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Study for Week #9:

The Hateful Talebearer (Gossip)

Texts from Proverbs: 6:16, 19; 10:12 (How do we cover sins?); 11:9, 12 (Note the opposites here!), 13; 16:27, 28; 17:9; 18:8; 20:19; 25:9, 10, 23; 26:20

Questions to help “the word of Christ dwell in you richly:”

  1. In your own words, define gossip. (What are the biblical words for this sin?)
  2. Is it OK to say something about someone else as long as it’s true? Why or why not?
  3. Look up and read the Heidelberg Catechism on the ninth commandment. What’s the difference between backbiting and slander?
  4. What are the devastating effects of gossip?
  5. Why does the Lord hate gossip so much? (See 16:19.)
  6. What does it take to stop gossip in yourself? What does it take to stop gossip in others? (See also 25:23.) What if they continue?

 

Study for Week #10:

Prayer

Texts from Proverbs: 3:5, 6; 15:8, 29; 16:3; 28:9 (Discuss!), 13 (Discuss!)

Questions to help “the word of Christ dwell in you richly:”

  1. In your own words, define prayer.
  2. How can we ever be called upright or righteous in the sense of Prov. 15:8 or 15:29? (The proper answer to this question is necessary for the answers to all the rest of the questions and discussion.)
  3. What does it mean to “commit” something to the Lord? (Prov. 16:3, 3: 5, 6 and Psalm 37:5)
  4. How can we use our prayers to confess our sins?
  5. Based on the proverbs in this study, how would you summarize what it means to pray with wisdom?
  6. Think for a moment about your own prayers. How might you begin to pray more wisely?

 

Study for Week #11

Friendships

Texts from Proverbs: 16:28; 17:17; 18:24; 27:10, 17

Questions to help “the word of Christ dwell in you richly:”

  1. What is friendship? (Be careful in your definition.)
  2. What are the characteristics of Christ’s (God’s) friendship with us? (See Prov. 18:24, Jn. 15:15, Josh. 1:5. Contrast this with Mark 14:48-50.)
  3. What are the qualities or characteristics of good friendships?

Why are good friendships so desirable? (See also Eccl. 4:9-12.)

What does 27:17 say about the benefits of good friends? Explain this.

  1. What are the qualities or characteristics of bad friendships? What are the effects of bad friendships?

 

Study for Week #12:

Pride

Texts from Proverbs: 6:16, 17; 8:13; 11:2; 13:10; 14:3; 16:5, 18, 19; 17:19; 18:12; 21:4, 24; 25:6, 7, 27; 26:12; 28:25; 29:23; 30:32

Questions to help “the word of Christ dwell in you richly:”

  1. Define pride. (Be careful in your definition.) (Find the NT passages that teach about pride.)
  2. How does pride show itself in our lives as teens?
  3. What contributes to pride in our lives? (at school? looks? brains? sports? money?)
  4. What does a proud spirit do to friendships and relationships?
  5. What is the only cure for pride? (Can you make yourself humble?)