Proverbs

Proverbs - Money Matters

+ Application Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. How has last week’s sermon on speech been resonating with you throughout this past week? Have you had any specific circumstances when the Lord allowed you to apply a truth from the sermon to your life?

  3. Are there areas of worry that you have in regards to finances? How does the reminder that God owns everything encourage you?

  4. What are some wise or unwise ways that you have earned money in the past. What are some wise or unwise ways that you have spent money in the past?

  5. If someone were to look at your spending habits, what might they say are some of the most important things to you?

  6. Do you know of anyone who seems to do a good job of glorifying God with the way they steward their money? What things do they do that are a good example to follow?

  7. What are some ways in which your money habits reflect a focus on temporary happiness and self-reliance? In what ways do your habits reflect a focus on eternal joy and dependence on God?

Proverbs - Taming the Tongue

+ Application Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. Do you find it easier to honor God with your speech in conversations with Christians or with non-Christians? Who or what do your conversations tend to focus on in each of those situations (yourself, others, God, entertainment, etc.)?

  3. How have you seen the destructive power of the tongue impact your own life or the lives of others?

  4. When have you witnessed or experienced the power of words in building someone up?

  5. How do the words you use reveal what is in your heart?

  6. Read Ephesians 4:28-30. What criteria are given for speech? What are some ways in which a believer’s speech could grieve the Holy Spirit?

  7. When do you find it most difficult to control your tongue? What can you do to find victory over temptation in such situations?

Proverbs 31 - Wise Men and Women

+ Application Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. Is your answer to the previous question something that might speak wisdom into someones life? Think of someone who you could encourage by telling them what God has been teaching you. (This might be your spouse, your child, a friend, a coworker, etc.)

  3. What is a word of wisdom that someone shared with you when you were little, and how has it helped you as an adult?

  4. Who has God put in your life to lead spiritually? What are some practical and intentional things you can do to encourage their walk with Christ?

  5. Are you aware of the poor and needy (spiritually or physically) around you? If not, what are some things you can do grow in this awareness. If you are aware, what can you do to be involved in their lives and share God’s love with them?

  6. What character qualities or attributes are portrayed in Proverbs 31:10-31. How can you encourage these qualities in others as we seek to build up the body of Christ?

Proverbs - Humility in a World of Selfies

+ Application Questions

  1. What is something God has been teaching you through your Bible reading this week?

  2. What person in your life comes to mind when you think of someone walking with humility? How has he or she modeled humility well?

  3. Which situation in your life could be aided by your growth in humility?

  4. Thinking about humility often comes with thinking about the opposite: pride. How do you see pride manifested in your workplace, family, friendships, or even in the church body?

  5. Read through the following manifestations of pride - the opposite of humility. Which areas do you perhaps struggle with and need to address.

    • My practice of the spiritual disciplines is inconsistent and superficial.
    • I am often anxious about my life and the future.
    • I am very concerned with what people think about me.
    • I am self-critical and tend to be a perfectionist.
    • I want people to be impressed with me.
    • I am overly competitive.
    • I tend to feel envious or jealous when those around me are being honored.
    • I have a know-it-all attitude.
    • I have a hard time listening. I often interrupt.
    • When listening to a sermon or teacher, I listen with other people in mind instead of listening with my own heart in mind.