Seven Deadly Sins Homework

Seven Deadly Sins Homework

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This homework page is dedicated to helping all of us learn how to practically apply what we’ve been hearing during this series. Here we’ll list things we can do individually and as a church in response to what we’ve heard. We hope you’ll find this useful in growing in your relationship with God and with others.

About The Series: Wanted - The Hunt For The Seven Deadly Sins

What’s the big deal with sin? Isn’t the whole idea just an antiquated idea to steer us away from enjoying our freedom to be and do anything we want? Can a list of sins created 1500 years ago hold key to the best life possible? Join us as we take a look into the seven deadly sins!

The earliest mention of the Seven Deadly Sins in History come from a monk named Evagrius of Pontus who in 553 A.D. It was in the desert that Evagrius identified and listed eight demons (nagging sins) that couldn’t be avoided but had to be dealt with.

Evagrius’s list of 8 demons, over time and thought, became known as the Seven Deadly Sins: pride, gluttony, envy, greed, anger, sloth and lust. Join us as we dive in to understanding how to identify what’s really going on with these famous sins and learn how to combat them in our lives.

Do The Homework

Click on the titles below to view the homework for each message. If you’ve not listened to the messages yet, we encourage to listen to them first to better understand the purpose of this homework.

Introduction
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Monday

Memorize the 7 Deadly Sins:

  1. Pride
  2. Gluttony
  3. Envy
  4. Greed
  5. Anger
  6. Sloth
  7. Lust

Tuesday

Ask people you know if they can name the 7 Deadly Sins

Wednesday

Pay attention to which of the 7 Deadly Sins you see most in the world around you… write it down on a piece of paper and keep until tomorrow.

Thursday

Post on the MPC Facebook site the Deadly Sin you wrote down yesterday.

Friday

Read John 10:10

Pray specifically that God works during our series on the 7 Deadly Sins, not just to point them out, but to help us find ways to be free from them and find how God wants to give us life to the full.

Pride
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Monday

Memorize Psalm 139:13-14 

“For you formed my inward parts;

you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works;

my soul knows it very well.”

Tuesday

READ the myth of Narcissus.

Wednesday

Make A Plan and serve 3 people today. 

Ideas: Get coffee for a co-worker, treat someone to lunch, mow the neighbor’s lawn, was a family member’s car, etc.

Thursday

Contact Dave Laubscher and ask to take the MPC Spiritual Gift Test. If you’ve already taken it, review your results.

Friday

Get Information about serving in an area at MPC that fits your God given gifts and passion. Explore the opportunities.

Envy
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Monday

Memorize Ecclesiastes 4:4

Then I observed that most people are motivated to success because they envy their neighbors. But this, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind.”

Tuesday

Look for ways God has blessed others and thank Him for doing so.

Wednesday

Thank the people you come into contact with everyday who make your life better by serving you.

Thursday

INVITE someone outside your usual circle of friends over for dinner or a game or a movie. (It doesn’t have to be tonight, but make the appointment.)

Friday

Make a List of how God has uniquely made and blessed you.

Make another list of how God has uniquely made and blessed someone who has more than you. Thank God for what He does in both your lives.

Gluttony
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Monday

Memorize Isaiah 55:1

“Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength?
Why pay for food that does you no good?
Listen to me, and you will eat what is good.
You will enjoy the finest food.”

Tuesday

Make a note of every single thing you eat today. Share it with your family this evening. Take time to thank God for the food He provides us.

Wednesday

Before every meal today make sure to take time to thank God for the food He provides and for those that prepare it.

Thursday

If you are not a part of a LifeGroup that is fasting today… eat only very basic foods (rice, bread, water… don’t use extra flavorings, spreads, or sauces.) Thank God for your “daily bread.”

Friday

Try different foods today, things you don’t usually eat or something you’ve never had. Thank God for the blessing of the variety of foods He provides.

Greed
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Monday

Memorize Matthew 6:21

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”

Tuesday

Principle #1: Give it away before you are “rich” or “secure.”

Principle #2: Give what you think God is calling you to give. 

Write down a percentage that you think would define generous in your life.

Wednesday

Principle #3: Don’t ask “But, what if…”

Share with someone else (family member, friend from MPC who’s also doing homework, on the MPC Facebook page, etc.) what things prevent you from being as generous as you believe God is calling you to be.

Thursday

Principle #4: Give First

Commit to give away the percentage you came up with on Tuesday out of your next paycheck. IF you decide to give it to MPC, remember, if you find you can’t pay your bills or your needs aren’t met, we will return it. This means there is no reason to not give it a try.

Friday

Enjoy what God has given you. If you have committed to becoming as generous as God is calling you to be… treat yourself and/or some family and friends to a nice dinner out, a movie for the family, something for the home, etc.

Anger
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Monday

Memorize Ephesians 4:26

“Don’t sin by letting anger control you. Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry…”

Tuesday

Take notice of expressions of anger today and identify if it is explosive, personal, stubborn, or righteous.

Wednesday

Write down things that make you angry.

Thursday

From your list yesterday, circle the ones which are worthy of righteous anger. Underline the ones that are the result of explosive, personal or stubborn anger.

Friday

Of the things you circled yesterday, ask of each, “Is there something I can do to restore the situation?” If you answer “yes,” make plans to do something to set the situation right. If you answer “no,” give it over to God in prayer.

Sloth
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Monday

Memorize Exodus 20:9-10

“You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you.”

Tuesday

Work as hard as you can. Don’t let up. Skip a break. Find something extra to do. See how much you can get done in an “average” day of work.

Wednesday

Rest after work/school today. Plan out at least an hour sometime in your evening to sit and do… nothing. Turn off all phones, TV, music, etc. Use the time to pray, read your Bible, talk with family, or just nothing.

Thursday

Plan out a spiritual workout for tomorrow. Schedule more Bible reading or prayer than you usually do, determine to ask a friend to church, do something kind for a neighbor, find a place to serve where you usually don’t serve.

Friday

Get ready for Sunday. Work things out so that, come Saturday evening, you can rest and relax. Finish all the lawn and housework, prepare the kids for getting ready on Sunday morning, plan to get up a little early and have breakfast together, etc. Take care of anything that might get in the way of a Sabbath rest on Sunday.

Lust
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Monday

Memorize Ephesians 5:31-32

As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.”  This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one.

Tuesday

Pay Attention to sources of lust around you today in media, music, conversations, etc.

Wednesday

Check out xxxchurch.com and get to know this resource for those who struggle with lust as it relates to pornography, sexual betrayal and struggling marriages.

Thursday

Decide on some ways to limit your exposure to sources of temptation that lead to lust.

Friday

See if you can now name the 7 Deadly Sins and remember a few lessons about each.


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