1 Kings

Solomon: Wisdom.

Introduction / Review:

Wise Up About Wisdom (1 Kings 3:1-28):

  1. You have to know you Need it. (1 Kings 3:7)
  2. You have to know Where to get it. (1 Kings 3:9)

    James 1:5 - If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

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  1. You have to Apply it. (1 Kings 3:16-28)
  2. Proverbs 18:17 - The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him.

    Proverbs 18:13 - If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.

    Proverbs 12:13 - An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, but the righteous escapes from trouble.

Five Principles for Making Wise Decisions in "Grey Areas": (1 Corinthians 6-8-10)

  1. Is it Permissible ? (1 Cor 6:12)

    1 Cor 6:12 - "All things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be dominated by anything.

  2. Is it Beneficial ? (1 Cor 6:12)
  3. Is it free from possible Addiction ? (1 Cor 6:8-10)
  4. Is it free from causing a brother to Stumble ? (1 Cor 8:12-13)

    1 Cor 8:12-13 - Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.

  5. Is Glorifying to God? (1 Cor 10:31)

    1 Cor 10:31 - So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

    Prov 8:11 - ...wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her.

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Small Group Discussion

Read 1 Kings 3:7, 9, 16-28 (or just read the whole chapter if you want!)

  1. Define wisdom. How is it different than knowledge? Where does wisdom come from?

  2. Review the 1 Cor 6-8-10 Principle. What are the 5 questions to ask when seeking wisdom for a decision in a "grey area"?

  3. Come up with "grey area" scenarios, and as a group, evaluate the scenario using the 1 Cor 6-8-10 Principle.


What "grey area" have YOU personally struggled with? How does the 1 Corinthians 6-8-10 principle help you?