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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

A Valiant Journey to Abolish Idolatry and Institute Proper Worship of God

The story of King Josiah abolishing idolatry and instituting proper worship of the One True God throughout Judah is a shadow of King Jesus abolishing idolatry and instituting proper worship of the One True God in the hearts of God’s people. God’s people ought to imitate this biblical pattern in the day-to-day living of their home, as they seek to remove idolatry and make time for worshipping the One True God as a family.

Scripture: 2 Kings 22-23

Faith@Home

Two alarming trends have been evident among evangelical Christians and their churches for nearly twenty years: the health of their marriages and the active rejection or passive abandoning of the faith by the next generation.

Is the problem what’s happening or not happening at church, or what needs to happen in the home? We believe that more and more the church has forgotten her role to equip parents to be the primary disciple makers of their children, and equip husbands and wives to see marriage as a reenactment of the gospel.

What we want to see is multigenerational faithfulness to Jesus. But how do we get there? Deuteronomy 6 is the foundation for nurturing faith at home.

Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:1-15

The End of the Beginning

The book of Acts records the history of the first 30 years of the church. In Luke’s gospel, he wrote about “all Jesus began to do and teach before the day he was taken up.” Acts is the record of the continuation of the ministry of Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, through the church to unleash the gospel into the world.

Acts ends with the Apostle Paul in Rome, waiting to be heard by Caesar. It’s like a cliffhanger. We’re left to wonder what’s next for Paul. But while the book of Acts comes to an end, the mission continues. We are the generation entrusted with taking the message of Jesus to the ends of the earth.

So as Luke concludes the book of Acts, he answers three questions we must consider for our lives now: Who is the audience for the gospel? What is the context for gospel ministry? What is the central point of the gospel message.

Scripture: Acts 28:16-31; Philemon 1, 4

Circumstances and Sovereignty

We’re all facing pressures and stresses unique to this crisis. It’s interfered with our ability to grieve the lost of a loved one the way we would expect. It’s interrupted our ability to visit a loved one in the hospital or nursing home. It’s disrupted our ability to work and brought financial stress. And for H.S. Seniors, it’s hijacked your graduation.

We all want this to end. We want people to be well and safe. We want life to get back to normal. But the truest test of your character isn’t how you live when it’s all good. It’s how you respond when circumstances turn your world upside down.

In this text we see the matchless resources we have from God in Jesus Christ to live in and live through the storms.

Scripture: Acts 27:1-28:16

Three Responses to the Gospel

The gospel message is a singular message, but it provokes different responses from different people. For some in Ephesus, they responded with repentance – and it cost them a fortune. What is your response to the gospel and are you willing to lose to gain?

Scripture: Acts 19:11-41

Divine Adoption

God looked down on the hopelessness of humanity, and He took action by sending forth His Son, for the intended purpose of redeeming His people, with the desired result of adoption and affection.

Christian’s are imitators of our Heavenly Father. So when we see the hopelessness of orphans, we take action by caring for them in their distress, with the desired result of their adoption and affection, for the purpose of their eternal redemption.

Scripture: Galatians 4:4-7

Missions – The Work of the Spirit, Part 2

Today, “missions” has become any work a local church does outside of its community to improve the lives of people living in other places. But in Acts 13-14, the clear work of missions is the proclamation of the gospel. In these two chapters we see Paul and Barnabas proclaim the gospel and persevere by the Spirit, in trouble and for the church.

But is missions necessary? Why go? Why disrupt the lives of people who otherwise seem happy or satisfied with their faith or lack of faith by sharing Christ with them? Because eternal life for everyone is at stake, and because doing the work of missions is an expression of our identity as followers of Jesus.

Scripture: Acts 13-14