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Build with a Wise Heart

March 23, 2014 Speaker: Mark Twombly Series: Build: The Book of James

Topic: Exposition Scripture: James 3:13–3:18


  • What God Builds In
  • What We Build On

Build on Wisdom


Are You Truly Wise? (Verse 13)


Knowledge -> Understanding -> Wisdom
What Our Lives Show

The Root of Wisdom (Verse 14-17)


From Below (vv. 14-16)
  • Worldly Wisdom is __________
  • Worldly Wisdom is __________
  • Worldly Wisdom Brings __________
From Above (v.17)
  • God’s Wisdom is __________
  • God’s Wisdom is __________
  • God’s Wisdom is __________


The Fruit of Wisdom (Verses 18)


A Bountiful Harvest

Wisdom in Us



Community Meditation


  • Do you consider yourself wise? Read Proverbs 2:1-5, 26:12. How are you to view your pursuit of wisdom in light of that?
  • Read through 1 Corinthians chapters 1-3. Think on the things that have impressed you over the years, and what impresses you now. How does this passage inform your view of such things?


  • Reflect on James 3:13-18. What do your thoughts and relationships tell you about how wise you truly are?
  • What dominates your inner emotions – dissonance or peace? Why?
  • How do you feel about those closest to you? Which dominates, peace/harmony or chaos/dissonance? What does that tell you?


  • Galatians 6:7-8 tells us that we reap what we sow. What are you sowing in your life right now? What path of life are you on right now, one that reflects the wisdom from above, or the wisdom from below?
  • 1 Corinthians 1:30 tells us that Jesus has become for believers our ‘wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, redemption’. Jesus is wisdom incarnate, so we study his life to see v.13 and v.17 demonstrated. How can you follow Jesus’ conduct, meekness, and works?

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