By: Dan Seale
This week we began our journey through the Book of Proverbs. We will be working our way through this book from now through the summer. While we may be familiar with a few of the pithy sayings, few of us know the purpose of the book of Proverbs or are skilled in how to properly use it in our pursuit of God.
Proverbs is not about a little self-improvement to have a better life. Proverbs is about your ultimate choices that are revealed in your small choices. Proverbs is about life and death.
The big question is, “Will you pursue and listen to God’s words to you and find security and peace, or will you refuse to listen to Him, chart your own course and ultimately find calamity?”
These topical sermons could be a great opportunity to invite believing and non-believing friends to church to find wisdom for living with regard to parenting, words, anger, laziness, forgiveness, family, work, sex, finances and much more.
Here are some helpful resources to help orient you to literary genre of wisdom literature as well as how to read the book of Proverbs and how it can serve as a mini-guide to life.
Wisdom Literature – a 5 minute video
How to read Proverbs – an 8 minute video
A mini-guide to life – a 5 minute read from Tim Keller
I am looking forward to our journey to seek wisdom together as a family of faith.
1 Corinthians 1:26-34
26 Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. 27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”