Discipline In The Christian Life

Discipline In The Christian Life

1Cor. 9:25-27

And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.


The practice of training people to obey rules or a code of behavior using punishment to correct disobedience (at home, at School, in the community and in the nation)

Self discipline

Means self control, which is a sign of inner strength and control of yourself and your reactions. This skill gives you the power to stick to your decisions and follow them through without changing your mind. It is one of the important requirements for achieving your goals and carrying out tasks.

Goal of Discipline

Building character for desired destiny

2 Timothy 1:7  For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Proverbs 12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but whoever hates correction is stupid.

Importance Of Discipline

  1. Promotes (Ps.119:67)
  2. Crucial for learning. (Ps.94:12, 119:71; Jer.31:18-19; Heb.12:11)
  3. Facilitates growth, progress and development.
  4. Promotes discernment. (Heb. 5:14)
  5. Makes one stable, reliable and dependable. 

4 Ds Of Success

  1. Decision
  2. Determination
  3. Discrimination
  4. Discipline

Spiritual Disciplines

  1. Prayer
  2. Study
  3. Fasting
  4. Witnessing
  5. Fellowship
  6. Stewardship

Righteousness – Requires discipline (1 Cor.9:25-27)

Attained Deliberate Action – (1Cor. 9:27 ; Col. 3) 

Hazards Of Indiscipline

  1. Pr 25:28 Whoever has no rule over his own spirit. Is like a city broken down, without walls.
  2. Pr 16:32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty. And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.