Central church of Christ 

New Smyrna Beach, Fl 

Sunday Bible Study, 9am.    Sunday Worship, 10am & 5 pm.    Wednesday Bible Study, 7pm.

Dealing With Issues: Addiction.


Addiction is the devotion of a person to something, whether sin in general or food, alcohol or wealth in particular, so as to become dependent upon it. A person will never be satisfied in such a state of slavery. The answer to addiction is self-control through the resources of the new life in Christ.




Addiction is the consequence of sin

2Pe 2:19 See also Jn 8:34.


Addiction to food, alcohol or drugs is to become dependent upon them

Php 3:18-19 See also Isa 5:11; 28:7-8; 56:12; Tit 2:3.


Addiction to wealth is to be controlled by it

Mk 10:21-22; Lk 18:22-23 See also Mt 26:14-16; Mk 14:10-11; Lk 22:3-6; Ac 16:19; 24:26; 2Pe 2:15.


Addiction never satisfies

Addiction to sinful habits does not satisfy Ro 6:20-21.


Addiction to food, alcohol or drugs does not satisfy 

Ecc 6:7 See also Pr 20:1; 21:17; 23:20-21,29-35; Hos 4:10-11; Mt 19:21-22.


Addiction to wealth does not satisfy 

Ecc 5:10 See also 1Ti 6:9-10; Jas 5:1-3.


The answer to addiction: self-control through the new life in Christ

Pr 23:1-4; Ro 6:6-7,11-14 See also Pr 25:16; Ro 6:16-19; 8:12-15; 1Co 6:12; 9:27; Gal 5:22-23.




Dealing With Issues: Anger.

A state of indignation and outrage, often resulting from distress caused by

disappointment, injustice, or insult. Scripture affirms God’s righteous anger against sin and urges moderation in regard to human anger.


Reasons for human anger 

1) Jealousy  Ge 4:4-5 See also 1Sa 17:28; 18:8; 1Ki 21:4; Lk 15:28.


2) Pride Jonah 4:1 See also 2Sa 3:8; 6:8; 2Ki 5:11; 2Ch 26:19.


3) The truth  2Ch 16:10 Hanani had prophesied against the king. See also Nu 24:10; Jer 37:15.



Human anger is sometimes justified  Ex 32:19 See also Ex 11:8; 16:20; Nu 16:15; Lev 10:16; 1Sa 11:6; 20:34; 2Sa 12:5; Ne 5:6; Mk 3:5; Lk 14:21.



Results of human anger 

1) Strife  Ge 4:8 See also 1Sa 20:30; Ps 124:2-3; Pr 29:22; 30:33.


2) God’s judgment  Mt 5:22 See also Ge 49:5-7.


3) Sin Jas 1:20 See also Ps 4:4; Pr 14:17; 2Co 12:20; Eph 4:26.



Dealing with anger 

1) Becoming slow to anger  1Co 13:5 See also Ecc 7:9; Tit 1:7; Jas 1:19.


2) Not taking revenge Ro 12:19.


3) Renouncing anger  Eph 4:31 See also Ps 37:8; Col 3:8; 1Ti 2:8.