The Phone Tree Bible Study Group’s 2012 Summer Challenge
Gaining Wisdom – 8 weeks in the Proverbs
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 1-3
Chapter 1 Summary – > The proverbs are words of the wise for learning what wisdom and discipline are.
Power Scripture: “But he who listens to me shall live securely and will be at ease from the dread of evil.” – Proverbs 1:33
Practical Life Message: If you were given a promise of life security and ease, would you believe it? The word of God – the Spirit-breathed truth from the Most High – speaks of such a promise. What is required of us…belief. If we but listened to His wisdom, we would have true life security (i.e. freedom from fear, doubt/worry) and peaceful ease (i.e. comfort, rest).
Chapter 2 Summary – > If you seek, you will surely come to know the origin and purpose of wisdom.
Power Scripture: “If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the LORD and discover the knowledge of God. – Proverbs 2:4-5
Practical Life Message: Wisdom is God Himself. If you search for it [wisdom], you will find Him. If you look for it as you would a precious or valuable jewel, you will inevitably come directly to the LORD who is truly the purest wealth. Upon finding Him, you will realize your need of Him and humbly seek Him out even more, as you will have gained a level of understanding, knowing that there is nothing more priceless than an awareness, respect and understanding of God.
Chapter 3 Summary – > The LORD is unquestionably supreme in His being, providing everything we need to survive.
Power Scripture: “Do not be afraid of sudden fear nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.” – Proverbs 3:25-26
Practical Life Message: Trials and challenges are guaranteed to come from external sources which mean you harm and you will likely experience a rush of fear when this happens, but you should not worry or fret because the LORD will be with you. He will be your sure thing, and in so being, He will prevent harm from befalling you.
7 Questions to Consider:
1) What are the words of the wise and who is considered to be Wisdom itself?
2) Are you willing to receive wise instruction from the word of God?
3) Why must understanding be acquired?
4) What do knowledge, discernment and understanding grant?
5) Do you allow wisdom to enter your heart? How do you know this to be true?
6) Do you view wisdom as a healing refreshment? Discuss.
7) What does the following mean: “…but He is intimate with the upright?”