SSU-2015-1-10: Behind the Mask

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Published on March 3, 2015 by Sabbath SchoolU

Study 10 of 13 on Proverbs

“A lady fled her job because the bosses changed. She cried about the unfairness and the prejudice. She told stories, in hushed tones, about the downfall of that office and the issues with the people there. Then…after seeding herself in the new ministry…she dropped packs of fertilizer and waited for her toxic personality to take seed…and it did…her new office was de-stabilized…and she controlled how most of it worked by manipulating those in office. No weapons were used …just exacting words placed under the guise of nurture and prayer…and that ministry has atrophied. Most choose not to see it, because a pretty face and prettier words distract from the ugliness that lies beneath.”—Falvo Fowler

Scriptural Basis: Prov. 25:2, 3; 26:11–16; 27:5, 6; 1 Cor. 1:20, 21.

Key Text: “Do not exalt yourself in the presence of the king, and do not stand in the place of the great” (Prov. 25:6, NKJV).

1. Thus far, in the Book of Proverbs, what counsel have you found to be very contemporary?

2. If God’s Word can be trusted, how should its principles be applied?

3. Why is it difficult to sing praises to God when we are discouraged?

4. How have your friendships helped you to understand the love of God?

5. How does studying the life of Christ and His great sacrifice enlarge our perspective of God’s character?

6. If God seems distant during difficult times, how can we find Him?

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