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26TH April 2020

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Wisdom...

What is Wisdom?

Can you explain what it means to be wise?
What would a wise person look like?
How would they behave?

Have a quick discussion with whoever is with you.
What do you all think?

We'll come back to that question later but first...
Let's worship God.

WORSHIP

Love God

Do you have your God suit on?

WORd

Now read this story Jesus told in the Bible:

The Two House Builders

24 “So then, anyone who hears these words of mine and obeys
them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. 25 The rain
poured down, the rivers flooded over, and the wind blew hard
against that house. But it did not fall, because it was built on rock.

26 “But anyone who hears these words of mine and does not obey
them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain
poured down, the rivers flooded over, the wind blew hard against
that house, and it fell. And what a terrible fall that was!”

Matthew 7:24-27 (GNT)

Let's watch the video together:

What is Wisdom?

Do you remember that we asked this question right at the beginning of our time together?

You probably know that the OPPOSITE of wisdom is foolishness:

Think about what everybody is being told at the moment:

STAY AT HOME!

Would we be wise if we went outside every day, playing with our
friends and going to the shops?

NO!

That would be foolish!

I'm sure that you are all being wise and following the instructions that we have been given.

 

But, what does being wise mean if we are Christians, if we are
followers of Jesus?

Clearly, we still need to follow the advice and instructions that we get from the government and our parents but Jesus asks us to do more than that.

In the story (or parable) that Jesus told,

 

What was the difference between the two men?

What did one do, that the other didn't?

One man built his house on the rock and Jesus says he was being
wise because he was obeying instructions. The second man built his house on the sand and he was being foolish because he chose to disobey instructions.

Jesus is explaining to us that we choose to either be like the wise
man or like the foolish man. When we hear Jesus' words we choose whether to obey them or not. If we choose to OBEY them we are being wise but if we choose to DISOBEY them we are being foolish. I know what I would rather be!

The apostle Paul tells us that we (the church) are "God's wisdom"
and by being wise, we are showing the world what God is like. Wow! Isn't that amazing?! God is using our church (that's you and me) to show everybody around us what God's wisdom looks like.
Sometimes, people who don't know God think they are being wise
when actually they are doing things that disobey God.
We can "be God's wisdom" to the world by doing the things he tells
us to do.

So, we have a choice, either to OBEY or DISOBEY Jesus, either tobe WISE or FOOLISH.


I think we now have enough information to answer that question, do you?

Wisdom  =  Hearing  +  Doing

Jesus tells us that to be truly wise we need to hear but also do.
Hearing is easy, most of us can do that without any problem but doing is harder.

If we are wise, we will listen and then do what we are told to do.

If we are foolish, we will listen but choose to do our own thing instead

In this next video you decide whether Rich is being wise or foolish?

baking with rich

I think you will agree, that Rich was rather foolish. He heard the instructions and recipe from Pauline but then he decided to do hisown thing instead and it all went badly wrong.
Oh dear!

So, now we can think about the many things that Jesus told us we should do.  

Can you remember any?

Well, what about the first worship song we sung earlier? It said we should "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, with all your strength". We can all try todo that can't we?

Here's another:
"Love your neighbour as yourself"
Mmm... how could we do that?

I know. You could think of somebody you know who might be feeling a bit sad or lonely at the moment and make them a card or a lovelypainting or colouring. Then, you can ask Mum or dad to take a photo of it and email to them with a special message from you!

To Finish.....

Jesus knows what is best for us and He gives us instructions so that we can be wise.

When we do what Jesus asks us to do, we show the
world what God is like. We can "be God's wisdom" to the world.

It has been great having you with us this morning. Have a great weekand we'll see you next Sunday.

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