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Spanish Springs Sermon Notes and Questions – July 19, 2020

James: Faith in the Real World

Wk 7 Wisdom, “Choose Wisely”

James 3:13-18

 

James 3:13-18
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

 

  1. What is worldly, or false wisdom?

 

  1. Arrogance
  2. Lying against the truth
  3. Earthly
  4. Natural-
  5. Demonic-

 

  1. What is True Wisdom, and Where Does it Come From?

 

Knowledge– is the accumulation of facts and information.

 

Wisdom– Is knowing how to properly apply the knowledge you have.

 

Wisdom is the ability to apply God’s word to the events in your daily lives.

 

Psalms 119:105
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

 

What does God’s Wisdom look like?

  1. Pure-

Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

  1. Peaceable-
  2. Gentile-

Matthew 5:39-40
But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well.

  1. Reasonable-
  2. Merciful-
  3. Bountiful-
  4. Unwavering-
  5. Sincere-

 

James 3:18
Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness

 

 James 3:16
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

 

  1. Where does wisdom come from?

 

Proverbs 2:6
For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

 

James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

 

Matthew 6:33
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

 

Choosing Wisely: Seeking God’s Wisdom

 

  1. Ask-

 

James 1:5
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

 

  1. Live Like Jesus-

 

1 Corinthians 11:1
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

 

John 14:15
“If you love me, keep my commands.”

 

  1. Share It!

 

Matthew 28:19
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

 

 

Notes:

 

Small Group Questions:

  1. Read James 3: 13-18, Can you have true wisdom without spiritual maturity? Can you have true wisdom without knowing God?

 

  1. What can we do when we’ve been holding on to bitterness? Why do we at times feel anxious or threatened by others?  Is that a sin? Is it ok to be arrogant if it’s only sometimes?

 

  1. Darin pointed out 5 characteristics of worldly wisdom: arrogance, lying against the truth (changing truth to match their beliefs), earthly, natural, demonic. Give some examples of how each of these characteristics may start in our life.

 

  1. What is the difference between wisdom and knowledge? What are some characteristics of each? Can you have one but not the other?

 

  1. Read Psalms 119:105, if Gods Word lights our way, can we know which way He wants us to go if we’re not in the Word?

 

  1. Some of the characteristics of Gods wisdom pointed out in the sermon are: purity, peaceable, gentle, reasonable, merciful, bountiful, unwavering, and sincere. What are some of these that you do well in?  What are some that you may be able to do a little better in?

 

  1. Can wisdom come from anyone besides God? Why or why not? How can we ensure we see the world through Jesus’ eyes?

 

  1. Read Matthew 5: 8-9, How can we, as sinners, be pure in heart? Have you ever met someone who is a peacemaker? What are some attributes they display?

 

  1. How can we share God’s Wisdom and not just blend in as a regular old worldly person?

10.Please continue to pray for your friends and neighbors who may not know God.  Can you be a Bridge to Jesus to someone this week?  Will you?