Raising Royalty, July 1-7

Proverbs 3:1-12

Message Outline

Then: King Solomon addressing his princely son(s)

Now: timeless principles to apply in our lives

Remember your lessons, for the sake of a long and wholesome life. (1-2)
Wear your godly blin-bling, for the sake of gaining the honor of God and man. (3-4)
Lean on God completely because His way leads to true happiness. (5-6)
Avoid arrogance, for the sake of your health. (7-8)
Write your first check to God, for the sake of your future blessing. (9-10)
When you fail don’t reject God’s discipline because he uses it to transform you into his likeness. (11-12)

 

Group Discussion Questions

  1. Read Proverbs 3:1-2. King Solomon admonishes his princely son to “not forget my teachings.” Can you think of the possible lessons that King Solomon would have taught his princely sons? Spend some time scanning the book of Proverbs and highlight some of the powerful lessons found there. Possibly, have each one in the group pick a proverb to read out loud and share it with the group.
  2. We all want favor and good success in the sight of others. According to King Solomon, what two characteristics are the key to a good reputation? How does one live out these two characteristics in our daily walk (verses 3-4)?
  3. King Solomon says that only God can make our path straight if we trust him with all our hearts. How does one trust in the Lord? Why is at times easier to trust people and things instead of God (verses 5-6)?
  4. John Maxwell once said that most people don’t fall into sin when they are busy climbing the mountain, it’s when they reach the pinnacle, the top of the mountain, that most people fall into sin. Why? How does one avoid and protect their heart from arrogance? What does it mean to fear the Lord (verses 7-8)?
  5. Read 1 Kings 3:13. What does this text say about King Solomon? Now read Proverbs 3:9-10. Why is King Solomon admonishing his princely sons to honor God with their money? Why do you think that money is God’s greatest competition and threat for the loyalty of our hearts?
  6. Read Proverbs 3:11-12. We all fail, young and old alike. At times it is very difficult to believe that the God who loves us will also send hardship and testing into our lives. According to Hebrews 12:5-6, what is God’s desired outcome of hardship and testing in our lives? How does one cultivate an attitude open to correction?
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