Arrive at the Syncrude Sport and Wellness Centre where we’ve rented half a turf field. Then transportation is provided to NorthLife Church for pizza and drinks. This dodgeball and pizza event is free for all students.
Afterwards students are invited to attend a concert by Canadian GMA award-winning band, The Color. This event is open to the community and people of all ages. Concert tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Follow the link below to like and share the Facebook page which includes event information and directions for purchasing tickets:
FREE TICKETS are available for students who want to bring a friend!
Contact Pastor Asa: 780-804-0341 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Session Seven | James 3:13-18
Big Idea: True wisdom comes from God, and it leads to peace and righteousness.
Key Verses: “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:17-18
We live in a world full of strong opinions and constant claims of knowing the facts. But is there a difference between intelligence and wisdom? The bible seems to indicate that there is. The word “wisdom” is not used very much these days. According to the bible, wisdom is the ability to combine knowledge with appropriate action. A wise person doesn’t just know everything, but he or she also lives accordingly. The words and actions of a wise person reflect a closeness to and understanding of who God is, in a way that sets them apart from all of the smart, talented, achievement-oriented people.
“Wisdom is the ability to combine knowledge with appropriate action.”
In the third chapter of the book of James, we are urged to distinguish between worldly wisdom and wisdom that comes from God. Some of the key signs of worldly wisdom include jealousy, selfishness, division, and favouritism. Some of the key signs of wisdom from God, on the other hand, include purity, peace, gentleness, humility, mercy, kindness, love, and sincerity. Those who claim to be wise must reflect on the fruit of such wisdom: does your wisdom lead to godly outcomes for yourself and those around you?
“Christians are called to be peacemakers.”
Christians are called by God to be peacemakers. If we are truly wise, we will seek to make peace wherever we go, and this will lead to a “harvest of righteousness.” Imagine that! More and more people will be blessed and make decisions to follow Jesus when we strive to display the wisdom that only God gives us when we ask him for it!
Live It Out
- Prayer: James 1:5 invites us to ask God for wisdom. As Francis Chan suggested in the video, “Say, ‘God, I’ve been pursuing success, I’ve been pursuing riches, I’ve been pursuing knowledge but I see in Scripture now wisdom is what you value and it should be what I value…Give me the wisdom I need to navigate this life in a way that honors you.'”
- Memorization: Learn the Beatitudes from Matthew 5:3-10. Or at least create some mnemonic way to remember the eight qualities that Jesus describes there.
- Study: Do a computer (or concordance) word search through the Bible for “wisdom” and/or “wise.” Pick ten verses from different books (not all from Proverbs) and study them.
- Honour: Do something to honour a person whose wisdom you have been blessed by. If the person is still living, thank them by telling them what they have taught you. If they have passed, then thank God for them, and find some way to commemorate their effect on your life.
- Evaluation: Do this with a kind, humble heart. Name the 5 to 8 opinion leaders in your life – people in church, school, or work, the media, etc. – whose ideas you regularly pay attention to. Based on the teaching in James 3:13-18, do you feel these people are speaking God’s wisdom into your life? This is not an invitation to pride, criticism, or a divisive spirit on your part – just a way to check your regular input with the descriptions of heavenly wisdom we learned today.