Posts Tagged ‘Wisdom’

Don’t Waste Your Youth

Posted: February 28, 2018 by keystoneyouth in Ecclesiastes Lessons
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Attention Funnel: Things that Make Me Feel Old/ Video of Couple Who sees what they will look like when they are older.

Introduction:

  • This is our last week in Ecclesiastes. We’re going to take one last look into this book written by Solomon and hopefully see some of the same themes we’ve already hit on throughout this series.
  • Tonight, Solomon is going to point us to look ahead to the day when our bodies are old and spent. And his goal in doing this is to remind us, “You’re only young once, so don’t waste your youth.”

 Big Idea: Spend your youth wisely.

 Passage: Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8; 12:13

Main Points:

  • We are all on a path to wheelchairs and walkers.
  • Youth is like money you can’t save.
  • Growing old can be filled with joy instead of regret.

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Attention Funnel: Equations

 Introduction:

  • We want life to be like an equation – something that we can always figure out and make sense of.
  • We often have this expectation that if I live with wisdom and in obedience to God, then my life will go well. We might even accept this as a rule.
  • I want to talk tonight about how Ecclesiastes presents us with some exceptions to the rule.
    • I before E…except after C…or when it sounds like “A”… or in the case of the word “science.”
    • Proverbs tells us that in general if you live a wise life and obey God, things will go well for you.
    • But Ecclesiastes points out that there are exceptions.
  • Life in this world doesn’t always add up. Life in this world doesn’t always make sense.

Big Idea: Life in this world doesn’t always make sense.

 Passage: Ecclesiastes 2:12-17; 3:16-4:3

  • There are things in the passage we read that should shock us. There are things we read that we don’t expect to find in the Bible.
  • It’s as if we walked into Chick-Fil-A, ordered our favorite sandwich, and told the employee thank-you, only to have him respond, “I hate my job.”
  • Can you say that? Are you allowed to be in here?
  • That is how we should feel when we read Solomon’s words.

Main Points:

  • Wisdom doesn’t always produce the results that we want.
  • People are often treated unfairly in this life.
  • There is an appropriate hatred for this life.
  • Hope: God judges everything AND he treats me like I don’t deserve.

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Let’s Be Clear

Posted: February 27, 2016 by keystoneyouth in Fusion Lessons
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Attention Funnel: Top 15 Odd Warning Signs

 Introduction:

  • Last week we talked about marriage. And we just shortly mentioned sex in that lesson. I said that marriage is the only safe place for sex because it the only relationship that is protected by a covenant.
  • This week we’re going talk more about sex. I want to be clear about the dangers and the foolishness of sex outside of marriage while at the same time celebrating sex within marriage and putting it in it’s proper place.
  • We are going to look first at a passage from Proverbs tonight that actually does this exact thing.
  • Much of Proverbs is a book written from the perspective of a father to a son (but we could also include daughter in there). It is not just meant to be for men but also for women.
  • The son seems to be just on the verge of adulthood. Some commentators think the son is in his mid to late teens.
  • The father is talking to this teenage son (and daughter) and he is encouraging him to pursue wisdom and turn away from foolishness.
  • He’s offering two paths of life – wisdom or foolishness, good or false good.
  • In Proverbs 5, the father is addressing the issue of sex..
  • The Father warns us about the foolishness of sex outside of marriage while highlighting the wisdom that confines sex to within marriage and celebrates the gift that it is.

Big Idea: Sex is a good gift from God.

Passage: Proverbs 5; John 4:10-18; Isaiah 1:18

Main Points:

  • Sex outside of marriage is dressed in lies and followed by consequences.
  • Sex within marriage should be celebrated and enjoyed.
  • Sex is good, but sex is not God.
  • Hope: In Christ, there are NO damaged goods.

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Decisions, Decisions!

Posted: February 5, 2015 by keystoneyouth in Infection Lessons
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Infection: Lesson #3

Decisions, Decisions!

Attention Funnel: 3 Youtube Videos of Bad Decisions 

Big Idea: Wisdom helps us make good decisions.

Introduction: We may have many different ideas of what wisdom looks like or what it means to be wise.

  • Examples: Highest IQ, Best grade point average, most street starts, quickest comebacks, or perhaps you think of fictional examples – Gandalf, Dumbledore, etc.
  • Perhaps one of the quickest things that comes into your mind when you hear the word wisdom is Solomon.
  • The Bible contains a great story of God appearing to Solomon in a dream and saying to Solomon, “Ask what for what you want… and I will give it too you.”
  • Instead of asking for long life, riches, or victory over his enemies, Solomon asks for wisdom… Why?
  • Because Solomon understand that his responsibility in leading the nation of Israel is great – “who is able to govern this your great people.”
  • Solomon realizes that leaders and those who have influence need wisdom.
  • So God grants Solomon his desire and Solomon’s wisdom becomes infamous throughout the world and throughout history… and he goes on to write a book all about wisdom – which we have in our Bibles – Proverbs.
  • We’re going to look at the introduction of Proverbs tonight.
  • 3 Questions I hope to answer – What is wisdom? Why does it matter? How do we find wisdom?

Main Passage: Proverbs 1:1-7

Supplementary Passages: Mark 4:35-41; Galatians 2:11-13: Matt 12:42; Col. 2:3; 2 Tim. 3:15 James 1:5

Main Points:

  • Define: Wisdom is living a life that understands who God is and who we are.
  • Importance: Fear directs our decisions.
  • Find: We find wisdom in knowing Jesus.

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