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.
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