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"Getting Your Own Attention"

June 11, 2017 Series: Shock & Awe: The Year of the Bible 2017

June 11th, 2017

Key Passage: Selected Proverbs

1. What is listening?
The art of receiving essential wisdom from God, Proverbs 2:6; 3:5-8; Psalm 119:130; John 14:21; Acts 8:35; James 1:21.

2. What are the results of listening?
A. Wise behavior, Proverbs 1:3.
B. You are guarded and shielded by God, Proverbs 2:7-8.
C. Serenity of soul, Proverbs 2:10; 14:30.
D. Long, peaceful, life, Proverbs 3:2.
E. Wealth, Proverbs 3:10.
F. Sleep, Proverbs 3:24.
G. Confidence, Proverbs 3:26; 14:26.
H. Peace with enemies, Proverbs 16:7.
I. Prayers are heard and answered by God, Proverbs 15:39.

3. What happens to the non-listener, the fool? Proverbs 28:26.
A. God scoffs at and curses them, Proverbs 3:33-35.
B. They are stupid, Proverbs 12:1.
C. They live in their own world, Proverbs 18:2.
D. Cause strife, Proverbs 13:10; 17:4, 12, 16.
E. Death is their lot, Proverbs 13:14.
F. Despair, calamity, dread: they come to a point of no return, Proverbs 1:24-33; 29:1.
G. The wise avoid them, Proverbs 23:9.
H. They are an ox to the slaughter, Proverbs 7:21-23.

4. How can I be a good listener?
A. Humbly hear the Word of God, Proverbs 1:1-6; 16:20; 22:4; John 5:39; Colossians 2:2-3.
B. Connect with wise, honest people, Proverbs 12:1; 13:20; 1 Peter 5:5.
C. Get rooted in the local church, Proverbs 1:1; Hebrews 3:12-13; 10:24-25.

     “The moment we are rooted in a place, the place vanishes. We live like a tree with the whole strength of the universe…. The truth is that exploration and enlargement make the world smaller. The telegraph and the steamboat make the world smaller. The telescope makes the world smaller; it is only the microscope that makes it larger.” G.K. Chesterton

D. Listen to your teachers, Proverbs 1:1; 6:20-23; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 12:29; Titus 1:5-13.
E. Plead with and ask God for wisdom, Proverbs 2:2-3.
F. Be aggressively attentive, Proverbs 2:1-12; 4:1; 5:1; 2 Timothy 2:6; Isaiah 1:18; Daniel 10:12.
G. Go with the family, Proverbs 6:20-23; Proverbs 15:5. Observe your own generational patterns, Proverbs 4:1-4.
H. Observe the discipline of others, Proverbs 6:6-8.
I. Lean in to wisdom with your life, incline your heart, Proverbs 2:2; 4:20; 5:1.
J. The fear of God comes first, Proverbs 1:7; 8:13; 9:10; 15:33; Colossians 2:2-3.

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