Big Picture (Part 1): Wise-Angle Lens

#1 Listen to “Big Picture (Part 1):  Wise Angle Lens”

Consider this Sunday morning’s lesson. You can listen here:

Or watch here [video will be posted by Monday each week]:

What stuck out to you as interesting?

Did you encounter any challenging or re-orienting truth?

How’d it make you feel?


#2 Be Wise

Have you ever known anyone you’d describe as wise? What about him or her makes you think “wise”?

Read the following passages:

  • Deuteronomy 4:5-7
  • Psalm 19:7
  • Proverbs 3:6-7
  • Proverbs 9:8-10

How do we pursue wisdom? Brainstorm some practical things we can do to be sure we grow in wisdom?


#3 Perspective

Had you ever heard the story Justin recounted on Sunday from Proverbs 7? If this was your first time, did it surprise/challenge/interest you? What did you learn from it? (Your group may need/want to re-read the text.)

Looking at this passage, we said on Sunday, “Perspective changes everything.”

Have you ever been up really, really high? On a mountain, in a plane, at the top of a skyscraper?

  • Tell about what it was like. Did you feel any certain way when you looked down? How did it make you feel about life down below?

Consider the following pairings. Have relevant group members discuss how their perspective changed when they transitioned from one role to the other:

  • Child/Parent
  • Student/Teacher
  • Employee/Boss
  • Player/Coach

Why is the parent generally wiser than the child? Teacher than student? Etc.

If perspective changes everything, how do we go about changing our perspective? Is it even possible to change our perspective (or in other words: to see more than we can see)?

  • What are some practical ways we can zoom out and try to see the big picture?


#4 Big or Small?

When you zoom out, two things almost inevitably happen:

            -You realize how small some things are.

            -You realize how big some things are.

Take a minute as a group to zoom out.

  • What small things have we made big?
  • What big things have we made small?

Make lists. Challenge one another. Don’t keep anything off the table.

Consider the following categories:

  • work
  • wealth/money/stuff
  • hobbies/recreation/play
  • parenting
  • relationships
  • spiritual disciplines
  • appearance
  • rest
  • legacy
  • etc……. 



 This documentary is about what happens when astronauts first look back at the earth from space. It’s awesome. The video is about 20 minutes long, but you can watch just a few minutes (maybe the first 5) and get the point. Feel free to watch the whole thing. :)