Shalom from Generation to Generation – Deric Bartlett


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This week, Pastor Deric continues the series ‘Shalom’ with a message titled ‘Shalom from Generation to Generation’ based on Proverbs 3-1-12.
 
  1. Keep it RELATIONAL
  2. Keep it BIBLICAL
  3. Keep it BALANCED
  4. Keep it PROMISING
  5. Keep it FOCUSED

 

ICEBREAKER:

Share a favourite story about your mother, or an important lesson she directly or indirectly taught you.

1. The book of Proverbs is not a collection of guaranteed promises. Rather, it contains wise observations of life that are generally true from a divine and eternal perspective. So, according to Proverbs 3:1-2, when people obey God’s Word, what three benefits often result [cf. Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Psalm 91:14-16; Psalm 119:165; and 1 Peter 3:8-12]?

2. If people are characterized by “steadfast love” and “faithfulness” in all their thoughts, words and deeds, how likely is it that they will relate well to God and others [Proverbs 3:3-4]? Why or why not [cf. Deuteronomy 11:18-23; Psalm 85:10-13; and Micah 6:6-8]?

3. Why is it wise to trust the Lord rather than our own understanding [Proverbs 3:5]? What does it look like to acknowledge the Lord in all our ways [Proverbs 3:6]? Consult also Jeremiah 9:23-24; Jeremiah 17:7-8; Romans 12:16; and 2 Timothy 3:15 for more insights.

4. Do you think there is a correlation between fearing the Lord, and physical and spiritual wellness [Proverbs 3:7-8]? If so, what is it? If you think there is no correlation, why not [cf. Proverbs 3:13-18; Proverbs 26:12; Ecclesiastes 12:13-14]?

5. Proverbs 3:9-10 uses a beautiful word picture to convey God’s blessing for those who put Him first in all aspects of life. What might this blessing look like today [cf. Malachi 3:8-12; Luke 6:38; Luke 14:12-14; and 1 John 3:17-18]?

6. What are the physical and spiritual benefits of discipline [Proverbs 3:11-12]? Consider also Deuteronomy 8:5; John 15:2; and Hebrews 12:5-11 in your ponderings.

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” (Corrie Ten Boom)