May you be blessed this week. I hope that you are enjoying the daily videos in Proverbs. Leave your thoughts and comments on my Facebook page if you would like to share what you are getting from our daily studies. In today’s video, I asked if you would like to do another book of the Bible, so also please comment with the next book you would like us to study together.
Pastor James will be doing our sermon recap video tonight. I am looking forward to it.
Here are the sermon notes from Sunday:
This is week 1 in our Doctrine and Devotion series.
My hope for you during this series is that you become rooted and grounded in the faith as Paul explains in Colossians 2:6-14
To be rooted or established, there needs to be a foundation on which to build. So, we are building upon the foundation of Scripture.
We are told in James to be doers of the Word and not hearers only. You can say that you believe something but do something else entirely. What you believe determines what you do. I can point out the way to you but I cannot make you believe.
We believe that the Bible is our highest authority. It is holy, it is inerrant, it is infallible.
We believe that the Bible is the only sufficient, certain source of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience. In other words, the Bible tells us about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. The Bible tells us how we are saved from our sins, and the Bible tells us what God expects from us in the form of obedience in light of the fact that we have been adopted into His family.
We believe John 1:1
We believe that Word is Jesus. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Jesus spoke the universe into existence and through Him are all things held together.
There are some people that you will meet, that will proclaim that they believe in the Bible. They will tell you they love the Bible, they may tell you that they believe the Bible is sufficient for salvation and sanctification. But there is a cavernous gap between what they say and what they do. There is a huge disconnect.
If you say that you believe the Bible than you should be conforming to the image of Jesus.
Romans 10:9-13 salvation
Romans 12:1-2 sanctification
You cannot come into contact with this sword and remain unchanged. You are either driven to Jesus or you harden your heart and you run from Jesus. Every. Single. Time.
No one is left neutral.
I LOVE OUR CHURCH!
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Here are the notes from Sunday.
The text for this sermon comes from Proverbs 14:15. The title of this sermon is: Test Everything. This is week 7 in our Proverbs2 series.
The Bible makes it clear that the righteous person is one that is seeking wisdom. They are prudent. They fear God. The Bible also contrasts that with the fool. We are told that the fool constantly makes stupid decisions. The longer the person is in this foolish state, the harder it is to separate them from their stupidity. The fool is not only stupid, but they are simple minded.
Take for example the person who believes everything that they see, read, or hear.
We all at one time were foolish. We made foolish decisions or thought foolish things but by God’s grace, we grew up. We left foolishness behind in a quest to become more like Jesus.
What Proverbs is telling us is that there are people who never break out of their foolishness. This is sad but true. There is such a thing as a lifelong fool.
The simple believe everything.
The simple believe that everyone is inherently good. The simple believe that most people tell them the truth. The simple will believe anyone that says, God told me, or they hold a Bible when they talk. The simple do not believe that anyone would could possibly lie if they were talking about Jesus.
We are given the example of the Berean church in Acts. This is what Luke wrote about them in Acts 17:11 – Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
This is why there were men that died working to translate the Bible into the common languages that were spoken by the majority of the people. They wanted the people to see that a lot of what they were being told was not actually in the Bible.
Not everyone who dresses nice and holds up a Bible cares about your soul. They don’t care if you read the Bible or not in fact, they count on the fact that most people won’t read their Bible. That is how they can continue to spread their poison. They don’t give a crap if you ever grow as a disciple or progress in becoming more like Jesus. They won’t help you grow as a Christian but they sure will take your money.
If it smells like crap…
1 John 4:1-6
Study the Bible daily. Test everything.
Just because they wear a suit and carry a Bible does not mean they are telling you the truth. Just because they have a podcast, a website, a blog, or a TV show, or are on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube does not mean they are telling you the truth.
Just because LifeWay sells their books does not mean they are telling you the truth.
Just because it looks like a sheep and sounds like a sheep does not mean it is a sheep.
Just because it is a tree, does not mean that it bears fruit.
The Holy Spirit will work to help the word to stay rooted in us. He will affirm the truth. However, like a gardener, He also works to remove weeds that have taken root in us. The weeds have to be removed so that the truth can have something to hold on to.
Instead of just blindly trusting everyone you hear – test what you have heard, seen or read.
The more you find that someone’s words do not match up with Scripture, you know who not to trust. On the other hand, the more a person’s words do match up to Scripture, you have found someone that you can trust.
Build a foundation on Scripture.
The Bible is our highest authority.
I LOVE OUR CHURCH!
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Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! Psalm 118:29
Tonight is our monthly Wednesday gathering. I look forward to seeing you there.
Pastor James will be leading the sermon recap discussion tonight.
Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon is from Proverbs 10:17. The title of this sermon is: Where Are You Going? This is week 5 in our Proverbs2 series.
The book of Proverbs is written from a dad to his son. It is packed with all kinds of useful things for immediate life application.
In Proverbs, we are encouraged to pursue both wisdom and knowledge. However, Solomon cautions us to be aware of the kind of knowledge that we are pursuing.
There is a kind of instruction that you have been taught was important but you never use it in your everyday life.
- Whether or not two triangles are congruent
- The Pythagorean theorem
- The different types of clouds
- How to dissect a starfish, a frog, or a worm
- Protons and Electrons
There is a different kind of instruction that Solomon is talking about here in chapter 10. This is a kind of instruction that you are taught that is important not just for your daily life but your soul. It is up to you whether or not you apply it or refuse it altogether.
We saw in our Faith Works series that James told us to be doers of the word and not hearers only.
A doer of the word heeds instruction and is on the path to life.
A hearer of the word only rejects reproof and leads others astray.
At our core, rebellion is looking to get out. We are taught truth, we hear sound doctrine, we hear the instructions and then our first inclination is rebellion.
Because of what Adam did in the garden.
When you were a child, your parents would give you instruction. You had a choice. You could either follow the instruction that was given or you could rebel against it.
For example: Your parents tell you to clean your room. They may have even given you a systematic approach so that you could do the job easier and faster. They leave after telling you that when they come back, the room needs to be clean. They give you some time and then they return to find that not one toy has been put away. Why? Rebellion.
You know what to do but you don’t do it.
James calls that sin.
If you heed – pay careful attention to – the instructions given, you will walk the path of life. You will grow as a believer becoming more like Jesus and you will lead others to do the same.
If you fail to heed the instructions because you dislike reproof. You dislike a reprimand or correction, then your tendency is to run away instead of toward God.
The second half of this verse shows us a person who is basically a spiritual toddler. They are having a spiritual temper tantrum.
They are not going to run to God because they are afraid and feel guilty of the known sin in their life. They run to those people who are just as sick as they are. They feel guilty so they are not going to invite people to church. They are not going to share aspects of their story where God changed their life. They will not try to lead a person to Jesus because when a person tries to conceal their sin, they make stupid decisions.
Paul tells the Corinthian Church that he had to feed them with milk because they were not ready for solid food or what Peter calls the meat of the Scriptures. Paul and Peter both are letting us know that there should be a natural progression in sanctification. There should be a noticeable change as we become more and more like Jesus.
A baby is fed with a baby bottle. As the baby grows, they are fed with a spoon but they are not fed solid food just yet. Later, soft food and finally solid food is introduced. As the child gets older, they are taught how to eat with a spoon and no longer drink from a bottle because they drink from a sippy cup. As the child continues to grow, they drink from a straw and then a cup with no lid. When the child is older, the child begins to learn how to cook. By the time a child becomes an adult, the child should be able to cook not only for themselves, but also cook for others.
You can’t eat steak if you won’t put down the sippy cup.
You have to let the sippy cup go. It is time to move on.
We trust God and we believe His Word.
We believe that God honors His Word because God is not a liar and God will never lead us astray.
We trust God to lead us.
We know that with walking in obedience, there will be times we make mistakes. We trust that God will correct, convict, reprove, us in line with His Word.
Heeding instruction leads to obedience and all that comes with it.
Running from instruction leads to more and more disobedience and stupid spiritual decisions.
Ultimately when faced with this truth, a decision has to be made.
It is your choice.
Are you going to heed instruction and walk the path of life or run from instruction and correction and then drag others down with you?
I encourage you to heed instruction and walk the path of life.
I LOVE OUR CHURCH!
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