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The Wise & Foolish Builders

Wisdom
 

If any of you lack wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.
James 1:5

 

Overview

The parable of the wise and foolish builders comes at the end of the Sermon on the mount. While this is not necessarily intentional it is also an incredibly good summary of what it looks like to follow Jesus teaching, to follow Jesus himself and build your life upon his words, actions and friendship.

The analogy of building on sand and rock is slightly satirical because it was an obvious building error. This parallel that people should build their lives on rock, is almost mocking the obvious error people make building on sand!

Which rock Jesus is referring to is ambiguous, it could be Himself, Paul or even the truth of the Gospel. Regardless, the picture is clear to all listeners, that the wisest thing anyone can do is to build their lives on faith in Jesus, and not on the worldly things that so easily shift and change.

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1. Wisdom is making good choices.

2. Jesus was the wisest of all!

KEY TEACHING POINTS

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1. Wisdom is using our knowledge of God to make good choices.

2. Building our life on Jesus is wise.

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1. Wisdom is living out and applying our knowledge of God.

2. The foundations you lay will define your life.

AGE APPROPRIATE ADAPTATIONS

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For the age of the children in Mini Church you will not need to adapt the story to make it appropriate to the listeners.

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For the age of the children in Kids Church you will not need to adapt the story to make it appropriate to the listeners. 

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