The Ridge Church
The Problem with Wisdom
Bible Study Outline for 9:00 am March 17, 2019.
Locations & Times
  • The Ridge Church
    7350 Old Hwy 13, Carbondale, IL 62901, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 9:00 AM
Finding Meaning: Wisdom from Ecclesiastes

Session 1: When Life Feels Empty
Ecclesiastes 1:1-14
Session 2: The Problem with Pleasure
Ecclesiastes 2:1-11
Session 3: The Problem with Wisdom
Ecclesiastes 2 :12-17; 7:23-29
Session 4: The Problem with Work
Ecclesiastes 2:18-23; 3:9-13
Session 5: The Problem with Wealth
Ecclesiastes 5:10-20
Session 6: Full Contentment
Ecclesiastes 11:7-10; 12:12-14

The Point

Wisdom is grounded in trust in God.
The Bible Meets Life

From the earliest age, we were taught the value of education—and not just “book smarts,” but “street smarts” also. No matter how much we know, the greater value is in knowing how to apply and live out what we know. Solomon certainly was wise—and he gave us much wisdom in the Book of Proverbs—but he knew that wisdom by itself is not enough. The greatest wisdom comes in trusting God.
The Setting

While Solomon gained incredible wealth, he is best known for his amazing wisdom. In 1 Kings 3, God appeared to Solomon and offered him anything he wanted. Solomon chose wisdom. So, God answered his request, giving Solomon a “wise and understanding heart, so that there has never been anyone like you before and never will be again” (1 Kings 3:12). When Solomon began searching for purpose in wisdom, his insights and conclusions carried a great deal of weight. In a world mired in foolishness, we need to grasp the advantages—and limitations—of wisdom.
Who do you count on to be a consistent source of wisdom?
What are some examples of practical wisdom in our culture?
When have you found human wisdom to be limited?
How does godly wisdom help us resist the pursuit of ‘many schemes’?

What strategies can we employ to pursue godly wisdom?
Live It Out

Consider God’s good creation. On a clear night this week, go outside and look up at the stars. Read Genesis 1 and Psalm 8, and thank God for His wise, creative, and powerful work.

Memorize Proverbs 3:5-6. As you go through the week, think of ways you can pursue God and trust in His wisdom, rather than relying on yourself.

Have a conversation. Spend time with an unbelieving friend, and ask that person how he or she might explain the problems in the world and the nature of sin and evil. As you listen without judging, pray and seek the opportunity to share the gospel and the wisdom of God.
Wrap It Up

With all the information available to us, it’s easy to lean on our own wisdom. Instead, let us pursue God and the wisdom He offers. That’s the only wisdom worth possessing.