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Read Proverbs: Week 3 (Chapters 15-21)

Mike Butler

Proverbs Challenge: 1x3 = Wisdom

Proverbs challenges us to consider the choices between being wise and being foolish. Every decision we make should be fueled by wisdom, but that simply is just not the case. The Proverb challenge is simple, but can be life changing.  For 31 days, you will engage on a journey that will take you through all Thirty-One chapters of Proverbs with the intention of leading you to trust the ancient wisdom of the Scriptures. It’s fairly simple: 1x3=Wisdom. Following the calendar of July, you will select the proverb of the same day (e.g. July 15 = Proverb 15), read it three times and ask God, “What wisdom do you desire me to gain today?”  The process is simple, but the outcome will be life changing. Enjoy the journey.

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Week 3 (Chapters 15-21)

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”  (Proverbs 15:1) I think it’s difficult to see the impact of our words on one another. We see this most times with the people we are closest.  Maybe it’s in the way we speak to our children or our parents spoke to us. Perhaps, we feel it in the way that we speak to our siblings or maybe our closest friends. Regardless, our words have the power to either build up or tear down and the impact of those words can have extremely long consequences - good or bad.  For years, I struggled to see value in myself after hearing two people I dearly loved speak negatively about me as a teenager.

But it’s not simply about our words.  

Our actions are really just words we speak with our body.  So, we have to be careful of our words and the lives we live especially among those we love.  Applying the wisdom we learn to our most important relationships requires us to think through every aspect of what we will do with what we have learned.  Who doesn’t know someone whose dad was either a great source of joy or hurt in her life? How many people do we know whose sense of being a husband or wife is rooted by the way it was modeled for them? Wisdom calls out to us through a coach who was always there for us or an uncle who stood in the gap when our dad couldn’t. Someone told me years ago that every person carries around two buckets - one with gas and one with water. When others come to us, they come to us with a flame - either for good or for bad - and we have the option of either fueling the flame or extinguishing it.  Since we will spend so much time with people we love, we must learn to use wisdom in our relationships. Wisdom says “learn from me because I am true and all I have to say is right. What you learn from me you will use for yourself, but because you use it it will become available for all who listen. So use me wisely and let those you love the most learn from me by the way you have learned to live by me.”

Themes: Chapter 15-21 = Practical Life Instruction

  • Compare/Contrasts - “And, But” (16:9, 20-21,

  • Benefits of wise choices (15:24, 30; 16:7, 23)

  • Confidence in the LORD (16:3, 33)

  • Providence/God’s Plan (16:4, 11,

  • Basic instruction (16:13-15, 18, 25-26, 31-32

  • Warnings (16:27-30)

Questions to consider this week:

  1. In what ways do my relationships require wisdom?

  2. What are the real benefits of making wise choices with people? What are some real problems that arise when I don’t use wisdom?

  3. How does God’s plan (providence) play in to applying wisdom in my relationships? Which relationship or relationships need the healing balm of wisdom?

  4. What do I need to do to make that happen?

Weekly Challenge

Resources or Studies

Youversion (bible.com)

The power of wisdom is displayed in the book of Proverbs, written from and by a father to help his son become truly wise. The Path of Life is filled with many twists and turns, it is not an easy course to navigate on our own. This is exactly why God has not left us to ourselves. Instead, He has provided us with the perfect wisdom we need for the journey ahead through the infallible Word of God. Jesus, our true wisdom, helps us navigate this path of complexities through the wisdom of Proverbs. Proverbs demonstrates this skill in living that comes through fearing the Lord. Join us this Sunday morning at 9 and 10:30 as Pastor Joe Grizzle continues the "Wise" Series. For more information, visit us at www.crosspointe.tv.

Read Proverbs: Week 2 (Chapters 8-14)

Mike Butler

PROVERBS CHALLENGE: 1X3 = WISDOM

Proverbs challenges us to consider the choices between being wise and being foolish. Every decision we make should be fueled by wisdom, but that simply is just not the case. The Proverb challenge is simple, but can be life changing.  For 31 days, you will engage on a journey that will take you through all Thirty-One chapters of Proverbs with the intention of leading you to trust the ancient wisdom of the Scriptures. It’s fairly simple: 1x3=Wisdom. Following the calendar of July, you will select the proverb of the same day (e.g. July 15 = Proverb 15), read it three times and ask God, “What wisdom do you desire me to gain today?”  The process is simple, but the outcome will be life changing. Enjoy the journey.

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Week 2 (Chapters 8-14)

“What does God want me to do?” Each of us as this question, even if it’s not the exact wording.  We want to know who to date or marry, so we ask “Is this the right person?”. We are looking for answers about what job to take or pursue, so we ask “What is the right direction?”  Even in matters of daily lifestyle choices, we want to know that we are making the right choices, so we ask “Is that the best lunch for me?” or “Should I take the day off and recover?” Maybe we wonder, “Should start exercising?” or “Is it time to sit down and talk through retirement.”  

The heart of these questions - and many more - is simply “What does God want me to do?”

This week as you read through the proverbs, the key is to ask God, “What should I be listening for?”  Wisdom truly calls out to us. Many times, we fail to make the connection between our daily choices and the well-being of our lives.  However, truly hearing wisdom will grant us the confidence to act as God would intend. In his ministry, Jesus taught that his desire was to give life abundantly (John 10:10) and that required listening for the Shepherd.

Keeping in mind that God’s gifts to us are good, can help us truly appreciate His leading in our lives.  The wisdom God offers provides insight and direction for us. The beauty is that every ounce of wisdom we have in life has come from outside of us. We may have figured it out, but this is only because we listened and learned from others.  This is important because if everyone learns via others, then we have learned because of others and others will learn because of us. But ultimately, all wisdom is from God. So this week, listen because Wisdom is speaking.

Themes

  • Chapter 8 - Wisdom is active (1-11) Character of “Wisdom” (12-21, 32-36); Wisdom’s origin (22-31)

  • Chapter 9 - Wisdom’s “invitation” (1-6, 10-12, ); Practical Instruction (7-9,); The danger of folly (13-18)

  • Chapter 10-14 - Compare/Contrasts -“And/But”, “If/Then”; benefits of wisdom and dangers of foolishness

Questions to ask of each proverb:

  1. How can we “hear” wisdom?

  2. What practices will allow us to hear wisdom better? What will prevent us from hearing it?

  3. What was the most important lesson you learned as a child? Teenager? Adult? Why was it so important?

  4. What is God saying to you about wisdom today?

Weekly Challenge

  • Memorize one or two proverbs that will remind you how to listen for wisdom.  

  • Journal, blog, or use social media to challenge others to consider wisdom.

Resources or Studies

Youversion (bible.com)

Our Wise series continues with a message from Mike Luster, our pastor of student ministries. Who's voice are you listening to?

Read Proverbs: Week 1 (Chapters 1-7)

Mike Butler

Proverbs Challenge: 1x3 = Wisdom

Proverbs challenges us to consider the choices between being wise and being foolish. Every decision we make should be fueled by wisdom, but that simply is just not the case. The Proverb challenge is simple, but can be life changing.  For 31 days, you will engage on a journey that will take you through all Thirty-One chapters of Proverbs with the intention of leading you to trust the ancient wisdom of the Scriptures. It’s fairly simple: 1x3=Wisdom. Following the calendar of July, you will select the proverb of the same day (e.g. July 15 = Proverb 15), read it three times and ask God, “What wisdom do you desire me to gain today?”  The process is simple, but the outcome will be life changing. Enjoy the journey.

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Week 1 (Chapters 1-7)

All of life is rooted in choices or decisions.  We choose daily - even moment to moment - to do something.  But are those decisions rooted in wisdom? After all, sometimes we make decisions that are rooted in selfishness - “What I want is the most important.” Most of the time, we aren’t so bold as to say this, but every once in a while the truth comes out. Sometimes our decisions are driven by fear - “If we don’t do something, then the bottom will fall out” or “I have to make a choice that will prevent the worst from happening.” Other times our decisions are driven by acceptance - “If I do this, then maybe ____________ will pay more attention or approve or like me more or on and on.”

But Wisdom wants more for us!

Often referred to as a law or guide, Proverbs seeks to equip us to make better, wiser decisions. Sometimes it’s about a more informed decision - “Should I change jobs?  Which job is the right one? Should I go into debt for my business? If so what are the risks?” Other times we are asking about how to raise a family or treat a spouse - “Why do we discipline children and what is the most God-honoring way to do so? How do I love my spouse more fully? What is a character trait God seeks in a Godly wife or husband? What should be the most important truths to pass on to my children?”  Wisdom seeks to give us counsel on both how to choose and how to apply what we choose.

This week as you read the daily proverbs, challenge yourself to really focus on what wisdom can be found. Challenge yourself to commit to memory one or two proverbs this week that will remind you where to search for wisdom and the benefits of it. Also consider what it might mean to disregard wisdom and choose foolishness.   

Themes

  • Chapter 1 - The heart of Wisdom (1-7); value of wisdom (8-9); warnings of disregarding wisdom (10-19); Parable of wisdom calling (20-33)

  • Chapter 2 - How we acquire wisdom (1-11; How wisdom saves (12-19); The benefits of wisdom/pitfalls for not having it (20-22)

  • Chapter 3 - Instructions to keep wisdom (1-10, 21-26); God’s discipline as God’s favor (11-12); The “value” of wisdom (13-18); The use of wisdom- Personally and God’s (27-35)

  • Chapter 4 - Wisdom from our fathers (1-3); Pursue Wisdom (4-9); Practical Wisdom (10-27)

  • Chapter 5 - Instructions on the “adulterous woman” (1-6); effects of disregarding wisdom (7-14, 20-23); fidelity to your wife (15-20);

  • Chapter 6 - Debt and obtaining freedom (1-5); work ethic (9-11); wicked intent and the outcome (12-15); 7 Things the LORD hates (16-19); sexual purity, adultery, and the outcome (20-35)

  • Chapter 7 -  Treat wisdom like “family” (4-5); parable of an adulterous woman (6-27)

Questions to ask of each proverb:

  1. How is wisdom described?

  2. Where can we find or gain wisdom? What keeps wisdom from being found?

  3. In what ways have I seen wisdom work out for me? In what ways has foolish choices hurt me? My family? My friends?

  4. What is God saying to me about wisdom today?

Weekly Challenge

  • Memorize one or two proverbs that will remind you where to find wisdom.  

  • Journal, blog, or use social media to challenge others to consider wisdom.

Resources or Studies

Youversion (bible.com)


This week, Pastor Lewis begins our Wise series with “A Proverbs Driven Life”. The Path of life is filled with many twists and turns, it is not an easy course to navigate on our own. This is exactly why God has not left us to ourselves. Instead, He has provided us with the perfect wisdom we need for the journey ahead through the infallible Word of God. Jesus, our true wisdom, helps us navigate this path of complexities through the wisdom of Proverbs. Join us at CrossPointe on Sunday Mornings at 9 and 10:30. For more information, visit us at www.crosspointe.tv.