Practical Principles

Proverbs - What is God Like?: The Character of a Great and Gracious Lord

+ 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 anger 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. What question, conviction, realization, or insight jumped out at you from God’s Word this morning?

  4. What attribute of God is particularly sweet or surprising to you, and why?

  5. Share how certain attributes of God have encouraged, convicted, or challenged your thinking or your actions in your life.

  6. What attribute of God mentioned in Proverbs do you want to understand more of?

  7. Read 1 John 3:2. If a fuller view of who God is in Christ completely delivers Christians from sin at Jesus’ second coming, then what is one of our main strategies for fighting sin today (as it relates to our understanding of God)? How has your understanding of who God is in Christ affected your holiness, positively or negatively?

Proverbs - Hot Anger, Thin Skin, and Mastery of Self

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

  2. How has last week’s sermon on busyness and laziness 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. What question, conviction, realization, or insight jumped out at you from God’s Word this morning?

  4. Anger reveals what we care most about in life. If someone could replay all of the times you got angry in the past year, what would these scenes reveal about your priorities?

  5. There are a number of Proverbs that speak of ways to deal with the anger of others: Creating Distance (22:24), Absorption (10:12), Diversion (15:2; 29:8), Ignoring (20:3), or resolving (17:14). Share about a time when someone used one of these avenues to resolve a would-be conflict.

  6. God gets angry at a number of issues in Proverbs: injustice, pride, hypocritical worship, etc. Read Proverbs 6:16–19. Are there any issues that you are apathetic towards that you ought to become more angry about?

  7. How does being a Christian with a right view of reality help to guard one against sinful anger? Consider ones view of God, view of self, revelation from God’s word, empowerment by the Spirit, or the local church.

Proverbs - Crazy Busy or Lazy Sleepy… and the Biblical Way that Works

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

  2. How has last week’s sermon on purity and pleasure 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. What question, conviction, realization, or insight jumped out at you from God’s Word this morning?

  4. Proverbs addresses the one biblical “way” to walk in, and warns of a ditch on the left (“too little!”) and a ditch on the right (“too much!”). In the areas of planning, sleep, and hard work, where are you at currently: in ditch left (“too little”), on the correct way, or in ditch right (“too much”)?

  5. If by God’s grace you are on the biblical way in these three areas of planning, sleep, and hard work, what is some wisdom that you have learned that you can share with others? If you are in ditch left or right, what are some changes that God would have you make in order to move in the direction of the correct way?

  6. How does becoming a Christian make a person a more effective doer of work (whether this is paid work in a job or unpaid work around the house or elsewhere)? You might think through such areas as motivation, end goal, community, empowerment, knowledge, and allegiance. If you are a Christian, how has this reality influenced the way in which you work?

Proverbs 5 - Purity and Pleasure

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

  2. How has last week’s sermon on friendship 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. How have you seen the subtle (or not so subtle) cultural lies concerning sex/happiness portrayed in media? How have you seen the damage these lies cause in the lives of others? How have these lies to influenced or impacted your own views on sexuality?

  4. When it comes to sexual temptation, what are some areas in which you’ve struggled the most? How have you fought the temptation in order to “stay away” from the allure.

  5. Read Colossians 3:1-5. Before we put to death sexual immorality, impurity, passion, etc., what must we do first? How does this focus enable/encourage us in our struggle against sin?


  6. Proverbs 5:12 references listening to instructors. Do you have close friends in your life that would speak truth to you if you were headed down this path? Do you have close enough friends to even be aware that you were headed down this path? If you don’t, how can you take a step towards closer, more vulnerable relationships this week?

Proverbs - Making Wise Decisions

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

  2. How has last week’s sermon on friendship 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. When were you pressured into making a rash decision and how did it turn out for you? Conversely, when were you tempted to make a rash decision, yet were able to walk away?

  4. What cultural or family traditions/beliefs have you allowed to impact your decision-making? What decisions have you made that perhaps need to be re-examined in light of Biblical truth?

  5. How have the experiences of others served to guide you in your life - either keeping you from calamity or guiding you toward God-honoring decisions?


  6. What decisions are you currently facing that you need to seek wise counsel?

Proverbs - The Good Friend, the Bad Friend, and the Best Friend

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

  2. How has last week’s sermon on knowledge 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. Why is it particularly challenging for us to go deeper than superficialities in conversation? 1

  4. What are some things Christians can do to experience true friendship in the context of the local church? What is one next step you will take to better cultivate friendships in your own life (see “24 Ways to Cultivate Friendships” for ideas)?

  5. Have you experienced disappointments in friendship that led you to become a bit more hard, more closed off, to the vulnerability of friendship? What is the danger to letting this hardness set?

  6. Our eternal home is a world of friendship, and it’s only for those who are reconciled to God in this life. How should this motivate Christians to share the gospel—the good news of reconciliation through justification because of substitution—with others?

  7. Think about what you know of Jesus’ character from the Bible. How does he embody the marks of true friendship? Which characteristic most stands out to you?

    1 Questions 3–7 are drawn from Drew Hunter, Made for Friendship: The Relationship That Halves Our Sorrows and Doubles Our Joys (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2018), pages 37, 138, 54, 138, 157, respectively.

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

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  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

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  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

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  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.