Growing in Wisdom: Not just your average WISE Guy!

Cummings Street M.B. Church                        Bible Study – Minister E. Marcel Jones                              February 5, 2014

This week’s lesson:  WHO’S THE WISE GUY, NOW?

Growing in WISDOM

Key Verse:  Luke 2:52 – And Jesus grew in WISDOM and stature, and in favor with God and man.
 
WISDOM DEFINED:

What is Wisdom?  Wisdom is the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment.  Wisdom is the ability to discern or judge what is true or right; it’s having a deeply convicting insight.

–*It’s important to note that we are not born wise; we GROW in wisdom.  Intelligence may be part of growing in wisdom but it is not sufficient alone for the development of wisdom.   Wisdom involves being able to see the sum of life’s experiences, the big picture, and the hand of God at the same time in order to make the right call.
 
BE CAREFUL FROM WHOM YOU SEEK ADVICE:   When you re-read Job’s account of suffering, you’ll find that he received advice from at least three of his friends.  However, his friends varied on their concept of wisdom –

a. Eliphaz – Eliphaz based his wisdom on his personal observations and experiences. (4:7, 9, 5:3, 27)

–His attitude was, “I have personally observed how God works and have figured him out.”
 
b. Bildad – Bildad based his wisdom upon those who had come before him.  The proverbs and wisdom that had been handed down to him (8:8, 9; 18:5-21)

–His attitude was, “Folks who were here long before us figured things out; so all we have to do is use that knowledge.”
 
c.  Zophar – Zophar based his wisdom on himself. (11:6; 20:1-29)

–His attitude was, “Only a few folks really know what God is like.”
 
d.  Job – Job, however, had enough spiritual intelligence to know that God is the source of wisdom and that fearing God is the first step toward obtaining wisdom. (28:20-28)

–His attitude was, “God will reveal his wisdom to those who trust him.”
 
MENTAL DEVELOPMENT
1.  Why is Wisdom important for the people of God?  Wisdom’s importance is emphasized by Solomon in Proverbs 3:13-26

2.  How does one grow in Wisdom?

To advance in wisdom is to grow intellectually or mentally.

  a.  Wisdom comes through reading the Word of God – Psalm 119:97-104

  b.  Wisdom comes from listening – Proverbs 1:23-28

  c.  Wisdom comes from walking with God – Luke 2:40

  d.  We must pursue wisdom – Proverbs 4:5-7

3.  Do we have an obligation to Wisdom?  Yes, we must encourage our children to become wise – Proverbs 4:3-4; Proverbs 29:15

 
OTHER SUPPORTING SCRIPTURES:

Col 1:9 For this reason also, since the day we heard {of it} we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding

•Solomon asked God for wisdom – I Kings 3:6-9

Therefore, it would be wise for us to ask God for it as well

•It’s not enough to have wisdom but to act on it as well – I Kings 3:12

To advance in wisdom is to grow intellectually or mentally.  Wisdom’s importance is emphasized by Solomon in Proverbs 3:13-26

ADDITIONAL SUPPORTING SCRIPTURES

•Col 4:5-6 (Wise in Conversation)
5 Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.  6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, {as it were,} with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person. (NAS)
 
•James 1:5 (Source of Wisdom)
5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.  (NAS)

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