Café church is an informal service and the teaching is discussion based, so there is no ‘text’ but these are the readings and questions we looked at together … if you’d like to share your answers, do leave a comment.
We’re thinking tonight about “wisdom”, so to get you started, here are some proverbs from the Bible (I’m not going to give you the reference!) – see if you can work out what are the missing words or phrase:
- Like a madman shooting firebrands or deadly arrows is a man who ???
- Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with ???
- Like the ??? at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him;
- ??? is a crown of splendour; it is attained by a righteous life
- Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with ???
Like a madman shooting firebrands or deadly arrows is a man who deceives his neighbour and says, ‘I was only joking!‘ (Proverbs 26:18-19 NIV)
Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. (Proverbs 21:19)
Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him (Proverbs 25:13)
Grey hair is a crown of splendour; it is attained by a righteous life (Proverbs 16:31)
Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouthful of gravel (Proverbs 20:17)
Our reading tonight is Proverbs 8 and we’re asking the following questions (try to be practical rather than abstract):
- What is wisdom? What does wisdom look like in practice?
- How do we learn wisdom?
- How do we see God’s wisdom in creation?
- What is the link between wisdom and our faith?
These are just some aspects of wisdom taken from Proverbs 22:17 – 23:35
- not exploiting the poor
- not having a hot temper
- not falling into debt
- respecting property
- skill in work
- avoiding gluttony
- not striving for wealth
- not being stingy
- avoiding foolish people
- willing to discipline children
- not envious
- avoiding drink
- honouring parents
- avoiding adultery
Many of them are phrased in the negative – can you rephrase them as positives? For example, ‘not being stingy’ as ‘being generous’, or ‘not envious’ as ‘being content with what you have’?
- Where do we need wisdom in our lives?
- How can I put wisdom into practice?