R/MEN Week 1: A Journey of Wisdom

February 22, 2022  |  Wayne Wynter

Wassup my brothers. This is Pastor Wayne and I am so excited to link up with you all on this journey seeking wisdom. As the brothers of Redemption Alhambra, we want to grow together in maturity, relationship with God and each other, and wisdom. I hope this process will help cultivate growth in all three. Many times it’s hard to understand the difference between worldly wisdom and Godly wisdom. I invite you on this journey to learn and discern this reality together as we grow into further maturity.

This journey of wisdom will span 4 months starting in February and culminating on May 31st. Each week we will engage with a different aspect of wisdom, sharing a blog post that will give instructions for that week and/or multiple weeks to come. All posts will be shared on our church app and right here on our website.

This “wisdom-seeking” journey is best done within a community of believers! That’s why we have partnered with our Redemption Community groups in order to build deeper relationships with our brothers. This also deepens layers of accountability and friendship centered around the gospel. These relationships are not meant to take the place of our regular R.C. gatherings but rather compliment them.

How does it work?

Each community group will create a platform that best serves the needs of the men in that specific group (i.e. WhatsApp, Slack, Facebook Messenger, group text, etc.). The agreed upon platform will be used for the fellas in the group to communicate, reflect on the blog post for that week or month, and build meaningful relationships. For example, the blog posts will go out every Monday or Tuesday. We invite you to then interact with the info and instructions from the post over the course of the week in the time that works best for you. As you reflect on the current week’s info regarding wisdom, connect with your brothers via your R.C. group chat sharing your thoughts and interacting with the thoughts of others. 

Be intentional to also use this space to share prayer requests and communicate with each other in general.

If you are not a part of a community group, click or tap the button below to connect with the groups closest to you. 

If being a part of a community group is not feasible because of scheduling or other conflicts/concerns we invite you to create a group with other brothers in our church who may be looking for an alternative to R.C.s as well. 

Okay! Let’s get started with week 1.

Week 1

This week, meditate and pray. Reflect on 1 Kings 3:1-15. What things stand out to you in this text and why? Share your thoughts with the brothers in your group

1 Kings 3:1-15

1 Solomon made an alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt and married his daughter. He brought her to the City of David until he finished building his palace and the temple of the Lord, and the wall around Jerusalem.

2 The people, however, were still sacrificing at the high places, because a temple had not yet been built for the Name of the Lord.

3 Solomon showed his love for the Lord by walking according to the instructions given him by his father David, except that he offered sacrifices and burned incense on the high places.

4 The king went to Gibeon to offer sacrifices, for that was the most important high place, and Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.

5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.”

6 Solomon answered, “You have shown great kindness to your servant, my father David because he was faithful to you and righteous and upright in heart. You have continued this great kindness to him and have given him a son to sit on his throne this very day.

7 “Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties.

8 Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number.

9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”

10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this.

11 So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice,

12 I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be.

13 Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor—so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings.

14 And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.”

15 Then Solomon awoke—and he realized it had been a dream. He returned to Jerusalem, stood before the ark of the Lord’s covenant and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then he gave a feast for all his court

Pray For Wisdom

Throughout this entire journey let’s continue to pray that God will bless us with the spirit of wisdom.

1 Corinthians 2:1-8

1 And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.

2 For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

3 I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling.

4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power,

5 so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.

6 We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.

7 No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.

8 None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 

James 1:5

5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

Ephesians 1:17

17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

Colossian 1:9

9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives,