Learning from the Sluggard
Here are some additional sluggard “pictures” from Proverbs that weren't mentioned in the sermon. Take time to consider them carefully and answer the questions below for each picture.
1. Proverbs 10:26
2. Proverbs 12:27
3. Proverbs 15:19
4. Proverbs 24:30-34
Learning to Live Flourishing
Pastor Thomas concluded the sermon by contrasting a slothful life to a flourishing life. These two articles describe and invite you to embrace the value of a flourishing life. Take time to read. Then take a blank sheet of paper and write down your immediate reflections from the articles as you pray.
This article explains how every ability you have and role you are given is a special assignment from God.
This article conveys the encouragement that your life will change the world.
Pastor and Theologian, Jonathan Edwards, said the following about pride:
Pride is the first sin that ever entered into the universe, and the last sin that is rooted out. Pride is the worst sin. It is the most secret of all sins. There is no other matter in which the heart is more deceitful and unsearchable. Alas, how much pride the best have in their hearts! Pride is God's most stubborn enemy!
READ Proverbs 18:12 and 16:18-19
In order for Christians to make faithful efforts at walking out God’s Eternal Wisdom for Everyday Life, we must first acknowledge that we are unable to do any of these things apart from Christ.
Humility: Pride’s Antidote
C.S. Lewis said, “True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”
Proverbs 22:4 and Proverbs 19:20-21
(4) Examples of Pride
Here are four ways that pride manifests itself in our lives (specifically when receiving instruction from others). Looking at the short description of each of these, which of these are most difficult for you personally? Choosing humility, how could you specifically battle these examples of pride? (i.e. what would humility look like in practice).
Take some time to pray and encourage one another, specifically in the area of pride.
Pastor Thomas offered this definition of integrity in the sermon: Integrity: living an honest, faithful life in Christ to glorify God everywhere, every day.
READ Proverbs 11:3 and 10:9.
Pastor Thomas used the word ‘compromise’ as a modern version of the word ‘crooked.’
READ the following verses and, for each one, address this question: how could the Gospel truths in this verse equip me to walk in integrity and stay back from reaching the point of compromise? (Tip: don’t breeze over these. Each one is loaded with multiple, uber-powerful truths.)
Choose and commit to memorizing one of the above verses in the next 7 days.
Below are the 4 application questions that concluded the sermon. Pray and proceed in obedience to Jesus. This may be all the study you need. It would be better to pray and obey actively than read more Scripture with no action.
Note: through the sermon and this study keep in mind that “wealth” refers to our money and possessions. It does not refer to wealthy people, but to what income and possessions we do have.
READ Proverbs 3:9
1. Am I using my wealth (money and possessions) in any way that doesn’t honor God?
2. Is my attitude toward wealth honoring to God, or competing with Him in any way?
3. Is the way I treat people regarding wealth honoring to God?
4. How does God want me to actively honor Him with my current wealth?
2 Do’s and 2 Don’ts
DO prepare to die by using wealth for eternal purposes.
DON'T make wealth your strong tower.
DO work hard and live according to your means.
DON'T put wealth above any relationship.
Spend time, with paper and pen, praying and planning some steps towards savoring your Savior with your wealth.