Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on November 10, 2019:
- SUNDAY: Proverbs 4,
- MONDAY: Proverbs 5,
- TUESDAY: Proverbs 6,
- WEDNESDAY: Proverbs 7,
- THURSDAY: Proverbs 8,
- FRIDAY: Proverbs 16,
- SATURDAY: Proverbs 25,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Guideposts and Guardrails: Wisdom for Healthy Relationships Sermon Title: Trusting God's Wisdom Over My World-View Strengthens Every Relationship
Delivered On: November 3, 2019
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Ask God to help you see the greatness of His wisdom and to be humble enough to trust His Word and leading more than your own insights and perspective. Pray for the courage to implement God’s plan for your relationships even when it does not make sense to you.
One Relational Choice: Identify one way you are behaving in a relationship that is clearly “your way and wisdom” but not in line with God’s design for your relationship. Commit to make a shift to God’s wisdom over your own insight and ask a friend to pray for you as you do this.
Small Group Discussion
If we decided to always go with our natural instincts in how to handle relationships (and ignore God’s wisdom, warnings, and guidance), what are some of the consequences you believe we would face?
Read: Proverbs 2:1-4. What are some of the action words and ideas in this passage (when it comes to acquiring wisdom and God’s knowledge)? What are specific and practical ways we can pursue greater wisdom?
Think about how much time you spend in a normal week seeking, searching for, and working to get material things and then compare this to the amount of time in a week that you actively seek to grow in God’s wisdom. Why do you think this contrast exists in most of our lives?
Read: Proverbs 2:5-8. What are some of the benefits and gifts that God promises to a person who seeks to follow Him and walk in His wisdom? How have you experienced some of these in your life in the seasons you were truly seeking to walk in God’s ways and wisdom?
Read: Proverbs 2:9-19. When we walk in wisdom, it impacts each decision we make and each relationship in which we engage. This passage warns us about wicked men and wicked women. What relational warnings do you see in this passage and why do you think God inspired this portion of the Bible?
What are some of the costs and consequences we might face if we ignore these relational warnings? How can we put up guardrails in our relational life to protect us from people who would bring harm to our life and family?
Read: Proverbs 3:1-8. What are examples of how the worldview of our culture is dramatically different than God’s wisdom in one of the areas below:
• Honesty in our relationships
• Faithfulness in relationships
• Devotion over time in our relationships
• Serving and sacrificing in relationships
• Some other aspect of our relational world
Give an example of a lesson you have learned from God’s Word that has caused you to live in a way that lined up with God’s wisdom, but definitely moved you away from your own “understanding” and way of doing things.
What is one area of your life where you need prayer and encouragement as you seek to align your life, attitude, and behavior with God’s paths? How can your group members help you in this journey of trusting in God’s ways and not your understanding?