Jesus Christ, the Wisdom of God

Life is filled with choices every day. We make most without much thought. But others make us stop, force us to think, consider and weigh the outcome. We need God’s wisdom to live in God’s world. But we have a choice, we can choose God’s wisdom, and take that path, or we can take the path of folly. One ends in life and the other in death. We should seek wisdom, and the good news is that the wisdom of God for life, in Jesus, is already seeking us!

Scripture: Proverbs 8, 1; Corinthians 1:24; Hebrews 1:1-2; Colossians 1:15-16; John 1:1-12

God’s Wisdom for Marital Faithfulness

We live in a sexualized society. Sexual intimacy has been distorted. It’s all about my personal pleasure rather than how I can serve my husband or wife out of love.

Proverbs isn’t prudish about sexual intimacy. God encourages us to “drink the water,” and enjoy the gift He’s given us. It’s meant as a blessing. It’s meant for our flourishing. But he warns us that the desire He’s given us can be misused, so we should “flee the fire.” If we think we know better, if we refuse to listen, we’ll get burned. Our very lives are at stake. In the end, we must “guard our hearts.”

God’s Wisdom for Choosing a Spouse

Overall people are getting married at a much lower number, and at a slower rate than ever before. And the way people make decisions about whom to marry goes from the “old fashioned” way of meeting someone face to face for the first time, and from there moving into a dating relationship, to swiping through images on their phone, to indulging considering that a process like The Bachelor or The Bachelorette is actually wise.

The choice of a husband or wife is the most consequential decision a person can make in their life. Your personal well-being is at stake, the well-being of the next generation is at stake, and the glory of God in the world is at stake. The husband or wife of your dreams is a gift from God, yet He expects you to choose wisely.

Scripture: Proverbs 12:4, 31:10-31, Ephesians 5; Colossians 3; 1 Peter 3

God’s Wisdom for Finances

As a church, we chose years ago to not be afraid of talking about money. In fact, after studying the gospels we decided that one of our measures would be, “Do I live the life of a generous giver?” That’s a discipleship question. How I handle my money, my level of generosity doesn’t begin with my bank account, it starts in my heart.

Proverbs is loaded with God’s wisdom on Money. Today, we’re going to look mainly at chapter 3 to learn four principles on handling our money.

Scripture: Proverbs 3:9-10

Godly Ethics at Work

We all want to work with people who have a solid work ethic, but ethics at work aren’t always clear. People feel the pressure to conform to a culture in the workplace that cuts corners and lacks integrity. Does God care anything about the way we work? And how do we overcome the external and internal pressure to work in a way that lacks integrity?

Scripture: Proverbs 10:9-10, 16:11, 11:1, 20:23; Genesis 25-32, 42-43; Romans 8:28; Matthew 6:31-33

Security Comes From Knowing God

We were privileged to hear from Pastor Nate Millican who used to be our lead pastor and is now a pastor at Graceland Church, as well as serving on the North American Mission Board. Pastor Nate spoke about how knowing God brings security, referencing Psalm 125. Listen to what he had to say about this topic.

God’s Wisdom for Work

Do you remember your first job? Over a lifetime, the average person will spend about 90,000 hours at work. That’s 3,750 days.

Work takes a significant amount of time in our lives and Proverbs has plenty to teach us about the way we work. In fact, there’s the way the world works, and then there’s the better way. Everyday you go to work, you’re faced with the question, “Will I continue to work the way the world works, or will I take the better way to work?”

Wise Words

We speak and use words hundreds of times a day. Conversations, text, email, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, Instagram, it seems we never stop communicating. And all in the hopes that our words will carry some weight, be influential, cause people to think or respond in a way we hope.

Our ability to speak is proof that we are made in the image of God who spoke the world into being, who send His Son into the world as “the Word made flesh.” How we use our words matters because they reflect on the character of the God who created us and if we are believers, the God who has saved us.

Proverbs challenges us to speak thoughtful words, timely words, and truthful words. The pitfalls and opportunities are many. We need wisdom to speak wise words.

Scripture: Proverbs 25:11; James 3:2, 8; Proverbs 15:23, 28; Proverbs 29:11; Matthew 12:36-37; Ecclesiastes 3:1,4, 7; Hebrews 3:12-13; Proverbs 12:19, 16:28, 26:20, 13:3; Eph. 4:29

The Beginning of Wisdom

We’re faced with choices everyday. We need God’s wisdom to make good choices because bad choices will blow up on us. But there’s a tension. We’re all born wise in our own eyes. Our natural condition is foolishness, and too often we’re satisfied with it and stay put in it. So what is true wisdom, “the wisdom from above” as James describes. Why does it matter in our lives, and how do we get it?

Scripture: Proverbs 1; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; James 3:13-18

Love It or List It?

God chooses us, and His faithful love amidst our unfaithful idolatry enables us to make a break with our past and surrender our whole self to Him.

Scripture: Joshua 24:1-31