Sunday School Discussion Guide for September 1st & 8th


Starting a mini-series on discernible[1] wisdom (two weeks possible three)

Grounding Text: Colossians 1.9,28

These verses carry the idea of growing by obeying/walking with Jesus is His way of wisdom.

  • Colossians 1:9 (NIV)
    9  For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
  • Colossians 1:28 (NIV)
    28  We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.

Main Text: 1 Corinthians 2.12-16

Discerning sin/that which is not of God as we continue to grow in the Word/with Jesus.

  • 1 Corinthians 2:11-16 (NIV)
    11  For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
    12  We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
    13  This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.
    14  The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.
    15  The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:
    16  “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Outline:

  1. Our grounding text & connection with the Sermon on the Mount.
  1. The situation/contextual background of 1 Corinthians 2
  1. Discernible wisdom…between knowing what is sin/not of God and growing in the Word/with Jesus (with examples and practical application).

[1] transitive verb to see or notice something that is not very clear or obviousImage

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