Friday, February 27, 2015

Sabbath School Starter – 2015 Q1L9

The Godly Mind, Heart and Mouth
reflections on Words of Truth - Lesson 9, Quarter 1, 2015

The Godly Mind
Memory Text: I have written thirty sayings for you, filled with advice and knowledge. In this way, you may know the truth and take an accurate report to those who sent you. (Proverbs 22:20-21, NLT).

What does this text tell us about the person receiving Solomon’s 30 sayings?
How does Solomon ask for his 30 sayings to be used?
How might this strategy of Solomon, who received ambassadors from across the known world, have served to increase his reputation while also spreading the Wisdom of God?
Solomon’s collection of Wisdom sayings is in the Holy Bible, the most widely sold (and hopefully read) book in the world. How far do you think Solomon’s words reached during his lifetime?

What do you think of the idea (presented in Saturday’s lesson) that some of the ideas in Solomon’s wisdom were imported from Egyptian wisdom and altered to fit the Hebrew perspective? How does the memory text shed light on this?
With the understanding that humanity is created in the image of God, what does a discovery and implementation of ‘foreign wisdom’ suggest about the character of God?
What needs might it suggest in our personal and corporate (Church) character?
Does 2 Timothy 3:16 decrease or increase the possibility that God’s wisdom is present in human wisdom traditions around the world? Why?

The Godly Heart
Put these four words in the order that works best for you. Discuss why you put them in that order.  Belief      Desire      Hope     Faith

How do you feel about the following statement from Monday’s lesson?
“Faith in God and in His promises of judgment help give us some peace of mind regarding all the injustice we see in the world now.“
Is this really the hope we should have for those who do not know Jesus?
As followers of Jesus, what is a better “hoped for” outcome for the lost than judgement?
How does our own experience of repentance and forgiveness make a difference in our desired outcome for the lost?

The Godly Mouth
Compare Proverbs 23:1-8 with Mark 7:14-23
How are they related?
How is the hospitality of the proverb’s ruler or stingy man likely to lead to the evils listed in Mark 7:21-23?
If we are to take the words of Jesus seriously, what might the advice in Proverbs 23:1- 8 be teaching rather than the control of our (food) appetites?
What should we do or say when we see someone caught in the vices mentioned in Mark 7:21-23?
Consider Ezekiel 33:8 and Proverbs 24:11-12 before answering.

How does the gift of God for us, in the death of His Son Jesus, make possible the formation of a Godly mind, heart and mouth in us?
How does the gift of God to us, in the presence and power of His Holy Spirit, make possible the maturing of a Godly mind, heart and mouth in us?

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