Small Group Study – August 16th

Proverbs 3 – week 1

Ice Breaker:  Some say wisdom comes with age, and in some ways, they are right.  Can you remember things you thought when you were “young”, that you realize now that you’re “old” aren’t as true as you thought they were?

1.     Much of the OT book of Proverbs is a father (Solomon) giving words of wisdom to his kids.  Do you remember words of wisdom from your parents?  Give some examples.

2.     What are some things you wish your parents would have taught you…things that you will make sure to teach your kids?

3.     Wisdom is seeing today’s decisions in the light of yesterday’s lessons and tomorrow’s aspirations.  Discuss.

4.     Proverbs 3:5-6 says:

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."

a.     Are there areas you have found it difficult to “trust the Lord with all your heart”?

b.    When we “acknowledge” God….it means we recognize Him for who He is in our lives.  Discuss.

c.     God writes straight with crooked lines.  Discuss in light of the following verse, a fictional account of Mary, the mother of Jesus at the foot of the cross:

“Her face showed grief, but not despair

Her head though bowed had faith to spare.

And even now she could suppose

His thorns would somehow yield a rose.

Her life with Him was full of signs

That God writes straight with crooked lines.

Dark clouds can hide the rising sun

And all seem lost when all be won.”

5.     Do you trust God with your:

a.     Self-worth.                                                                                                                                                                                          i.     What have you been doing to “prove your worth”, when Jesus already established it by the price He paid              for you?

b.    Relationships:                                                                                                                                                                                     i.     Do you REALLY believe He has something FOR you?

c.     Career:                                                                                                                                                                           i.     Are you where He’s called you?  If not, what is your next step?

d.    Kids:                                                                                                                                                                                i.     He loves them even more than you do!  Has He given you a next step to apologize, to have a talk, to                      encourage, to correct?