Listen Up! Wise Up About Planning

Pastor David finishes off his summer sermon series through the book of Proverbs, talking about how to be wise with planning. Below we have the livestreamed service as well as the sermon audio.

Service Video

Sermon Audio


Printable Notes

The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
But the victory belongs to the Lord. (Prov.21:31)

1. ______________ YOUR PLANNING WITH THE __________

[Proverbs 3:5,6; 14:12; 16:3-4, 9 25, 32; 21:2]

Reverence for the Lord gives confidence and security to a man and his family.  (Proverbs 14:26)(GNT)

2. INVEST _______________ FOR PLANNING. 

(Proverbs 20:25; Proverbs 21:5)

  • Invest time in _________________  [Proverbs 15:14]

Zeal without knowledge is not good; a person who moves too quickly may go the wrong way. (Proverbs 19:2)

  • Invest time for ______________ (Prov. 14:15, 17:13-27; 22:3; 31:16, 21,25)
  • Always be ready to __________ an idea down
  • Give your subconscious time to ________________
  • Block time out of your _______________ to think
  • Invest time for _________________.

An intelligent person aims at wise action, but a fool starts off in many directions. (Proverbs 17:24)  (Mark 1:35-38)

3. SEEK OUT GODLY WISE ______________.

[Proverbs 15:12, 22; 20:18; 22:28; 24:6]

4. ONCE A PLAN IS IN PLACE, ______________ TO FOLLOWING IT THROUGH. [Proverbs 4:25-27; 15:21]

Folly delights a man who lacks judgement, but a man of understanding keeps a straight course.(Proverbs 15:21)

-I Kings 6:1,37-38;  8:22-24, 62-63

Digging Deeper

Q1: Have you ever overseen a large event or ministry?  If so, what part did planning have in making the event successful?  What might have been different if you had not taken time to plan?

Q2: What practical things can you do to invite God into your planning process?

Q3: Pastor David mentioned the importance of taking time for learning, thinking and prioritizing?  Which of those three do you need to focus on? Why?

Q4: Read Esther 4.  How did Esther seek counsel from Mordecai?  What counsel did he give? How did his counsel shape Esther’s decision?

Q5: Have you ever sought godly counsel when faced with a challenging decision?  If so, explain what that experience was like.

Q6: Do you take time to prioritize?  If so, what process do you go through to set priorities for your life? 

Q7: Prioritizing often involves asking the right questions.  Review the following three questions including the verses.  

  • The TRUTH question: Is it right? Does what I plan to do line up with God’s Word? [Proverbs 12:5; 14:22; 1`6:2,27; 21:2; 29:18]
  • The TALENT question: Is it right for me? Q: Does what I plan to do line up with the way God has made/gifted me? [Proverbs 22:6]
  • The TIMING question: Is it right for me right now? [Proverbs 24:27]

Q8: How might these three questions help you prioritize important things in your life right now?