Proverbs: Wise Words to Live by in a Wicked World

Hello again! Pastor Alan’s second message he shared with us (from January 15th) was entitled “Wise Words to Live by in a Wicked World.” To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below.

I’ve also included Alan’s outline with links to Bible Gateway for the Scripture references. Enjoy and be blessed!

Proverbs: Wise Words to Live by in a Wicked World

  1. Review
    • Proverbs says you cannot have wisdom without having a fear of God.
    • We must acknowledge the authority and control that God has in the affairs of our lives – that is a part of godly wisdom.
    • It is foolish to despise the wisdom and fear and instruction of God (in other words, trying to do it all on your own) – Proverbs 1:7.

Types of Fools in Proverbs

  1. The Mocker/Scoffer (Proverbs 21:24)
    • Scoff at “ignorant, foolish Christians” who don’t understand the way the world “really” is.
    • The mocker may be “worldly or sophisticated” but they are really arrogant and have “overbearing pride.”
  2. The Simple (Proverbs 14:15)
    • The simple/naive fool is marked by gullibility/easily led astray (“sheeple”) and are intellectually lazy
    • They tend to believe everything and remember nothing
  3. The Obstinate (Proverbs 1:22c)
    • Most common and most dangerous type of fool in Proverbs.
    • Hates knowledge!
    • This person is highly opinionated: won’t listen to advice or correction.
    • Listening in Proverbs means acting upon advice or correction.
    • Proverbs 26:5, 26:17, 26:12, 26:16
  4. The Troublemaker (Proverbs 6:12-15)
    • This person creates conflict, often through gossip (spreading lies) & fault-finding (pointing out others’ problems before examining themselves)
    • They cause real damage (both in the Church and in the world)
    • Think of the Pharisee and the tax collector praying in the Temple (Luke 18:9-14)
  5. The Sluggard (Proverbs 6:6-11)
    • Lives by the motto: “Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?”
    • They build their ultimate demise little by little: A day off here and there won’t hurt; a few more minutes on break won’t hurt anyone…

Proverbs 3:1-12 – Our Responsibilities (the odd verses) and God’s Promised Responses (the even verses)

  1. Introduction (v. 1-4) – A human father’s instruction to his son
    • v. 1: Responsibility: Don’t forget the father’s teaching and keep the commandments.
    • v. 2: Response (Reward/Promise): Long life, well-being
    • v. 3: Responsibility: Continually practice mercy and truth. Mercy is described in Proverbs 3:27-30
    • v. 4: Response: You will have a better relationship with God and others.
  2. Our Relating to God (v. 5-10)
    • v. 5-6a: Responsibility: Trust God fully and acknowledge Him. The opposite is to arrogantly say, “I did it my way…”
    • v. 6b: Response: He will make things easier to navigate.
    • v. 7: Responsibility: Be humble, fear God, and repent.
    • v. 8: Response: Healing and refreshing
      • Don’t be deceived – a man will reap what he sows. (Galatians 6:7)
      • We can shorten our lives by constantly disregarding God’s wisdom.
      • God will no be mocked.
    • v. 9: Responsibility: Honor God through what we do with our financial resources – bring Him our first fruits
    • v. 10: Response: God gives more to those who show responsibility with what they’ve been given (Parable of the Talents – Matthew 25:14-30)
  3. A Warning (v. 11-12)
    • v. 11: Responsibility: to avoid loving discipline, do the above. If discipline comes, don’t despise it.
      • No discipline = total disaster
      • Punished to the 3rd & 4th generations
      • Blessed to the 1000th generation (about 30,000 years!)
    • v. 12: Response: God disciplines those He loves. It is proof we are His delight!

Proverbs: Instruction on How to Live Life in Godly Wisdom

We had Pastor Alan back for a couple of weeks, and he continued his teaching in the Book of Proverbs. Here is the message from Sunday, January 8th. It’s all about knowing what is godly wisdom, and the process of applying that godly wisdom to your life.

To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included Alan’s outline with links to Bible Gateway for Scripture references. Enjoy!

Proverbs: Instruction on How to Live Life in Godly Wisdom

  1. Godly wisdom involves the learned ability to discern and then apply Godly wisdom to life’s situations and decisions. (Proverbs 4:1-9; James 1:5, 2)
    • There is a difference between common sense and godly widsom
    • You can have knowledge without wisdom, but not wisdom without knowledge
    • Wisdom is applying the knowledge of the Word of God
  2. Godly wisdom is always built on the foundation of the fear of the Lord. (Proverbs 1:7)
    • The fear of the Lord is to acknowledge God’s existence, power, and control
    • We can do nothing apart from Him (James 4:13-17)
  3. Godly wisdom is an applied process of ongoing life decisions that bring life, rather than death, into a person’s life. (Proverbs 4:20-23)
    • This process involves at least five parts

The Five Parts

  1. Godly wisdom operates within a framework of relationship: specifically, a relationship with Christ.
  2. Godly wisdom calls us to daily repentance (turning).
    • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the great German pastor, theologian, martyr, and spy, was asked in 1943 how it was possible for the Church to sit back and let Hitler seize absolute power. His firm answer: “It was the teaching of cheap grace. Cheap grace is the teaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ.” We live in a time and culture that not only teaches cheap grace but praises it.
    • Proverbs is a continual call to turn from folly to wisdom. (Proverbs 1:20-33)
    • Proverbs outlines the Seven Deadly Sins to turn from:
      • envy
      • gluttony
      • greed
      • lust
      • pride
      • laziness
      • wrath
    • Proverbs drives home the painful truth that moral neutrality is not a choice!
  3. Godly wisdom calls us to review everyday choices.
    • The beginning of a new year is a good time to review where you went wrong before! (Proverbs 5:21-23)
    • God sees all we do, so we need to examine ourselves & make wise changes
  4. Godly wisdom calls us to resolve to live a “much more” life.
    • The “Much More” Life according to Romans.
      • We are much more than just justified. Being reconciled to God allows us to live in God (Romans 5:6-11).
      • The much more life is a life of freedom from the destruction of sin’s habitual enslavement (Romans 6:8-11, 15-23).
      • The much more life stands & operates in the grace of God (Romans 5:1-2).
      • The much more life is a life of assurance, not ruled by continual anxiety and fear (Romans 8:37-39).
      • The much more life is living the resurrected life of Christ (Romans 6:4-11).
      • Galatians 2:20
  5. Godly wisdom calls for daily renewal by walking in the way of wisdom. (Proverbs 10:17)

We must relate, review, repent, resolve, & renew. It’s the wise way to go!

Christian Living

Hello and Happy New Year! I’m trying to get caught up after a very busy and crazy few months. Pastor Alan has been away, so Terry has been teaching. Most of his messages were recorded, but not all, so I’m posting all that I have of Terry’s “Christian Living” series from the book of Ephesians. To listen to these messages, click play on the audio player of the message you’d like to hear below. Thanks!

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