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Introduction

Proverbs are nuggets of wisdom spoken in generalities. They are guidelines for wise living. Proverbs relate God-centered smarts and insights. Ignore them, and you will be foolish and ineffective. Follow them, and you will live in wisdom.

Discussion

Can you give any examples of what people try to do or say instead of admitting that they were wrong?

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SERIES TITLE: WISDOM FOR DUMMIES

SESSION THREE:CONFESSION

TEXT: PROVERBS 14:9

 

INTRODUCTION. Proverbs are nuggets of wisdom spoken in generalities. They are guidelines for wise living. Proverbs relate God-centered smarts and insights. Ignore them, and you will be foolish and ineffective. Follow them, and you will live in wisdom.

 

DISCUSSION. Can you give any examples of what people try to do or say instead of admitting that they were wrong?

 

EXAMINATION. v.9a What are some ways that people “mock” sin? Turn to Leviticus for a little background. Read 4:27-28. What kinds of sins could you be informed of later that were unintentional? See also Lev. 5:5-6. One reason this relates to Prov. 14:9 is because the word “sin” is the same one translated as “guilt offering” and “guilty” in Lev.4-5. How does this shape your understanding of the proverb? What does the word atonement mean? Look at Isaiah 53:10. “Guilt offering” is the same word translated “sin” in Prov. 14:9. How does this add to the understanding of what it means to mock sin? OT scholar R.K. Harrison points out that “before atonement could be made, confession was mandatory.” Does that tell you anything about how God deals with sin? v.9b What is the contrast or comparison being made between the foolish and wise in how they handle sin? Read Proverbs 28:13, Psalm 32:1-5, and 1 John 1:8-9 and discuss how they relate to this subject.

 

 

APPLICATION. WISDOM ADMITS AND DEALS WITH SIN

• What are some reasons we aren’t always quick to admit we were wrong?

• Are there times that sin demands more restitution than simply an apology? If so, what might the restitution be?

• How does the fact that Jesus paid the price of sin for all who believe impact our need to confess?

• How should we handle situations where we are only a little bit in the wrong and the other person is mostly responsible?

• How do you know that anything you confess to God is forgiven?

• What should you do if someone rejects your confession and your attempt to make things right?

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