Evening Celebration – Wisdom

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 ???

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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)

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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’?

For prayer:

  • Where do we need wisdom in our lives?
  • How can I put wisdom into practice?

Rev Tim

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