Before this conference, have you pursued wisdom in your life? Did you find it important? Why or why not?
Jonathan mentioned that there is a difference between asking the question, 'Is this right or wrong?' and 'Is it wise and foolish?' What is that difference?
Can you think of a time in the past few years when you would have made a different choice if you had asked, 'What direction it was going to potentially lead?'
How do you use your words on a regular basis? If someone were journaling every word you said on a daily basis, would they be able to predict where your life was heading?
Jonathan said that, culturally speaking, we are living in a very foolish world. We've been taught and formed in the idea that restrictions on what we do with our body and money are oppressive and evil. Why do you think our culture has such a hard time accepting God's restrictions on how we live? Why do we find it so hard to believe that restrictions and limitations can lead to joy and fulfillment?
What are some examples from your life where restrictions led to joy and flourishing?
This morning, Jonathan said that the emphasis on living wisely needs to be balanced with the truth of the grace of God. How do you (or can you) balance the need to live wisely, along with the knowledge that foolish living has consequences, with a confidence in the never-ending grace of God?
Jonathan said in the Kingdom of God that grace trumps wisdom. And he used the Parable of the Prodigal Son as an example of a fool changing the direction (telos) of his life. Have you seen this in your own life? How have the consequences of your foolish mistakes led you turn back to God's grace and to living according to God's wisdom?
In your life, who is the greatest example of someone who was broken by the consequences of unwise choices and, as a result, found the grace of God?