Session 14 - Toolkit for Lasting Change Master

Tools for Lasting Change Master List

Romans 6-7


Note 1: 

During class discussion of each tool the instructor should select a sample area/issue with which people typically struggle. He should then lead a discussion regarding how the  particular tool can be used to help resolve the issue. A few possible specific areas or issues might be:

  1. Pornography
  2. Kindness
  3. Disciplining children
  4. Anger
  5. Time use
  6.  Prayer
  7. Misusing media
  8. Weight
  9. Worry
  10. Laziness
  11. Stewardship of money
  12. Taking the Lord’s name in vain
  13. Coveting
  14. Slander/gossip
  15. Submission to authority
  16. Stubbornness
  17. Procrastination
  18. Fear 
  19. Promptness
  20. Being disorganized
  21. Cluttered possessions
  22. Keeping your word
  23. Lying
  24. Loving your spouse
  25. Membership in the local church
  26. Attending local church gatherings
  27. Ministry in the local church
  28. Defeatist attitude/giving up
  29. Diet and exercise
  30. Baptism
  31. Bible study
  32. Hoarding
  33. Making commitments
  34. Deceitfulness
  35. Talking too much
  36. Materialism
  37. Working too much


Note 2: 

First, here are some “First Steps for Change” to be applied to all situations: Questions to ask…

  1. What have I done or not done? (Be specific)
  2. What does God say? (Bible)
  3. Is this sin? (If so, seek forgiveness and make restitution when possible) 
  4. What must I do? (Be specific)

 

Then, we should list specific actions suggested by the tool(s) germane to the issue at hand. If we don’t do this we have missed the point. God demands that we become slaves to righteousness; that we don’t allow sin to reign.  Thus, this means that we must ask what we can do to make it less likely that we will repeat this conduct in the future. In other words we must be farsighted.


The tools with selected issues for in class discussion: 


Tool #1 - Know this: Christians are persons who have died to sin, 6:2-4. Do this: Publicly identify with Christ. 


Apply to Issue #30 Baptism


Tool #2 - Know this: Christians share in Christ’s victory over sin by means of their connection to his death and resurrection, 6:5-7. Do this: Embrace a positive outlook in light of your freedom decree


Apply to Issue #28 - Defeatist attitude/giving up


Tool #3 - Know this: Lasting change only happens when Christians carefully consider known facts regarding their spiritual situation, 6:11. Do this: Act on facts first, feelings last.


Apply to Issue #24 - Loving spouse


Tool #4 - Know this: Though change is ultimately a product of the sovereign operation of God in our lives, it is accomplished by old fashioned personal choices and hard labor, 6:12-14. Do this: Do the hard thing. 


Apply to Issue #1 - Pornography


Tool #5 - Know this: Change is impossible apart from an all out commitment to the authority of Scripture, 6:17. Do this: Seize every opportunity to expose yourself to the Bible. 


Apply to Issue #26 - Regular church attendance


Tool #6 - Know this: Obedience is a vibrant  soul affair, 6:17. Do this: Pray and then pray some more. 


Apply to Issue #9 - Worry


Tool #7 - Know this: God invariably holds Christians personally responsible to execute his directives, 6:11-19. Do this: Stop rationalizing or blame-shifting. 


Apply to Issue #4 - Anger


Tool #8 - Know this: What you once were you are now not, 6:20-22. Do this: Stop living in the past.


Apply to Issue #11 - Mishandling money


Tool # 9 -  Know this: Tomorrow is not guaranteed, 6:23. Do this: Live with an eye on today and the last day.


Apply to Issue #17 - Procrastination


Tool #10 - Know this: Genuine faith has tangible evidences, 7:4 Do this: If evidences are hard to spot, get worried and get going. 


Apply to Issue #6 - Lack of Prayer


Tool #11 -  Know this: A principled (rules based) approach to godliness results in ungodliness, 7:7-12.  Do this: Focus on internals rather externals. 


Apply to Issue #13 - Coveting 


Tool # 12 - Know this: Frustrating daily struggle with sin, to one degree or another, is a normal experience of the Christian life, 7:14-23. Do this: Expect to fail but plan what to do when you do. 


Apply to Issue #29 Diet and exercise


Tool #13 - Know this: Believers ultimately recognize who they are and who God is, 7:24-25. Do this: Spend your life getting to know God.


Apply to Issue #31 - Bible Study


Note 3: 

An assignment repeated each week is that the student should select one personal area/issue he/she wants to change. This will be the issue/area he/she will focus on for the duration of the course unless he/she believes satisfactory progress has been made on the issue. (If so, then tackle another issue.) In conjunction with each tool the student should work out how to apply that tool to his/her personal area/issue.


Note 4 - Conclude course with Q/A Session


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