February 12: Here's Your Sign

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“Here’s Your Sign” | February 12, 2017

Series Big Idea

One Question That Changes Everything. What is the wise thing to do?

Teaching Big Idea

Jesus give me the wisdom to know what to do and give me the courage to do it.

BEGIN IN PRAYER

Begin this session in prayer. Consider asking for humility in the face of God’s teachings. Pray for wisdom.

TALK IT OVER

Ice Breaker

  •  How did you see wisdom this week?

  •  How did you see foolishness?

  •  How do you know it was foolish?

    DIG IN

    Proverbs describes at least four types of people: The Wise, The Simple, The Fool and The Mocker.

    Read the passage and discuss these together.

    The Wise:

    Scripture

    Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Proverbs 1:7 (NLT)

    Observation & Interpretation

    Read vs.7 and discuss:

    1. What does the writer mean by “the foundation”?

    2. What might untrue knowledge be?

    3. What does it mean to despise wisdom? Discipline?

    Scripture

    Fear of the lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgement. Proverbs 9:10 (NLT)

    Observation & Interpretation

    Read vs.10
    The word “Knowledge” in the bible is often side by side with “wisdom” and glory. Put together they begin to show that God is beyond seeing the end of. Knowledge of his wisdom and glory includes questions of “how’”and “why” everything works as it does, is as it is, and why. The phrase “Fear of the Lord” includes a sense of awe at the vast and deep nature of God and a subsequent respect for his ways.

    In light of the above statement discuss the following:

    1. What is Knowledge of the Holy One?

    2. Discuss “Fear of the Lord”.

    3. How might this view of God result in good judgement and make one wise?

The Simple:

Scripture

“Come in with me, “she urges the simple. To those who lack good judgement, she says...Leave your simple ways behind, and begin to live; learn to use good judgment.”
Proverbs 9:4,6 (NLT)

Observation & Interpretation

“Wisdom” is speaking to the simple. It is also translated “naive” and in the context of “youth” and “foolishness”.

  1. What are some dangers to the simple in our culture?

  2. Why are “simple” and “naive” connected with being young?

The Fool:

A fool in Proverbs is a description of someone who is morally foolish. They choose to ignore wisdom to their own hurt. This affects those around them as well.

1. How do the actions of a fool affect others? 2. How do you deal with a foolish person?

The Mocker:

Scripture

Anyone who rebukes a mocker will get an insult in return. Anyone who corrects the wicked will get hurt. So don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you. Instruct the wise, and they will be even wiser. Teach the righteous, and they will learn even more.
Proverbs 9:7-9 (NLT)

Observation & Interpretation

1. Where do you find “mockers” in our culture? 2. How do you interact with them?
3. How does that turn out?
4. How does a wise person respond?

Pray

Pray together as a group. Ask for wisdom. Ask for courage.

Resource: Ask It by Andy Stanley