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?