Lesson for January 3rd, 2015
The Call of Wisdom
The book of Proverbs is filled with wisdom. Wisdom helps us make the right choices—to choose God’s way, not the way of the deceiver.
Scrabble game tiles, cell phones, postcards, pens
Connecting with the Scripture Topic
- Three wise men came to see Jesus. Recall someone who shared wisdom with you at some point in your life and share with the group what you learned from this person.
- The motto of the book of Proverbs is: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge” (Proverbs 1:7). Discuss with the group what “fear” is and isn’t. Has the church helped or hindered believers with this concept? How?
Sharing and Receiving Scripture
- Solomon talks a lot about wisdom and suggests that wisdom is a “she” (see Proverbs 1:20). How is wisdom like a person?
- Thought Questions
Read Proverbs 1:1-7. Solomon suggests that Proverbs is for gaining wisdom and instruction and for understanding words of insight. He shares that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Explain why fear is the foundation of knowledge.
- Because fear recognizes and accepts who God is
- Because fear leads us to be teachable
- Because fear erases arrogance
- Because fear builds a commitment to be faithful to God
- Because fear separates good from evil
Read Proverbs 1:8-19. Solomon writes that we must embrace the wisdom of our parents and stay away from sinful peers. This is where our education for wisdom starts. Why?
- Wisdom is learning to respect and listen to those who are older than we are.
- Wisdom is learning to submit to the direction of those in authority over us.
- Wisdom is seeking safe role models from whom to learn.
- Wisdom is seeing the folly of choosing peers as role models.
- Wisdom is not hanging around those who make unwise choices.
Read Proverbs 1:20-23. Solomon says that wisdom calls to us; she can be heard all around us. When we listen, she promises to fill us with her teachings. How does wisdom call to us? Explain how the following things happen:
- Wisdom whispers in our ears.
- Wisdom touches our hearts.
- Wisdom opens our eyes.
- Wisdom gives us the taste of life.
- Wisdom enables us to smell.
There are amazing benefits in listening to and following wisdom. In Proverbs 2, Solomon shares some of those benefits. In verse 5, he summarizes: “You will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” Explain how wisdom gives us God’s understanding and knowledge.
- Wisdom seeks out the presence of God.
- Wisdom seeks out the words of God.
- Wisdom seeks out the heart of God.
- Wisdom seeks out the truth of right vs. wrong.
- Wisdom seeks out the joy of righteousness.
Applying the Message of Scripture
Gather in groups of two or three. Choose one of the following options and work on a solution. Then report back to your group when your facilitator says time is up.
- Option 1: Using Scrabble tiles, create little bits of written wisdom from the book of Proverbs. Take pictures of the tiles and forward them to your social media contacts who could use some encouragement.
- Option 2: Create your own wisdom “bytes.” Each byte can be only six words long. Write your byte on a postcard and share how this wisdom has worked in your life. Think of someone who can use this wisdom, address the card, and have the church mail the card to this person this week.
- Option 3: Select a wisdom thought from Proverbs that the group agrees is life-changing. Think of ways to share that thought with your community (newspaper ad, road sign, mailed flyer, radio spot, TV spot, etc.). Choose a method, collect donations, set a date, and make it happen.
Valuing Scripture in Your Life
- Think of two specific times in your life: once when you listened to the “call of wisdom” and once when you didn’t. What happened each time? Share with one other person what you learned from each situation and how this experience has affected your life.
- Often it is harder for a group (church) to follow the call to wisdom. What gets in the way? Share some examples of when it was done right and when it was done wrong. How can a church better follow the call to wisdom?