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How to Gain Wisdom

September 5, 2018


  1. Intro to Proverbs

    1. Written by Solomon to the people of Israel

    2. Purpose: To teach people how to attain wisdom and how to apply it to everyday life

  2. Wisdom Small Group Questions

    1. Read Proverbs 1:5-7, 2:1-11

    2. What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom?

    3. Why do we need wisdom?

    4. Why do we need to fear the Lord? What does fear mean in this context?

    5. How do we get knowledge from God?

    6. How will wisdom help us in life?

  3. Wisdom

    1. What is the difference between knowledge and wisdom?

      1. Knowledge: having the facts; discernment

      2. Wisdom: Apply those facts to life

      3. Without wisdom, our knowledge is useless. We must learn how to live out what we know.

    2. But… how do we get knowledge? How do we know what is true and what is not? Do we trust what we have been told? How do we find out for ourselves?

    3. Why do we need wisdom?

      1. So we can know God more deeply; He is the source of all knowledge and truth

      2. Make good decisions for our lives; finding God’s will (prov. 3:6)

      3. Help us in times of confusion

  4. Steps for Gaining Wisdom

    1. Fear the Lord

      1. Proverbs 1:7

        1. Why is this the first thing we are called to do?

        2. What does fear mean in this context?

          1. Fear of the Lord is to be in awe or reverence (deep respect for someone or something) of Him

    2. Seek Knowledge

      1. Proverbs 2:2-8

        1. How do we get knowledge through God?

          1. Prayer, scripture, godly counsel, life lessons/experience

    3. Turn Knowledge into Wisdom

      1. Proverbs 2:9-11

        1. You will understand what you have been searching for

        2. God will give you the knowledge that you need

        3. It is up to you to turn it into wisdom

        4. You are going to fail. You are not going to apply the knowledge right away sometimes

        5. Your experience of trials and confusion will serve as knowledge/wisdom late

        6. The important part is to learn from the failures and mistakes that you make; the trials are preparing you for the beauty of the outcome

  5. Conclusion

    1. Takeaways

      1. We ALL need wisdom (applied knowledge)

      2. How do we get wisdom?

        1. Fearing God

        2. Seeking Knowledge

        3. Turning Knowledge to Wisdom

      3. No matter what you are going through right now, seeking God, whether through scripture, prayer, godly counsel, or experience, you are eventually going to get the answers you need.

      4. It’s okay not to have it all together. It’s okay not to know. The beauty in life is figuring it out.

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