Archive for Wisdom

06-24-18 Kevin Goins - 4 Things Our Children Must Know

“Four Things Our Children Must Know” Proverbs 2:1-8

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 first two.

I First, our children should know how to g____ w_________ (2:1-4). What do they need to do?

A. First, s______ up God’s Word (2:1).

B. Second, l________ out for wise words and t_______ about what we hear (2:2).

C. Third, be willing to a_______ _______ for wisdom (2:3).

D. Fourth, make getting wisdom a p__________ (2:4).

II Second, our children should know the b__________ of having wisdom (2:5-8).

A. The first benefit of seeking wisdom is not ________, but knowing ______ (2:5).

B. The second benefit is _______ wisdom (2:6).

C. The third benefit is v___________ (2:7).

D. The fourth benefit is p____________(2:8).

III Sadly, wisdom is _____ what most people are pursuing today. M_______, e__________, s______, and p______ are what people today seek.

03-18-18 The Terrible Problem That No One Has, part 2

“The Terrible Problem That No One Has” (Part 2)   Proverbs 1:8-19

Surveys show that when asked, “What is the most urgent problem in the U.S. today?” people respond, “Greed.” Strangely enough, however, when asked about their own personal problems, people rarely, if ever, talk about greed. The book of Proverbs lets us know that greed is not only everyone’s problem, it is a potentially deadly problem. Fortunately, Proverbs has some help for us. How does Proverbs help us with greed?

I First, Proverbs teaches us that if we want to escape the slavery of greed, we need to be taught how in the family (1:8-9).

II Second, Proverbs teaches us that if we want to escape the slavery of greed, we need to avoid the w_______ kind of relationships o___________ the home (1:10-14).

A. First, this warning isn’t just about greed itself, it is about being t_________ by p__________.

1. Notice, in verses 8-14 two very different kinds of i_________ are given to the person Solomon is addressing.

2. Notice, the invitation from the gang has two promises
intended to attract new members: the two promises are m________ and e___________.

3. Notice, the invitation from the gang is focused, not on g________ something to the one who joins, but on g______ something from him.

B. Second, this warning is e___________. Why?

1. Solomon’s target audience, on this occasion, is an a_______.

2. Solomon wants us to know that greed is d__________.

C. Third, this warning is r_________.

03-11-18 The Terrible Problem that No One Has

“The Terrible Problem That No One Has”  Proverbs 1:8-19

Surveys show that when asked, “What is the most urgent problem in the U.S. today?” people respond, “Greed.” Strangely enough when asked about their own personal problems people rarely talk about greed. It seems that greed is the predominant national problem which affects no one individually. This strange phenomenon calls for some study and that is what we want to do today.

I. Greed is a significant problem for human beings because greed is energized by d___________.

A. Greed is a big problem, not just for Americans, but especially for American _______________.

B. Not only does greed keep its presence secret, there are few sins that so c______________ our heart as greed.

II. How does Proverbs help us with greed?

A. First, Proverbs teaches us that if we want to escape the slavery of greed, we need to be taught how in the ________ (1:8).

B. There are two questions we need to ask of this verse:
1. First, Who is the t________?
a. The fact is, children learn from mother and father how to view ________ and __________.
b. Here is the challenge: not only is it necessary for ____ parent to have their greed under control, ____ must have their greed under control.
2. Second, who is the r___________ of the teaching?

III. Look at how Solomon reinforces his teaching: he says we have a powerful i___________ for listening to our parents (1:9).

IV. Solomon says, “Parents, we must inoculate our children against the world’s lie that money, and what it can buy, will make life w_______ l________.”

03-04-18 The Wisdom Test

“The Wisdom Test” Proverbs 1:1-7

Last Sunday we began our introduction of the Old Testament book of Proverbs.  In the first seven verses of the book we find three
crucial questions: 

First, what are proverbs? Proverbs are sayings composed or collected by Solomon (1:1).

Second, what is the p__________ of these proverbs?  (1:2-6)

  1. With the exception of verse 5, we have five p_________ c________ or five r__________ for why God has given us these proverbs.
  2. The first reason God gave us these proverbs, verse 2 says, is so that we might have w__________. Wisdom is l____-s______, the ability to handle what comes at us in life in the b______ p__________ w____.
  3. We can use verses 2 – 6 to t______ our level of wisdom:

            Question 1: Am I willing to accept d__________?

            Question 2: Am I a good l_________?

            Question 3: When I make decisions, is my goal to do what is r_____ and j______ and f_____?

            Question 4: Am I s________ my wisdom with those who are i______________?

            Question 5: Am I g_________ in wisdom?

Third, how do we make Proverbs w______? (1:7)

Fourth, Proverbs begins and ends by telling us that if we want wisdom, one thing is required:  the f______ of the L______.

 


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