Wisdom in an Age of Folly

The Book of Proverbs

Wisdom vs. Folly

September 4, 2022 • Josh Lane • Proverbs 9

Proverbs 9:1-18 | Josh Lane | "Leave your simple ways, and live, and walk in the way of insight.” In life, there is the way of Wisdom and the way of Folly. Both of these ways offer answers and blessings, but only one intends to actually fulfill its promises. Friend, choose the way of Wisdom!

"Lady Wisdom"

August 28, 2022 • Jake Gamble • Proverbs 8

Proverbs 8:1-36 | Jake Gamble | "Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice?" A life of wisdom, according to Scripture, is a life well lived. Wisdom leads us in our journey that finds its ultimate end in God himself. Pursue wisdom!

Listen and Live

August 21, 2022 • Noah Soistmann • Proverbs 6:20–35, Proverbs 7

Proverbs 6:20-7:27 | Noah Soistmann | "Bind [your father's commandments] on your heart always; tie them around your neck." Once again, King Solomon's proverbs take on the form of a wise father counseling his son. Here, we see the tragedy of adultery and the great delight in conforming to a biblical sexual ethic.

Cracking Wise

August 14, 2022 • Andrew Murch • Proverbs 6:1–19

Proverbs 6:1-19 | Andrew Murch | "There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him." God’s Law frames our world, as the principles he has designed create immutable truisms. Our sin leads us to fall short, as we experience the pain of debt, the temptation toward idleness, and the lure of deceit. God’s wisdom meets us here, calling us to the truth and providing us with grace. In Proverbs 6:1-19, we see that today’s decisions produce tomorrow’s results.

Sexual Sin and Redemption

August 7, 2022 • Andrew Murch • Proverbs 5

Proverbs 5:1-23 | Andrew Murch | "My son, be attentive to my wisdom; incline your ear to my understanding..." In our hypersexualized culture, we need to distinguish truth from error and wisdom from foolishness. Scripture warns against sexual sin and offers a different way to live in our fallen world. Here, we see that sexual sin is the road to ruin.

A Good Get

July 31, 2022 • Andrew Murch • Proverbs 4

Proverbs 4:1-27 | Andrew Murch | "Hear, O sons, a father's instruction..." Throughout Proverbs, teachings take the form of counsel given to a son from a father. This picture is seen clearly in Provers 4 as the father calls the son to seek wisdom and guard his heart. Here, we see that God’s Word brings life.

Hold On

July 24, 2022 • Gavin Hesse • Proverbs 3:13–35

Proverbs 3:13-35 | Gavin Hesse | "Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding..." According to God's word, wisdom is not an inconsequential concept or an optional add-on to life; it is a precious necessity for one to live as God intends. This passage of Proverbs shows the value of finding wisdom and the danger of losing it.

Proverbs 3:1-12

July 17, 2022 • Luke Hendrix • Proverbs 3:1–12

Proverbs 3:1-12 | Luke Hendrix | "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding." So far in Proverbs, it has become clear that wisdom, real wisdom, comes from the Lord. God's people enter dangerous territory when they look within themselves for counsel that only God, by his Spirit, through his word, can offer.

The Big IF

July 10, 2022 • Andrew Murch

Proverbs 2:1-22 | Andrew Murch | "For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding..." Wisdom, importantly, is not just what to do, it is also what not to do. God graciously offers wisdom to his people as he enables and empowers them to live in alignment with his character and will for all people.

Street Smarts

July 3, 2022 • Andrew Murch

Proverbs 1:1-33 | Andrew Murch | "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction." Wisdom is an interesting topic in our world; everyone wants it, many claim it, and few actually have it. Scripture teaches wisdom as knowing God's word and living according to it. God's people stand out as those who embrace true wisdom in an age of true folly.