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August 7: Proverbs: Wisdom That Leads to Life

Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.

Adult Education

This Sunday Josh Herring will continue a series called Christians Creating Culture: An Examination of Gospel Identity, True Community, and Cultural Flourishing at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the Old Testament).

Proverbs 1:1-7

[1] The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:

[2] To know wisdom and instruction,
to understand words of insight,
[3] to receive instruction in wise dealing,
in righteousness, justice, and equity;
[4] to give prudence to the simple,
knowledge and discretion to the youth—
[5] Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
and the one who understands obtain guidance,
[6] to understand a proverb and a saying,
the words of the wise and their riddles.

[7] The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Sermon Summary

Most people love proverbs because they state truth in simple and often memorable ways. Numerous examples come to mind: "Look before you leap," "haste makes waste," and so on. But the book of Proverbs offers wisdom that is more than just common sense; it actually comes from God and leads to not just a good life but to true life. As we will see, these proverbs are part of the wisdom literature in the Bible (as are Job, Psalms, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon). Wisdom literature does not have major historical events, and there are no new laws or prophecies. The proverbs offer wisdom that leads to godliness, to living with God in view. The proverbs lead us to an ordered life, one that declares that God is the creator and sustainer of all things. In this wisdom we find life.

Review and Apply

What causes disorder in our lives and of those around us?

How do th proverbs bring a measure of order into our lives?

What are some guidelines needed in reading the proverbs?

Give examples of how the proverbs can help you live wisely in the following areas: work, speech, friendships, family and life.

What does it mean that Jesus is our wisdom and righteousness (1 Corinthians 1:30)?

How do the proverbs relate to the gospel?