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TEXT: PROVERBS 6:1-19
Nestled in the middle of warnings against sexual immorality we find Proverbs 6:1-19. Here Solomon addresses a number of every-day situations that require God’s wisdom and guidance. We once again see that God desires to graciously guide his children through the way of wisdom every area of our lives including financial decisions, the wise use of our time for honorable work, relationships with others, and the use of our words.
HEAD: Questions aimed at our minds to help us understand God’s word.
As you consider this passage, it may seem like a disjointed list of advice. How would you summarize what this passage is saying? Do you see a common theme?
Read verses 17-19. What are some shared characteristics of these sins that are listed? What negative consequences are shared by all of these?
HEART: Questions aimed at our affections to help us love God.
Every sin can be traced back to an underlying idol of the heart. An idol is anything that is more important to you than God. What are some of the underlying idols that would lead us to foolishness in our finances (v.1-5)? To laziness (v.6-11)? To sowing discord in relationships? (v.12-15)
What are the idols of your own heart that lead you to foolish decision making? Prayerfully take time to identify and repent.
HANDS: Questions aimed at our hands to help us live for God (Personally, Communally, and Missionally).
Read 1 Corinthians 15:10 with Proverbs 6:1-19 in mind. How does the Gospel of Grace empower us to live lives of responsibility and maturity?
What are some practical steps you need to take to build a life of maturity? (Think of your relationships, work, finances, health, spiritual pursuits, etc.)