Weekly Study Questions

Luke 6:46-49, "A Christian Response to the Election - Wisdom"

  1. From what you know already, how would you define wisdom?  What role does knowledge play in having and exercising wisdom?
  2. What can we learn about wisdom from the wise builder as well as the foolish builder?  What makes one wise and one foolish?  What did they both know and why do you think they made different decisions in the way they would build?
  3. In what way does Jesus question in verse 46 point to the very starting point of true wisdom.  Consider Psalm 111:10 and Proverbs 9:10.
  4. What is the difference between man's wisdom and God's wisdom?  Psalm 19:7-11; Jeremiah 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:18-20.
  5. Why is the one who hears Jesus words and acts on them like the wise builder?  Discuss the following equation "Knowledge + Action = Wisdom".  How was this equation true of the wise builder?  Cross Reference Matt. 7:24-27.
  6. In what way does "doing" address the qualifiers for receiving wisdom that we find in James 1:6-8?  What are the qualifiers?  Why are they important to receiving the needed wisdom?
  7. Where do we get the needed knowledge to make wise choices as followers of Jesus today? Consider the following -Word of God –Luke 6: 46; Psalm 19:9-11; Jeremiah 8:9; 2 Timothy 3:16,17; Teachers and family- 2 Timothy 3:12-16; 2Timothy 1:3-5; God – James 1:5-8; 1 Kings 3:9; Proverbs 3:5,6.
  8. What does it mean to be a "double minded man" in James 1:8?  What does a person like this struggle with when they are called upon to exercise wisdom and make a decision?  A moral decision?
  9. What are the reasons Jesus gives for people not exercising Godly wisdom? What are the reasons given in James 1:5-8?
  10. In what way do these same reasons challenge our ability to lay hold of the invitation to ask God for wisdom that is needed today? What does it mean that God gives freely and without reproach?
  11. Notice James says that if any person "lacks" wisdom they can ask. What does it mean to lack wisdom? 
  12. In what way is our need of additional wisdom associated with the testing of our faith in James 1:2-4?  Is there a faith/wisdom connection, and if so, what is it?
  13. Jesus seems to say in Luke 6: 46 – 49 that those that hear His words and act upon them have a firm foundation that is able to withstand any storm.  Discuss how the words of Jesus that are actually a part of our lives acts as a foundation for living and decision making?  All of Scripture?  Psalm 119:9,11.
  14. Take some time to examine Paul's words to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:12-17.  In what ways does what Paul is telling Timothy help us understand what it means to have a foundation that is based upon God's Word?
  15. What does it mean "to have learned and become convinced of" and how does that enable us to have the foundation for the wisdom needed for our daily lives?
  16. In what way do the convictions we have concerning God and His Word enable us exercise Godly wisdom?
  17. What have you learned?  Where has God spoken to you through His Word?  What are you going to do with what you now know?