Christlife Posture: Trusting God's Wisdom

Topic: Who Determines What is Best? 

 

Suggested Approach: Choose 1 thing from each of the three boxes

OR Choose 1 from Media or Reflection + 1 from Scripture 

Media Excursions (Watch/read/listen and be ready to discuss Q's)

Still Image

  • Protest Song (Gor Chahal) This image depicts Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (Daniel 3).  How does the idea of “what is best” play out in the story of these 3 men and the will of Nebuchadnezzar? What strikes you most about this depiction?

Video Clip

  • More Coke (One Time Blind) When do you find you're trying to determine what is best through comparison?  What do you think the last line of this video means? What does it mean for you?

  • Testimony: Ryan Ries (I Am Second) This story explains how Ryan experimented with all sorts of pleasure seeking activities. How did Ryan learn what was best for his life?

Song

  • Blessings (Laura Story) How does this song question what might be best for us? What stood out for you in the lyrics regarding to how to understand what is best?

Articles 

Online Teaching

  • Lifestyle (Freedom Church) How does this video address “what is best”? Do you think there is a natural order to discovering what is truly best for our lives?  Why would God use consequences to teach us about His best?

Reflection Options  

Journal  (reflect on one or more of these questions)

  • Read through a few of these 10 Moral Dilemmas.  Choose one and journal your response to it.  What principles did you use to make your choice?  What scriptures came to mind to direct you to the best decision?

  • How do you imagine Jesus or Paul made decisions? What kinds of principles drove their decisions?  What tends to drive your decision making?

Quote Interaction (Interact by agreeing, disagreeing or otherwise engaging with the quote/quotes)

  • If knowledge is the accumulation of facts, intelligence the development of reason, wisdom is heavenly discernment. It is insight into the heart of things. Wisdom involves knowing God and the subtleties of the human heart. More than knowledge, it is the right application of knowledge in moral and spiritual matters, in handling dilemmas, in negotiating complex relationships. (Oswald Sanders)

  • People only have true understanding (wisdom) when they look at everything from God’s perspective. Authentic wisdom begins when we understand that God is to be the object of our devotion, our adoration, and our reverence (Psalm 111:6). (R.C. Sproul)

  • Where there is no “moral gravity” – that is, no force that draws us to the center – there is spiritual weightlessness. We float on feelings that will carry us where we never meant to go; we bubble with emotional experiences that we often take for spiritual ones; and we are puffed up with pride. Instead of seriousness, there is foolishness. Instead of gravity, flippancy. Sentimentality takes the place of theology. Our reference point will never serve to keep our feet on solid rock, for our reference point, until we answer God’s call, is merely ourselves. We cannot possibly tell which end is up. Paul calls them fools who “…measure themselves by themselves, to find in themselves their own standard of comparison!” (Elisabeth Elliot)

  • The moral absolutes rest upon God’s character. The moral commands He has given to men are an expression of His character. Men as created in His image are to live by choice on the basis of what God is. The standards of morality are determined by what conforms to His character, while those things which do not conform are immoral. (Francis Schaeffer)

Reading & Reflection from the book, Shaping The Journey of Emerging Adults

  • Read “A Simple Vision for Maturity” (pp. 59-60). According to this section, where does the ability to know what is best come from? Which of the areas where maturity cannot be wholly found have been places you have relied upon to determine what is best?

  • Read “Explore the young adult’s expectations for living the Christlife” (pp. 136-137).  Take some time to explore your own expectations. What drives and demotivates you? How does that affect how you determine what is best?

  • Read “Biblical Vision, Guidance and Support” (pp. 171-173). Do you have a grasp of what might be God’s vision for your sexuality? What is it that you understand to be His best design for you there?

 Explore Scripture

Meditate on one or more of the following passages. Always look them up in context.  Take some time to really explore the verse in relation to this topic.  How is what is best or determining what is best talked about in these scriptures?  Make a note of what you discover to share later.  See "Learn More About Ways to Study Scripture" below for help in getting the most out of the verse.

  • Proverbs 8:19

  • Isaiah 51:4

  • Jeremiah 29:11-13

  • Micah 6:8

  • Luke 10:42

  • John 3:19

  • Romans 2:18

  • Romans 9:20-23

  • I Corinthians 13:4-13

  • Gal. 5:22-23

  • Philippians 1:9-10

  • Philippians 4:8

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:21-22

  • Hebrews 13:8