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New Sermon Series! Proverbs: The Way of Wisdom

September 1, 2014

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This coming Sunday, September 7, we will begin a new series on the book of Proverbs.  As followers of Christ (who is himself the very embodiment of wisdom – 1 Corinthians 1:24, 30), we desire to no longer be foolish, but to live wisely in God’s world.  The book of Proverbs is a wisdom manual for how to do that. It is our prayer that the Lord would use this book powerfully in our lives so that we might grow in wisdom.  

Now, in order to prepare our hearts to receive God’s wisdom, here is our challenge to you, and to us as a church: 

  1. Read a chapter of Proverbs every day.  Billy Graham said that he read a chapter of Proverbs each day, according to the day of the month.  There are 31 chapters in Proverbs so this works out nicely.  Start today, September 1, by reading chapter 1.  Then chapter 2 on September 2, chapter 3 on the 3rd, and so on.  If you miss a day, you can either catch yourself up or just read the chapter that corresponds to the day’s date.  For the short months, read more than one chapter so that you can finish the whole of Proverbs each month.  By the time we have finished this series, you will have read through the book of Proverbs a number of times, and have hopefully familiarized yourself with the material and hidden many of its truths in your hearts.
  2. As you come across a Proverb that is pointed and timely toward your life or situation, write it down and memorize it.  If Proverbs is anything, it is personally applicable.  Find proverbs that speak directly to your heart and situation and commit them to memory.  Don’t memorize alone!  Do it together as a family, or in your community group or life transformation group.  Perhaps you can set a goal for yourself to memorize one proverb per week.  

We hope that through the daily work to prepare our hearts, together we might accomplish the purpose of Proverbs: 

The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel: To know wisdom and instruction, to understand words of insight, to receive instruction in wise dealing, in righteousness, justice, and equity; to give prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth- Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles. The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:1-7).

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