Ice Breaker: Share a time when someone’s words impacted you in an encouraging or positive way.
Wisdom and Folly and the Power of Words
Read the following proverbs and select one part of each verse to personalize with this question: How have you experienced this phrase to be true?
Ask and Answer: What is your greatest struggle with your tongue/words currently?
Pastor Thomas shared another pastor’s summary (from this book) of positive characteristics of words in Proverbs. Which one of these are you proficient in? Which one of these do you most need further grace to develop?
How would you counsel or advise someone who is confessing bad tongue habits and doesn’t know how to change?
READ the first half of Proverbs 10:11.
Pray fervently for a zealous attitude to use your tongue's power to help and heal.
More valuable than moving into the particular questions below would be for you to spend time combing through Proverbs 1-9 yourself. Focus on the voice of wisdom and the voice of folly. If you haven’t done this recently please dive into God’s Word directly.
How do we get wisdom?
READ Proverbs 2:1-7
Verses 1-4 relay what two overall conditions or efforts on our part for growing in wisdom
How does Proverbs 3:1 echo condition #1?
How does Proverbs 3:5-6 echo condition #2?
Read Proverbs 4:1-7. In light of these verses and those you studied in chapter 2:
What is your specific, realistic plan to seek after wisdom in God's Word and prayer? If you don't have a plan conclude your study setting to new goals.
Close in prayer asking God for a treasure hunter's heart to "get wisdom."
Share an “iceberg” that you wish you had be wise enough to avoid earlier in your life.
What do you know about Proverbs and what are you feelings about it heading into this sermon series?
What are your biggest questions about Proverbs?
What Wisdom Looks Like
READ Proverbs 1:1-6.
Pastor Thomas briefly explained the words that Solomon used to describe various facets of wisdom in v.2-5. Use the list below to answer:
Discernment: being able to tell between good and evil as God sees it
Wise Dealing: knowing AND acting on the right thing
Prudence: careful planning for the future based on what’s truly valuable
Discretion: good judgment to not proceed with harmful plans
Living with ‘The Fear of the LORD’ (FOL)
READ Job 28:28. What does the second phrase teach us about FOL?
READ Psalm 111:10. What does the second phrase teach us about FOL?
READ Proverbs 1:7. What does the second phrase teach us about FOL?
Read these verses to saturate your mind with the beauty of cultivating FOL. What do these verses say that FOL looks like and how does it bless those who seek it?
Conclude your FOL inquiry by meditating on Proverbs 16:6.
Close in prayer:
Speaking with God the Father about how this study has challenged and encouraged you.
Praising Jesus for bringing you into the Father's steadfast love and faithfulness through His death and resurrection.
Petitioning the Holy Spirit for growth in wisdom and FOL.
Icebreaker: Share/describe one of your favorite photographs from your family.
What’s going on in Corinth? Read these verses to get a snapshot of the messy situation in this early church that Paul addressed in his letters.
Paul has many corrections, encouragements, and instructions for the Corinthian people in his two letters to them. Among his thoughts are the four word images that Pastor Thomas presented in the sermon. Revisit the four images in the verses below and answer the questions below for each image.
b. How would thinking of themselves through that image aid the believers in battling their sinful attitudes and actions?
c. Are there any unhelpful/sinful images or identities that you cling to or struggle to shake off?
d. Which of the four images speaks most personally or convictingly to you? Why?
e. What would it look like to more reflect the image you chose with the Holy Spirit’s help?
Look again at the 4 image verses.
Close by praying Paul's positive Gospel truths in 1 Corinthians 1:4-9. Spend time making requests based on your study.