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LIFE IN THE SPIRIT SEMINAR
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PANORAMA OF THE OLD TESTAMENT
How do I fit into the Great Story of God and humanity?
Is my life molded and shaped by this inspired literature?
"The New Testament lies hidden in the Old, and the Old Testament is unveiled in the New."
Book of Proverbs
INTRODUCTION TO PROVERBS
What is a proverb you remember?
Who are the people who share Wisdom with you?
Proverbs are short, often clever, and easy to memorize statements of wisdom and practical truth.
It is a collection of advice written by different people over a long period of time.
All of these people had one goal in mind to pass along the wisdom that comes from God so we can understand life better and live it well.
Purpose and Value of Wisdom (1:1-7)
A Father’s Advice (Chapter 4)
Seek Wisdom and Happiness (Chapter 6)
Watch your Temper and Your Tongue (Proverbs 10:18-21)
Pick Your Friends Carefully (24:1-2)
The Sweet Taste of Gossip (26:20-28)
Honesty is the Best Policy (28:1-20)
FACTS ABOUT PROVERBS
Who wrote this book?
King Solomon usually gets the credit, but several people wrote different parts of it over a span of about 400 years…long before Jesus was born.
Why was it written?
To give down to earth practical advice on everyday matters, such as family, society and relationships.
Who was it written for?
Even though the advice applies to everyone, much of this book was written specifically for young people.
How was it organized?
Chapter 1-9 – Speeches about how to be wise and live a good life. Chapters 10-31 – Collections of short sayings.
THE BOOK OF PROVERBS – WEEK 4 - Oct. 13
Zoom - 10am - 11:30am
PERSONAL READING THIS WEEK Chapters:15--19
Group Sharing Questions
How have you come to know God’s will
in a time when your plan was not what you expected?
How have you been able to respond wisely to another’s question?
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Please open your mind and let the Holy Spirit guide you as you read.
Proverbs 16:1-33 - Sovereignty of God
- Who makes the plans in your family? How are they made? What principles for goal setting and knowing God’s will do you see here: (1-4, 9-10,17, 20,25, 33) Does evil function outside of God’s control? (4) or does it eventually serve God’s purpose?
- It is often said; “Man proposes, God disposes” How is that supported here?
- What role should feelings, circumstances, counsel, conscience, Scripture, casting lots (v 33), oracles (v 10), in knowing and doing God’s will?
Proverbs 17:1-28 – Relationships
- What do you do for peace and quiet? What conflict management ideas do you see in these verses? How does God deal with the perpetators and victims of injustice? How should we?
- With what crucible has the Lord been testing your heart? When you are wrong how do you like to be corrected? What kind of correction only provokes you?
- What can we as group pray about regarding our own family ties? What is the appearance of Wisdom (27-28)?
How can we help each other build holy relationships?
HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE
1. Pray before you begin...ask the Holy Spirit to open your mind and heart as you read the scripture. (see prayer below)
2. Use the same Bible each time. The New American Bible, revised edition or The Jerusalem Bible are good choices.
Using an actual book allows you to underline and date the times you study. I've put down the place and why/who I am studying/praying for.
3. Read slowly and keep a note pad near to write down distractions, ideas to contact or help another.
4. Read the footnotes for more information. They often point to other scriptures that relate to the passage you are studying.
5. Practice Lectio Divina - read again slowly and underline the words that resonate with you. Put yourself into the passage. Ask Christ to help you understand why those words resonate at this time.
Prayer of St. John Chrysostom
O Lord Jesus Christ, open the eyes of my heart that I may hear your word, and understand and do your will, for I am a sojourner upon the Earth.
Hide not your commandments from me, but open my eyes that I may perceive the wonders of your Law.
Speak unto me the hidden and secret things of your wisdom.
On you I set my hope, O my God, that you shall enlighten my mind and understanding with the light of your knowledge;
not only to cherish those things which are written, but to do them.