Sermon Notes 8/23


Today’s sermon was entitled “With a Little Help From My Friends” and was based on Proverbs 1:5. This was a continuation of the sermon series by Andy Stanley called “The Best Question Ever”. Before I get to this weeks notes, a quick “heads up” that there won’t be any sermon notes from me next week. Heather and I are crazy enough to be running in the Spirit of Columbus Half Marathon next Sunday morning and sadly, will miss church. There has to be an easier way to skip church than running 13.1 miles!!!


1. Wise people know when they don’t know..and they are not afraid to go to those who know.

A wise man will hear and increase in learning, and a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel. (Proverbs 1:5 NASB)

The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but a wise man is he who listens to counsel. (Proverbs 12:15)

2. Many, if not most, of the decisions that you make privately and independently will become public knowledge)

3. Many, if not most, of the decisions that you make privately and independently are judged by the people around you.

4. Many, if not most, of the decisions that you make privately and independently affect other people.

if the results of those decisions are going to be known publicly, are going to be judged publicly, and are going to affect other people then why not get other people in on the decision making process before the decision is made because it is not going to be a secret after the decision is made.

5. Wise people do not make big decisions independent of counsel.

Three reasons why we need help from our friends (Genesis 41):

1. No one is so successful that he/she no longer needs wise counsel.

2. You will never reach your full potential without utilizing the wisdom of others.

3. Wise counsel may come from the most unlikely sources.

My Notes:

“Even Tiger Woods has a coach”

“Parents, sometimes the most unlikely source for counsel comes from your kids”


I can honestly say that I am a living breathing example of the principle of getting wise counsel. In saying that I am not bragging. I’m actually admitting that I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer. However, I have been blessed to know amazing people. People that, when asked, are more than willing to offer wisdom and advice. The day I forget that, or think I don’t need others counsel or wisdom would be a sad, sad day.

I have received a few requests so I thought I would post the link where you can purchase a copy of this series from Andy Stanley. I encourage any one that reads this to order a copy. It will help you in your decision process and that of those in your home. It might even save you from making a poor decision in the future by asking one simple question. “Is it the WISE thing to do”?

You can order a DVD copy for yourself (HERE)

YOUR TURN: What were they preaching at your church on Sunday?

2 thoughts on “Sermon Notes 8/23

  1. The core of the message was that sometimes what works for others in the past might not work for us now or in the future. For example, consider what Abraham did when he took his son Issac to sacrifice Him. Abraham got up early in the morning and took the firewood and fire from his own home for the sacrifice. But, when the sons of Aaron did the same thing in Leviticus 10 : 1, it brought about their own death.

    Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, contrary to his command.

    In the same way we can see that sometimes what was right in the past in our own lives might not always be the best thing to do. For example, Moses was commanded to hit a rock to bring forth water and He did so, but the second time He was only told to command to the rock. Moses did not give much attention and He just did the same thing he had done the last time he encountered such a situation. God looked at this as disobedience and punished Moses. This was one of the reasons why Moses never entered Canaan – The promised land.

    In our lives, we might have certain misconceptions about how God works which lead to our disobedience against God rather than obedience. This is a very important aspect of Christian life and we should never give more importance to our past experiences than the actual command of God.

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