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1. What does your conduct show?

  • Scripture Reference: Romans 13:13-14, James 3:13
  • Leader Notes
    • James was led by the Spirit to challenge the believers to demonstrate their faith through their lives and not just our words. What we say doesn’t begin in our mouths it begins in hearts 
    • True biblical wisdom is humble and not arrogant. The way we conduct ourselves is so important.  
    • We have to actively remove the gaps between what we say and how we live.
  • Question for Reflection: When you think about the last week, what do your actions teach others about what you really believe? Is there someone in the last week to which you need to apologize?

2. Beware of earthly wisdom.

  • Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 3:2-3, James 3:14
  • Leader Notes
    • When you put on Jesus you put away earthly wisdom.
    • We love the outcome and God loves the process. God wants to build character in the process. 
    • When we pray we put to bed the illusion that politics will solve all of our problems.
  • Question for Reflection: Just because something is not wrong, it doesn’t mean it is wise according to heavenly wisdom. What is an example of earthly wisdom that I follow?

3. Heavenly wisdom is unique.

  • Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 2:6-10, James 3:17
  • Leader Notes
    • When we lack heavenly wisdom we choose to walk in and be motivated by self-centeredness. 
    • Gentleness is one of the by-products of heavenly wisdom that we need most desperately. 
    • Jesus was the least selfish person in the history of the world. Heavenly wisdom produces selflessness and not selfishness. God’s heavenly wisdom produces fruit that blesses all of the people around you. 
  • Question for reflection: When God changes your heart, he gives you new desires. Make a list of heavenly wisdom needs that you have right now. What does true heavenly wisdom look like in those decisions? 

Optional Follow-up Questions:

  • What makes you say that?
  • How do you feel about that?
  • How would you explain your answer to a non-Christian friend or neighbor?
  • Why did God design it to work that way? Why not just do (whatever else) instead?
  • What would you say to someone who disagrees with that?
  • Why do we really have to do it like that? Why can’t we just go (some other route) instead?