Big Idea: Making wise choices is largely dependent on heeding wise counsel.
Since the beginning of time, man has wrestled with decision-making. Ancient cultures employed what they thought to be the divine wisdom of oracles, seers, and mages. Even people in modern cultures still consider the advice of medicine men, witch doctors, and mediums before making important decisions. The question “What should I do?” has been asked since the beginning of time. The president has a chief of staff that he consults before history-altering decisions. The boss of the mafia has a consigliore that advises him on business matters. And many of us have trusted friends that we would never make a decision before asking for their advice.
But the questions still remain. How do we go about making a wise choice? Who should we go to for wise counsel? When seeking wisdom, where should we look? James advises us to seek the wisdom that comes from heaven (James 3:17). And Jesus imparts us with that wisdom in his Sermon on the Mount (found at Matthew 5 – 7). In this sermon, he touches on a range of subjects from anxiety to handling money. In the seventh chapter, Jesus wraps up his teaching by explaining that the one who listens to his teachings is like a man who built a house upon a rock, but the one who doesn’t listen is like a man who built his house upon sand.
Day 1: Matthew 6: 16 – 24
Day 2: Matthew 6: 25 – 34
Day 3: Matthew 7: 24 – 27
Questions for Discussion
- Read James 3:14 – 17
- What is the difference between earthly wisdom and heavenly wisdom?
- Where can we get “wisdom from above”?
- Why are Life Groups important when it comes to making wise choices?
- What are some ways that we can help one another make wise choices?
- Why is it difficult to apply the wisdom that God has given us in the Bible?
Have each person in the group talk about an important decision that they are facing and, as a group, talk about what the wise choice and counsel one another through the decision.