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10-27-19 Kevin Goins - Wisdom is Fabulous! part 2

Posted in sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, proverbs, Wisdom by facatl on October 29th, 2019

“Wisdom is Fabulous!” (Pt 2) Proverbs 3:19-26

People seek many things in our world today, but very few seem to be seeking wisdom. Perhaps this is because they are afraid wisdom might interfere with their selfish plans, or it may be because people have no idea how wonderful God’s wisdom is. In any case, the author of Proverbs wants us to know just how fabulous wisdom is.

I Wisdom is worth the e________________ and we should seek it with _______ our heart (3:13).

II Wisdom is so good that even ______ uses it (3:19-20).
A. The greatest p_________ of wisdom’s v_________ is that God himself makes use of it.
B. The understanding God used in creating the universe includes two types of k________-h_____:
1. There is the know-how that is focused on r________________.
2. There is the know-how that is needed to b_______ something.

III Wisdom can g__________ our life (3:21-26).
A. Solomon says sound judgement and discernment are so important to life that we must make sure we k_______ our e______ on them.
B. Why? Because the world has a way of h__________ them from us.
C. Wisdom can guard our life in _______ ways:
1. First, wisdom protects our s_________ (3:22)
2. Second, wisdom keeps us s________ (3:23).
3. Third, wisdom helps us s__________ (3:24)
4. Fourth, wisdom eases our s___________ (3:25).
5. Fifth, wisdom gives us s____________ (3:26).

10-13-19 Kevin Goins - Wisdom is Fabulous!

Posted in sermon, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Bible, proverbs, Wisdom by facatl on October 17th, 2019

“Wisdom is Fabulous!” Proverbs 3:13-18

People seek many things in our world today, but very few seem to be seeking wisdom. Perhaps this is because they are afraid wisdom might interfere with their selfish plans, or it may be because people have no idea how wonderful God’s wisdom is. In any case, the author of Proverbs wants us to know just how fabulous wisdom is.

I In his introduction to wisdom, Solomon makes _______ major points.
A. First, wisdom has ___________ ____________ (3:13-18).
B. Solomon gives us ______ reasons why we should want wisdom with all our heart.

II First, wisdom is __________ the ___________ (3:13).
A. From the start we need to understand that living as a wise person requires __________________.
B. It took gut-wrenching discipline on Solomon’s part to ask for what he knew would benefit _____________, rather than ____________.

III Second, wisdom is p__________________ (3:14)
A. Silver and gold have value, but they will never earn as much in the f_______________ as wisdom will.
B. Wisdom has the potential to provide ________________the things we cannot know _____________ that we will need tomorrow.

IV Third, wisdom is greater than anything we can _______________ (3:15).

V Fourth, wisdom gives the best ______________ (3:16).
A. Wisdom knows how to use riches in an h_________________ way.
B. Wisdom can fill life, even long life, with _________________.

VI Fifth, wisdom gives real _______________ (3:17).

VII Sixth, wisdom gives _______________ life (3:18).
-Just as Solomon began by saying that wisdom is something we must seek, so he ends by telling us again that wisdom must be e_____ _____.

 

10-28-18 Kevin Goins - 6 Steps to Peace, conclusion

“Six Steps to Peace” (Conclusion) Proverbs 3:11-12

In Proverbs 3:1-12 Solomon tells us about the six dimensions of life for which God has a special and unique kind of peace for us. Verses 1-2 focused our attention on Spiritual Shalom, or peace with God. Verses 3-4 were about Community Shalom, or peace with people. Verses 5-6 directed our attention to decision-making shalom. Verses 7-8 were focused on physical shalom, or peace in our body, and verses 9-10 were about financial shalom. Today we conclude with verses 11-12 and corrective shalom.

I What makes verses 11-12 so interesting is that we can easily see the l_____ s___________ out of which these words came to be written.
A. According to Prov 13:24, the parent who allows a child to do as she or he pleases actually h________ his child.
B. Refusing to follow God will not s______ you from God’s discipline.

II Living our life knowing that there is an almighty and absolutely holy God w_________ us, and knowing that our willful disobedience of his commands could bring his discipline, can make us very u____________. But we can have ________ if we’re willing to following his instructions:
A. Solomon says, verse 11, “My son, do not d__________ the Lord’s d____________.”
1. The question Solomon asks is this: when we mess up and when God brings discipline (correction) into our life, how will we ________?
2. When we despise God for his discipline, we are r________ what he is working to do in our life.
3. When we despise God’s discipline we not only reject God, we miss out on what his discipline could a___________ in our life.
B. Then Solomon says, “and do not r________ his r_________.”
Rebuke means to use words to convince someone they have done wrong, not to s_______ them, but to call them to r__________.
2. When we resent rebuke, we are actually getting angry at _____. We resent the fact that he allowed someone to
confront us with his _________.

III As with the other five kinds of shalom, to obey the c_________ of verse eleven, entitles us to the r_________ of verse twelve.
A. The first reward is __________ ___ ______ __________.
B. The second reward is knowing that God does his work of discipline so that he can take d___________ in us.

10-07-2018 Kevin Goins - 6 Steps to Peace, part 6

Posted in sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Dr. Kevin Goins, money, Bible, peace, proverbs, Wisdom, Shalom by facatl on October 11th, 2018

“Six Steps to Peace” (Pt 6)  Proverbs 3:9-10

In Proverbs 3:1-12 Solomon tells us about the six dimensions of life for which God has a special kind of peace for us. Today we look at verses 9-10 which focus our attention on financial peace.

I Let’s begin with the command: (3:9) “Honor the Lord with your w_________.”

A. The noun “wealth” originally meant all p________ or m__________ p____________ which have value.

1. The Hebrew word literally means e___________.

2. What’s striking about this is that Solomon doesn’t say “Honor the Lord with your t__________.”

B. To honor God is to say that God is worthy of r___________, o__________, and a_____________.

II With the second part of the command Solomon pokes even harder: “Honor God with your wealth, with the f____________ of all your crops.”

A. Solomon says we should give God the raysheeth, or firstfruits, which means the f______ and the b________.

B. Giving God our firstfruits means we make giving to the Lord our f_____ p__________, before anything else.

III That’s the command and the command hurts, but there is o______________ in the form of a p____________.

A. The promise is that God will bless us with that which can be used to do good to ___ and to o________ p_________.

B. The principle is simple: honor God with what we h_____ and he will give us m______ which we can use to honor him.

IV But this raises a question: isn’t this the p___________ G___________?

A. What’s wrong with this teaching?

1. First, they lack convincing S__________ s___________.
2. Second, they do not live like m___________ of the Gospel.
3. Third, they treat God like a get-r____-quick scheme rather than the righteous j________ of the universe.
4. Fourth, they give people the idea that we should never have to face s____________ in this life.
5. Last, they talk about money as if it is the u_____________ blessing.

09-30-2018 Kevin Goins - 6 Steps to Peace, part 5

“Six Steps to Peace” (Pt 5)   Proverbs 3:7-8

In Proverbs 3:1-12 Solomon tells us about the six dimensions of life for which God has a special and unique kind of peace for us. Verses 1-2 focused our attention on Spiritual Shalom, or peace with God. Verses 3-4 were about Community Shalom, or peace with people. Verses 5-6 directed our attention to decision-making shalom. Today we look at another kind of Shalom.

I When we are well, we don’t think about how our s_________ life is connected to our p____________ life.

A. This connection is c_______________.

B. This connection is b_______________.

II Today we are looking at p____________ shalom – the peace we can experience in our b__________.

A. This shalom catches us o_____-g___________. We don’t e_________ it.

B. Those uncomfortable with this connection do their best to interpret verse 8 as a reference to s__________ healing, rather than p__________ healing.

C. But S__________ makes it clear he is talking about physical healing.

III The promise states that there is something we can do spiritually which will bring h_______ and p________ to our physical body. But what?:

A. If you ask me today, ‘How can I be healed?’ I would refer you to J_________ ___:____.

B. The interesting thing about the Old Testament is that while it speaks about God’s cure for spiritual and physical sickness, it puts more emphasis on p___________.

IV Let’s look at the commands:

A. First, “Do not be w_______ in your own e_______.”

B. Second, “F______ the Lord.”

C. Third, “S_______ evil.”

09-23-2018 Kevin Goins - 6 Steps to Peace, part 4

Posted in sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Bible, peace, proverbs, Shalom, trust by facatl on September 25th, 2018

“Six Steps to Peace” (Pt 4) Proverbs 3:1-12
In Proverbs 3:1-12 Solomon tells us about the six dimensions of life for which God has a special and unique kind of peace for us. Verses 1-2 focused our attention on Spiritual Shalom, or peace with God. Verses 3-4 focused on Community Shalom, or peace with people. Today we look at verses 5-6 which focus on decision-making shalom.

I The reason we need decision-making shalom is because we have so many c___________.
A. Choice can be great, but only if we know how to choose w_____.
B. God, Solomon says, has a special kind of peace for the d_________-m________ dimension of our life.

II This shalom is unique because Solomon gives us o_____-and-a-h______ verses for the command and only a h______ verse for the promise.
A. Yashar means either to b_____ straight or to m________ straight.
B. Yashar means not only straight or right, but it also means s__________ or p___________.
C. Throughout the Bible there is a connection between doing what is r_______, as God defines it, and having a s____________ life.

III Verse 6b is a stellar promise, but how do we make it w_______ for us? That brings us to the command, and the command consists of ______ parts:
A. First, t_________ in the Lord with all your h_________.
B. Second, l_____ not on your own u______________.
C. Third, in all your w_____ a_____________ him.
1. First, to acknowledge means to be aware of what it is the Lord e__________ of ____.
2. Second, it means to have a d_________ to do what I know he expects of me.
3. To acknowledge him in all our ways means to p__________ the p__________ of Christ.
4. If we are not willing to do that in all the s________ decisions of life, we will not be able to do it when it comes to the m_________ decisions of life.

09-16-2018 Kevin Goins - 6 Steps to Peace, part 3

Posted in sermon, First Alliance Church Atlanta, Christianity, Dr. Kevin Goins, Bible, peace, proverbs, Shalom by facatl on September 18th, 2018

“Six Steps to Peace” (Pt 3) Proverbs 3:1-12
In Proverbs 3:1-12 Solomon tells us about the six dimensions of life for which God has a special and unique kind of peace for us. Today we look at the
second.

I Verses 1 and 2 focus on spiritual shalom.
II Verses 3 and 4 focus on another kind of peace God has for us: c______________ shalom, or peace with other p___________.

A. Words like “love,” “faithfulness,” “heart,” “favor,” and “a good name” all make it clear we are talking about _______________.
1. We did not c_______ community, God did, and he created us to n________ community.
2. So, we need peace in our community relationships, but we cannot have community w__________ God.

B. First, we need to look at the c____________ in verse 3.
1. When it comes to community, whether love, marriage, family, or friends, all we can control is _____ response to others.
2. We will do just about anything to make people w_____ to be in relationship with us or to s______ in relationship with us.

C. We cannot find peace by making people love us and remain faithful to us, but there is something we can do: we can ______ and we can be _____________.
1. We cannot love and be faithful to anyone simply by w________ ____.
2. Only ______can love and be faithful to others, but he is willing to do that through us, if we ______ ourselves completely to him.

D. As with the first command of verse 1, so also with the command of verse 3 there is a __________ for those who _________.
1. The promise consists of ____ parts:
a. First, f_________.
b. Second, a g_______ n_______.
2. The promise for obeying the command of verse 3 is peace in our c___________ of r_____________.

09-02-2018 Kevin Goins - 6 Steps to Peace, part 2

“Six Steps to Peace” (PT 2)
Proverbs 3:1-12

Our text today gives us six specific steps to how we can experience deep and comprehensive peace. Today we are looking at the first step.

I The six dimensions of shalom
A. First, there is community shalom.
B. Second, there is mental shalom.
C. Third, there is bodily shalom.
D. Fourth, there is financial shalom.
E. Fifth, there is disciplinary shalom.
F. Sixth, there is spiritual shalom.

II Of the six dimensions of shalom, Solomon begins first with ____________ shalom.

A. How do we get spiritual shalom? (3:1)
1. The first thing Solomon focuses on is r______________.
2. The second thing Solomon focuses on is t_________ and c_____________.
3. Solomon’s third emphasis: God’s Word must be i________________.

B. If we obey verse one, there is a p___________ (3:2). But there are those who d________ that obeying God’s Word prolongs life.
1. First, it makes sense from a r____________ point of view.
2. Second, it makes sense from a t____________ point of view.
3. It makes sense when you consider the a____________.

C. Many reject these verses because they deny u___________ and a_____________ truth.

08-26-18 Kevin Goins - 6 Steps to Peace

“Six Steps to Peace” Proverbs 3:1-12 (Pt 1)

Our text today gives us six specific steps to how we can experience deep and comprehensive peace. First, however, we need to figure out what peace actually is. That is what our text is about.

I Let’s begin with what peace is not: Shalom is not simply the
absence of w______ and c____________.
A. First and foremost, shalom means w___________ or c______________.
B. Let’s look at the parts of a whole human life, and in doing that we will get a b__________ definition of peace.

II First, there is c____________ shalom, or peace between p_________.
A. The Old Testament is filled with examples of people making t_________ and c___________ with each other.
B. For both the Old and New Testaments community peace means far more than peace between n_________.

III Second, there is m_________ shalom or peace.

IV Third, there is b_________ shalom or peace – the peace that gives health to our b_______.
A. In the Old Testament there are many examples of God giving peace to people by h__________ them.
B. In the New Testament Jesus sees his miracles of healing as a sign that the ________ ___ ______ is bringing peace to the world.

V Fourth, there is f____________ shalom or peace.
A. You might think this shalom gets the __________ emphasis in the Bible, but if you think that, you are _________.
B. God wants us to have the shalom of p_________, but be careful how you define that word!

VI Fifth, there is d____________ shalom or peace.

VII Sixth, there is s__________ shalom or peace.

07-15-18 Kevin Goins - 4 Things Our Children Must Know, Pt. 3

“Four Things Our Children Must Know: Watch Out for the Strange Woman”
Proverbs 2:16-19

If you had to select the four most important things children must know in order to survive and thrive, what would they be? Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, wrote Proverbs chapter two for his son, and in this chapter he tells us four things which our children need to know. Today we look at the fourth.

I Our children should know how to get wisdom (2:1-4).
II Our children should know the benefits of having wisdom (2:5-8).
III Our children should know the danger of being influenced by bad men (2:12-15).
IV Our children should know the danger of being influenced by the s_________ w____________.
-What does Solomon say about the strange woman?

These women, or men, should be avoided because they rely on f__________ w_______ (2:16).
1. The Hebrew word translated “flattering” literally means s________
People flatter for a r__________; words of flattery are often followed by words of r_________.

B. These women, or men, should be avoided because they cannot be t_________ to keep their p____________ (2:17).
1. What is wrong with the man or woman who is unfaithful is not only that they make f________ of the people they try to seduce,
-but they tear to bits the h________ of the person they claimed to _______ when they first got married.
2. The Bible parallels our relationship with our s_________ with our relationship with _______.

C. These women, or men, should be avoided because they d______ their victims down to d________ (2:18).

D. These women, or men, should be avoided because the path they tempt people to walk is a o_____-w_______ s__________ (2:19).
-Solomon talks about avoiding the promiscuous man or woman as if they were the p________, but Jesus said we are to p_______ for those who would hurt and use us.


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