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Study Questions for 6/9/2019

Making Decisions (3:5-6; 11:14; 15:22; 24:6)

1. Read Proverbs 3:5. What things or people or pursuits get in the way of trusting in the Lord with all your heart?

2. Read Proverbs 30:1-6. What is the attitude of one who does not lean on his own understanding? How does this relate to Proverbs 3:5-6? How does this attitude or outlook help us make decisions?

3. What is the difference between knowing God and desiring to do what He wants?

4. Read Proverbs 11:14; 15:22; 24:6. Do you have an abundance of godly counselors/advisers? If not, how can you find some?

5. What are some specific ways you can trust the Spirit inside you to help you make wise decisions? Read Galatians 5:16-26. Also Romans 8:1-11.

6. What sins do you need to repent of today to allow the Spirit to fill you?

7. Read Psalm 39:5, 11. How does this perspective on the brevity of your life help you make wise decisions?

8. Read James 4:13-17. Why does the way we speak make a difference as we make decisions? How does James 4:17 help us make wise decisions? Is there something you know you should do?

9. When was the last time you took a risk to be obedient to Christ’s call and commission?

1. Have you ever considered the value of wisdom? In what areas of your life have you benefited from God’s wisdom?

2. Does wisdom make you happy?

Read this quote by John Piper:

“So I take it to be a great and wonderful and liberating truth that God made us to be eternally happy. And I find great help in viewing the Bible as God’s guidebook to joy. We ought to view the Bible as a divine prescription for how to be cured of all unhappiness. The medicine it prescribes is not always sweet, but the cure it brings is infinite and eternal joy at God’s right hand (Psalm 16:11).”

3. Read Proverbs 8:32-36 and 19:8. What do these passages have to say about the value of wisdom?

4. Do you value wisdom? If not, what is getting in the way (not teachable, self-centered, proud)?

5. How is Jesus the quintessential wise one? Consider ways he valued wisdom and displayed wisdom.

6. How is wisdom available? Where do we get it? How can we get it? Read Proverbs 2:1-5.

7. Have you ever asked God for wisdom? How did God respond? Read James 1:5-8. When we ask for wisdom how should we ask? Why is this important?

8. Read Proverbs 2:12-15. When has wisdom rescued you? When have you disregarded wisdom and paid the price?

9. Read Proverbs 3:19-20. How is wisdom foundational? How has wisdom been foundational in your life?

10. John Piper gives five ways to get wisdom:

– Desire wisdom with all your might (Prov. 4:8)

– Study and meditate on God’s Word

– Pray for it (Daniel 2:30; Colossians 1:9; Ephesians 1:17)

– Remember our frailty (Psalm 90:12)

– Come to Jesus (John 14:6; 2 Cor. 1:20; Colossians 2:3)

Which of these can you apply this week?