Sermon Quotes & Book Recommendations | "Self-Control: An Unappreciated Virtue"

Book Recommendations:

  • A Small Book About a Big Problem; 50 Days of Meditation on Anger, Patience and Peace by Ed Welch
  • Good and Angry; Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining and Bitterness by David Powlison
  • War of Words; Getting to the Heart of Your Communication Struggles by Paul Tripp
  • Proverbs by Derek Kidner
  • Making All Things New; Restoring Joy to the Sexually Broken by David Powlison


Sermon Quotes:

“Any doctrine which does not promote godliness is manifestly bogus.” John Stott

“It is impossible to be a follower of Jesus without giving diligent attention in our lives to the grace of self-control.” Jerry Bridges

“Solomon must have been an American: ‘I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure’ (Ecc. 2:10). He tried what many Americans would try if they had the means. If there is a continuum that goes from legalistic, restrained, and ascetic, to licentious, reckless and hedonistic, we live in a society that favors the self-indulgent end of the spectrum. When our desires speak, we listen. As such, we live in particular need of learning the skill of self-control.” Ed Welch

“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” Proverbs 25:28

“He that hath no rule over his own spirit is an easy prey to the invader. He yields himself to the first assault of his ungoverned passions, offering no resistance; ‘like a city broken down and without walls.’ Having no discipline over himself, temptation becomes the occasion of sin, and hurries him on to fearful lengths that he had not contemplated.” Charles Bridges

“Among evangelical Christians, self-control is suspect…Our sense is that if change feels like self-effort and hard work, then it is probably legalistic and not animated by the Holy Spirit. Self-control, of course can feel like hard work. But given the prevalence of drug and alcohol abuse, bulimia, and a host of other out-of-control experiences, we would be wise to revisit teaching on self-control.” Ed Welch

“Self-control is control of one’s self. It is probably best defined as the governing of one’s desires…Self-control is the believers wall of defense against sinful desires that wage war against his soul.” Jerry Bridges

“Man may talk of self-control, as if the reins were in his own hand. But he who has been ‘born of the Spirit,’ and taught ‘to know the plague of his own heart,’ is made to feel, that effective self-control is divine grace, not his own native power…Have not repeated defeats taught us the need of calling in better strength than our own?” Charles Bridges

“This passage changes everything. It takes the simple command-saying ‘No’-and surrounds it with Jesus Christ. Self-control is possible because of the grace of God given us in Christ Jesus. It is this ever-present grace that teaches us to say ‘No.’” Ed Welch