About the Series
God has given us a lot of different tools to navigate this life. But have you ever thought of "wisdom" as one of those tools? We often ask God for wisdom but are we willing to pick that tool up and practice its craft in order to build a life in the wisdom of God?
In this 15-week series, we will explore the Proverbs to discover what this wisdom literature has to say about a variety of topics such as stewardship, relationships, emotions, and integrity. And you'll be drawn to ponder this question:
On what foundation is your life being built on?
Fear of the Lord
PASSAGE: PROVERBS 1:2-7
May 26, 2019 // Pastor Thomas Anderson, Jr.
2 For learning wisdom and discipline;
for understanding insightful sayings;
3 for receiving prudent instruction
in righteousness, justice, and integrity;
4 for teaching shrewdness to the inexperienced,
knowledge and discretion to a young man--
5 let a wise person listen and increase learning,
and let a discerning person obtain guidance--
6 for understanding a proverb or a parable,
the words of the wise, and their riddles.
7 The fear of the Lord
is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and discipline.
The Portrait of Wisdom
PASSAGE: PROVERBS 1:20-33
June 2, 2019 // Pastor Thomas Anderson, Jr.
20 Wisdom calls out in the street;
she makes her voice heard in the public squares.
21 She cries out above the commotion;
she speaks at the entrance of the city gates:
22 “How long, inexperienced ones, will you love ignorance?
How long will you mockers enjoy mocking
and you fools hate knowledge?
23 If you respond to my warning,
then I will pour out my spirit on you
and teach you my words.
24 Since I called out and you refused,
extended my hand and no one paid attention,
25 since you neglected all my counsel
and did not accept my correction,
26 I, in turn, will laugh at your calamity.
I will mock when terror strikes you,
27 when terror strikes you like a storm
and your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
when trouble and stress overcome you.
28 Then they will call me, but I won’t answer;
they will search for me, but won’t find me.
29 Because they hated knowledge,
didn’t choose to fear the Lord,
30 were not interested in my counsel,
and rejected all my correction,
31 they will eat the fruit of their way
and be glutted with their own schemes.
32 For the apostasy of the inexperienced will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them.
33 But whoever listens to me will live securely
and be undisturbed by the dread of danger.”
The Portrait of Folly
PASSAGE: PROVERBS 9:13-18
June 9, 2019 // Pastor Thomas Anderson, Jr.
13 Folly is a rowdy woman;
she is gullible and knows nothing.
14 She sits by the doorway of her house,
on a seat at the highest point of the city,
15 calling to those who pass by,
who go straight ahead on their paths:
16 “Whoever is inexperienced, enter here!”
To the one who lacks sense, she says,
17 “Stolen water is sweet,
and bread eaten secretly is tasty!”
18 But he doesn’t know that the departed spirits are there,
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.