Welcome to my new Bible study, “Let’s Talk about the Elephant in the Room – Gluttony.” Each Saturday, I will post three questions that correspond with three chapters from my Christian fiction novel, “Elephant in the Room.” Grab your Bible and a notebook and let’s get started. Throughout the study, click on a Bible verse reference to read it on BibleGateway.com.
Chapter 1, Bible Study Question 1
In Chapter 1 of “Elephant in the Room,” the family celebrates Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is one day that we set aside to give thanks to God for our blessings, but we should give thanks to God every day! Be inspired by these Bible verses about giving thanks. When you look up these verses, take notes about who is giving thanks to God and for what they are giving thanks.
- Isaiah 25:1 –
- Daniel 2:23 –
- John 6:11 –
- 1 Corinthians 15:57 –
- Colossians 1:3-12 –
- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 –
- Revelation 4:8-11 –
In 1 Chronicles 16:1-36, when David brought the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, he assigned men to give thanks to God, then wrote a psalm of thanks for everyone to sing. I invite you to be purposeful about your praise! Keep lists of your blessings, take time at special events to thank God, teach your children to say thank you, or write your own psalm of thanksgiving right now.
Book Recommendation: “Choosing Gratitude” by Nancy Leigh DeMoss
Other Helpful Posts about Gratitude:
- 5 Daily Rituals for Eating Less
- How To Eat A Cookie to the Glory of God
- Give Thanks!
- Count Your Blessings with Your Kids
- After-Christmas Thank You Note
Chapter 2, Bible Study Question 2
In Chapter 2 of “Elephant in the Room,” an embarrassing situation was a catalyst for change. It got the process started, but people need deeper motivation and power from God to effectively make significant, permanent changes. Scripture tells us that our motivation and power comes with salvation. Write out and take notes from these verses about how believers change.
As believers, we are in the process of change throughout our lives until we are glorified in heaven some day. While considering the truths from these Bible verses, what changes in your life should you be making in order to become conformed to the image of Jesus? In other words, what sin do you need to mortify or put off? And what righteous deeds do you need put on because you are already saved? Make a list like this of a few changes you want to make in the next few weeks or months.
Areas of Change Put Off Sin Put On Righteousness
If you have not yet repented and believed in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then change your mind by accepting God’s gift of salvation He offers. God says in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” And God promises in Romans 10:8-10, “But what does it say? ‘The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” Dear friend, I invite you today to repent and believe! You will be changed! Read more about the Gospel here.
Chapter 3, Bible Study Question 3
In Chapter 3 of “Elephant in the Room,” we read that Leonard’s medical condition was exacerbated by his size and weight. Think about your own situation. Are your size and weight a problem for you? Do you suffer consequences as a result of your sinful eating habits? Do you recognize that your physical symptoms might indicate a spiritual issue? Let’s take a few minutes to consider what the Bible says about our earthly bodies.
- Psalm 32:3-4 –
- Ecclesiastes 2:1-3 –
- Matthew 6:25-33 –
- 1 Corinthians 6:12-13, 19-20 –
- 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 –
After studying these Bible verses, do you need to confess and repent from your sinful eating habits? Write out a prayer to God confessing your sins and asking for power and wisdom to put on righteousness.
Helpful Resource: My Mortifying Sin Worksheet
Chapter 3 Bonus: In the aftermath of the accident, Eric invited Wayne to church. If you attend a sound, Bible-teaching church, who should you invite to join you on Sunday? And look around for any unique opportunities God gives you to tell others about salvation through Jesus Christ!