can we prevent this (2 Tim. 3:14-16)?

 

How could false prophets and christs influence people’s minds (Matt. 24:24, 10-11)?

 

How could riches do this (Mk. 4:19)?

 

1 Pet. 5:8           What are we told to do, and why?

 

Are you of sober spirit (mentally self-controlled) and on the alert?

If so, how did you gain this state of being?

 

“Sophroneo” – to think soberly; with a view to be sound minded.

 

Rom. 12:3             How are we to think?

 

Why is it important to think with correct/sober/sound judgment (thinking)?

 

And why is that important (Prov. 16:18)?

 

How do you view yourself, and why?

 

Titus 2:6         What was Titus to urge the young Christian men to do?

 

Would others view you as being sensible (exercising self-control or discipline in every respect, so that you are not placing your own feelings, ambitions, passions, or conclusions above the will of God)?

How do you know?

 

When your emotions/feelings want to do one thing and the Bible tells you to do the opposite, what do you do, and why?

 

Give an example of your answer.

 

1 Pet. 4:7        Why should we be of sound judgment (clear-minded; right thinking) and sober spirit (mentally self-controlled)?

 

Does your death, the destruction of this world, and judgment day sober you?

And for what purpose should we be of sober spirit?

 

Are you and have you been of sober spirit for the purpose of praying?

If so, why would this be important?

 

“Sophronos” – it suggests the exercise of that self-restraint that governs all passions and de­sires, enabling the believer to be conformed to the mind of Christ; prudently.

 

Titus 2:11-12      How are we to live?

 

How does a person live sensibly (with self-mastery over one’s desires and bodily drives)?

 

Is your mind and/or will the master over your desires and drives?

If not, what should you do so that it is (Eph. 5:18; 1 Jn. 5:14-15; Phil. 2:12; Col. 3:12-14)?

 

“Sophrosune” – soundness of mind; prudence; moderation; inner self-government, with its constant rein on all passions and desires; sound judgment.

 

Acts 26:22-25      What kind of words did Paul utter as he spoke the gospel?

 

Do people view your words as correct/right thinking or sober truth when you share the gospel with them?

If not, why (see 1 Cor. 1:18-25)?

 

“Sophron” – sound minded; moderate; self-controlled.

 

1 Tim. 3:2; Titus 1:7-8            Who should be temperate/sensible/self-controlled?

 

Is this true of the elders/overseers in your church or Bible study group?

And is this true of you?

If so, how does it show itself in the way you act?

 

“Sophronizo” – make prudent; to cause to be of sound mind; to recall to one’s senses.

 

Titus 2:3-5        Who is to teach whom to be sensible?

 

Do you observe this going on in your church?

If not, why do you think that is so?

 

What do you think it would take for this to start happening, and why that?

 

Let us know what you think.