Lean into the Better Way - Outline
January 26, 2020
The power of listening.
1. Listening brings __________________________.
but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” (Proverbs 1:33, NIV)
2. Listening brings __________________.
“And so, my children, listen to me, for all who follow my ways are joyful. Listen to my instruction and be wise. (Proverbs 8:32, NLT)
3. Listening brings __________________________.
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. (Proverbs 19:20, NIV)
The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice. (Proverbs 12:15, NIV)
The “Better Way”.
There is a difference between ______________________wisdom and ______________________ wisdom.
1. The better way of _________________ and ___________________.
Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city. (Proverbs 16:32, NLT)
Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city. (Proverbs 16:32, NIV)
A warrior has learned to conquer _____________________.
A patient person has learned to conquer ____________________.
2. The better way of ________________________.
Don’t demand an audience with the king or push for a place among the great. It’s better to wait for an invitation to the head table than to be sent away in public disgrace. (Proverbs 25:6–7a, NLT)
Better to ______________________________ notice you than to _______________________________ notice you.
3. The better way of ___________________________.
A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than steak with someone you hate. (Proverbs 15:17, NLT)
You can be _________________________________in some areas of your life but if you have a couple of people ________________ ____________ then you are rich.
Better a dry crust eaten in peace than a house filled with feasting—and conflict. (Proverbs 17:1, NLT)
A deeper study for individuals and small groups
Read Proverbs 3:13-14.
What two things does Solomon contrast in these verses?
What does he say about them?
Why is wisdom better the better way?
Can you think of a story from your life that illustrates this?
Share it with the group.
Read Proverbs 12:9; 16:19; 15:7.
What two qualities do these verses contrast?
Think about a time in your life when humility was difficult and didn’t seem to create a benefit for you. How did you respond at the time?
When you look back on your life can you see how humility was a benefit to you?
If you could re-word these into one proverb of your own, what would you say? How would you word it?
Read Proverbs 15:16; 17:1; 8:16.
What is being contrasted here?
What is the value in finding contentment?
Can you think of a time in your life where you were discontent, and it led to trouble?
Can you think of a time when you were content, and it led to something good?
Read Proverbs 19:1; 19:22; 22:1; 28:6.
These verses all talk about integrity or honesty in some way.
What four things is integrity / honesty contrasted with in these verses?
Think about some possible ways you can apply these verses into your life? Is there a situation you are facing right now where these ideas might apply?