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Proverbs 1:8-9

Proverbs’ motto (1:7) is developed from this point on to the end of the book. Chapters 1-9 are a series of “talks” that a father gave to his son about biblical wisdom (each begins with “my son”). He begins by urging him to not only hear what he has to say but heed and do it (v. 8). Hearing and heeding godly, biblical wisdom gives true beauty and blessing to life (v. 9). The emphasis here is on the response to biblical wisdom (v. 8) and the result of such a response (v. 9). You won’t enjoy the result without the response.

  1. How did Jesus describe the difference between just hearing God’s truth and hearing and obeying (Matt 7:24-27)?
  2. In contrast to v. 9, what does the world look to for life’s “beauty and blessing”?
  3. What is beautiful and attractive to the Lord is viewed as ugly and out of style by the world.
  4. How can this help you to pray for parents? For children and young people?
  5. Everyone is teaching and everyone is learning. What are you teaching and learning?
  6. What kind of “curriculum” do we have?

Proverbs 1:7

This is the guiding principle, or motto, of the book of Proverbs. Proverbs aims to teach wisdom—the correct, skillful application of the fear of the Lord to daily life. To have this wisdom you must “fear the Lord”: a reverent belief in the God of the Bible, exclusively loving, obeying, and worshiping the One you will give an account to. This is the OT way of describing repentant, saving faith, and it is the “beginning” in the sense of being both the foundation and fountain of wisdom (cp. Matt 7:24-27). The one who rejects God and regards Him and His Word as worthless is a “fool”—one who is morally twisted, ignoring God in life. The fool is an unbeliever.

  1. If you haven’t already, memorize this verse!
  2. Memorize the definition of the fear of the Lord.
  3. It is impossible to correctly live life apart from God.
  4. It is impossible to correctly understand and apply the Bible (“wisdom”) without the fear of the Lord.
  5. Ask God to help you grow in your fear of Him and to live every moment of your day fearing Him.

Proverbs 1:1-6

This book was written when the Mosaic Law was in force during the OT theocracy, the historical kingdom of God (v. 1). A proverb is a compact statement giving biblical wisdom, and is based on and from the perspective of the Mosaic Law. Proverbs gives believers guidance and direction on how to live life skillfully before God (vv. 2-4). Proverbs—and the wisdom the give—are always needed and essential. Every believer must grow in his faith and ability to handle the Word (v. 5). The greater skill you have with God’s Word, the better you will be able to profit from challenging passages (v. 6).

  1. Do you welcome God’s Word? V. 1
  2. Be sure to work hard at accurately handling God’s Word, v.n1 (2 Tim 2:15)
  3. Diligently learn and apply, be shaped and directed by God’s word, VV. 2-4
  4. Always be learning! VV. 5-6
  5. Always have a desire to learn! VV. 4-6. Ignorance is never a good thing.

OT Survey, Lesson 4 – Genesis

In this lesson Pastor Greenfield gave an overview of the book of Genesis. Here is a copy of the notes: Genesis

Old Testament Survey, Lesson 3 – Geography

In this OT Survey lesson Pastor Greenfield reviewed previous lessons and walked through a basic survey of the geography covered during OT times. Here are the Power Point slides, followed by a PDF of the maps.

OT Maps

Old Testament Survey, Lesson 2

Today’s afternoon lesson on OT Survey Pastor Greenfield detailed the basic, key chapters of Israel’s history, providing a framework to understand where the various biblical books, events, and people fit in. Here are the Power Point slides, followed by a PDF of the full notes.

PDF Notes: OT Survey Lesson 2

Old Testament Survey, Lesson 1

Yesterday during our afternoon service Lesson 1 of Old Testament survey was given. Here are the Power Point slides, followed by a PDF of the full notes.

OT Survey Lesson 1

The “End” of the Good News

Preached Sunday morning, September 2, 2018, from Romans 11:33-36.

Previous messages are available here.

Behold, He is coming with clouds,and every eye will see Him,even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.Revelation 1-7Here are this week’s tools to help you be looking for and laboring until Christ’s return!