The Impact of Godly Fear
The purpose of the book of Proverbs is to find wisdom. We should all want wisdom because wisdom protects us, watches over us, exalts us, and honors us (Proverbs 4:5-8). Wisdom is not intellectual knowledge. What is wisdom?
- The skill to discern and live out the moral standards of Christ; as we live out these values, we impact our world.
FEAR produces WISDOM
If you have hung around churches long enough, you’ve probably heard the phrase, “fear is the beginning of wisdom.” But what exactly does that mean? The word “fear” has been used in various contexts to mean “respect, dread, terror and awe.” Here are three practical sources of wisdom: parents, the Bible, and relationship with God.
- Respect your parents’ as a treasure.
- Dread the idea of ignoring God’s instructions.
- Draw close to God in awesome wonder.
1. Compare the moral standards of Christ with the values of this world in the following areas: generosity vs. greed; hard worker vs. laziness; genuine manhood; encouragement vs. gossip; friendship vs. isolation; hating sin vs. accepting every lifestyle; trusting God vs. trusting self. Discuss what goals you have for this sermon series in the book of Proverbs.
2. How can you love and embrace wisdom (Proverbs 4:5-8)? As discussed in the sermon, the “logos” (translated “word”) in Jesus’ day was considered wisdom. Read John 1:1-14 and discuss how the logos-wisdom came to dwell among us. How is our ability to find Jesus the same as discovering wisdom?
3. Discuss the connection of Proverbs 10:27 and Ephesians 6:3. Why are we promised long life if we honor our parents?
Applying the Word to Life
4. When you are close to God, you become wise. When do you feel the “awe” of God and how can you place yourself in those situations consistently so that you gain wisdom?
5. Are you going against a moral standard of Christ right now in your life? How can you allow the terror of a holy God to grip you into fleeing from that sin?
6. When is the last time you’ve told your parents how much you respect their influence? Maybe you didn’t have godly parents, but if you did, and you gave them a difficult time growing up, will you sit down and write them a letter this week and send it to them? Tell them what you learned from them. Share with them what a blessing they were/are to you.