God Is Wise

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God Is Wise

  1. 1. Beyond Belief Exploring the Character of God Rhema Christian Fellowship Bible Study God Is Wise
  2. 2. Our Essential Questions What do I believe about my faith? How do I know the will of God?
  3. 3. Beyond Belief: Exploring the Character of God Session 1: God Is Holy Session 2: God Is Loving Session 3: God Is Always Just Session 4: God Is Forgiving Session 5: God Is Wise Session 6: God Is Faithful
  4. 4. God Is Wise Session 5
  5. 5. God Is Wise The Point: God will give me wisdom when I humbly seek it. The Bible Meets Life. In this session, we’ll learn the Book of Proverbs points to the beauty of God’s wisdom. Our Passage: Proverbs 2:1-6; 3:5-7
  6. 6. ”God Is Wise” (Proverbs 2:1-6; 3:5-7) The Setting: • Bible Students have designated the Book of Proverbs as wisdom literature. • “Wisdom”, “wise” or some variation appear more than 100 times in the book. • In Chapters 2 and 3, Solomon undertakes his parental responsibility to instruct his son in wisdom and the ways of the Lord. • He emphasizes that true wisdom comes from the Lord.
  7. 7. What’s the wisest advice you’ve ever embraced or ignored?
  8. 8. Video Introduction
  9. 9. Video Knowledge and wisdom are different Knowledge is factual information Wisdom is the application of God’s divine truth How do we get God’s promised wisdom? A teachable heart (vv. 1-2) Actively pursue wisdom (vv. 3-4)
  10. 10. What Does the Bible Say? Session 5
  11. 11. Conduct an Inductive Study Mark reference to author in one color and another to the recipient Identify lists Mark keywords and synonyms Mark contrasts Mark terms of conclusion Mark comparisons Mark expressions of time Double underline geographical locations Make lists of keywords and key people
  12. 12. Proverbs 2:1-4 (HCSB) 1 My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, 2 listening closely to wisdom and directing your heart to understanding; 3 furthermore, if you call out to insight and lift your voice to understanding, 4 if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure, 1
  13. 13. Proverbs 2:5-6 (HCSB) 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God. 6 For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. 1
  14. 14. Proverbs 3:5-7(HCSB) 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; 6 think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths. 7 Don’t consider yourself to be wise; fear the Lord and turn away from evil. 1
  15. 15. God wants to impart his wisdom to us. Verse 4 calls us to seek his wisdom. So how do we seek that? • Ask the right person Proverbs 2:6. • Have the right attitude Proverbs 2:2 • Use the right tools Proverbs 2:3–4 Where do you typically turn when you need wisdom or advice? Why? ”God Is Wise” (Proverbs 2:1-6)
  16. 16. Wisdom is the product of a real intimate relationship with God. God's guidance in verse 6 should not be understood as a passive trust in God; it's the by-product of thinking about Him “in all your ways”. So what does trusting the Lord look like? • Wait on God and his perfect timing. • Rely on God's wisdom rather than human understanding. Trust and obedience to God will result in receiving divine wisdom. ”God Is Wise” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
  17. 17. http://tinyurl.com/klnr8b4 ”Good Advice?” (Activity)
  18. 18. Wisdom is not: • mere common sense • simply being reasonable or rational • intuition, instinct, or a sanctified guess Wisdom is a supernatural product of divine discernment given by God through His Spirit. • How do you navigate the tension between trusting God's wisdom and trusting your own competence? • How can a person cultivate humility? ”God Is Wise” (Proverbs 3:7)
  19. 19. Live It Out How will you respond to God's wisdom? • Memorize. • Seek advice. • Immerse yourself and God's word. Search, and you will find information. Seek and ask humbly, and you will find wisdom – God's wisdom.

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