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Word To The Wise

Wise Relationships | Week 4

May 14, 2023 | By Jim Burgen

Through a very flawed system and through very flawed people, God is still able to do and accomplish all that he sets out to do.


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Who You Say I Am By Hillsong Worship Available on “There is More” from Hillsong Church

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Living Hope By Phil Wickham Available on "Living Hope" from Phil Wickham

Group questions

// Bible References
Matt 19:4-6; Genesis 5:1-3, Ephesians 6:1-3; Exodus 20:12; Proverbs 21:9,19; 27:15-16, 30:21-24

// Community Question
What do you think of the truth/reality found throughout the Bible and summed up by the phrase “Through a very flawed system and through very flawed people, God is still able to do and accomplish all that he sets out to do? How would knowing this truth affect the way we pursue God and live our lives?

// Discussion Questions

  1. The message encourages flawed individuals to do their best in a flawed world and reminds listeners that, through God, anything is possible. How can we learn to navigate a flawed world with the help of God's guidance? What are some specific challenges in your life that you can turn to God for guidance and empowerment?
  2. Read Matthew 19:4-6. In this passage Jesus paints a portrait of marriage that can reflect God and His traits of Love and Respect when He is at the spiritual center of it. How could striving to reflect God by truly loving and respecting our spouse impact our family, friends, and co-workers? If you are not married, how could putting God first change your relationships with others?
  3. Read Genesis 5:1-3. This passage illustrates that Seth was born in the image and likeness of Adam. Why is it important for parents to model a correct image of God to their children? In what areas of your life can you improve your relationship with God to better reflect His image to your family and those around you?
  4. Read Ephesians 6:1-3 and Exodus 20:12. The fifth commandment instructs children to obey and honor their parents, and it is the first commandment with a promise of a long and prosperous life. In what ways can you work on obeying and honoring your parents or parental figures in your own life, even if they are not perfect?

// Challenge

Jim highlights the value of husbands and children doing their share to show love and appreciation to women and says even the smallest acts of love and appreciation can mean a lot. What personal gestures can you do this week and going forward, to express your love and gratitude to the significant women in your life?

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