The Way of Wisdom #11

Gathering Question

  • Share something that has stuck with you from this series of messages on wisdom?

Gathering Prayer

  • What stood out to you in the sermon? What insights did you gain? What questions did it raise?

Proverbs 12:13-14
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

Ecclesiastes concludes by instructing us to “Fear God and keep his commandments.”

  • Why are people sometimes afraid of God?
  • What is the difference between “being afraid of God” and “fearing God”?
  • What does it mean to you to know that God loves you and God is for you – God is not out to get you, nor is God eager to punish you?

Romans 8:31-35,37-38
If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  • How does it feel to know that nothing can ever separate you from the love of God?
  • How is the gift of Jesus a sign of God’s great love for us?

Ecclesiastes 12:13 says, “Fear God and keep his commandments.”

When the Bible calls us to “Fear God,” it means to respect God’s power and authority.

  • Why can it be hard for us to trust our life to God’s power and surrender our life to God’s authority?
  • Why does the word “obey” have a negative tone for many people?
  • How is it different to obey someone we know loves us very deeply?
  • Why is it tempting to give in to our own desires or to follow the crowd, rather than following God’s way?
  • If the Creator of the whole world tells us how to live, why wouldn’t we listen to his wisdom and keep his commandments?

Wisdom happens when we listen to God, respect God and obey God.

  • Which of those comes most easily for you? Which is most challenging?

Closing Prayer

Thank God for his power, authority and wisdom. Then rededicate yourself to God and ask for him for the grace and strength to respect him and keep his commandments.