Wisdom for Life, Part 12, Wisdom Regarding Money, Sep 30, 2012

– Wealth
– has its advantages (Prov. 10:15,18:11,13:8,14:20,19:4,6-7,22:7,18:23)
– but wealth doesn’t provide everything (Prov. 10:2,11:4,28)
– the acquisition of wealth (Prov. 13:11,20:21,28:20,22,20:17,21:5-6,28:8)
– keeping wealth in perspective (Prov. 23:4-5)
– wealth can be a blessing, but it can easily become a curse; wisdom makes the difference
– Poverty
– some are poor because of circumstances beyond their control (Prov. 30:14,28:8)
– others are poor because of their own sinful conduct (Prov.6:6-11,10:4,14:23,20:13,24:30-34,21:17,23:21,12:11,28:19)
– Generosity
– the expression of generosity (Prov.28:27,3:9)
– the benefits of generosity (Prov.11:17,14:21,3:9-10,11:24-25,19:17)
– Greed
– the qualities of greed (Prov.30:15-16,21:25-26,23:6-8)
– the danger of greed (Prov.1:17,15:27)
– to avoid misery, for ourselves and others, we must not be greedy
– Proverbs gives us wisdom in properly relating to wealth and poverty, and generostiy and greed
– with the blessing of the Lord, we can experience both wealth that comes from honest labor, and generosity that springs from a merciful heart
– certainly there is no place for arrogance and abuse when we have been materially blessed (Prov.22:2,14:31)

Wisdom for Life, Part 11, Wisdom for Change, Sep 23, 2012

– Accept responsibility (Gen.3:1-13,1 Sam.15:1-24)
– “Since then we have all become experts at shifting our responsibility onto others. We will all stand before God one day. And on that day, any attempts at hand-waving and finger-pointing will not suffice. The responsibility of what we did with Jesus will rest squarely on our shoulders and no one else’s.” – Frank Viola
– I am responsible for my response
– what does this experience make possible?
– beware of responsibility diffusion
– a good boundary when it comes to people is to ask “Am I responsible to/for them?
– take responsibility for your choices (Josh. 24:13-15)
– Reject apathy (2 Tim. 3:1-5)
– irreconcilable – ceasing to care
– apathy must be rejected
– Act courageously (Deut.31:6,Josh.1:7-9,1Chron.28:20,Ps.27:1,Ps.31:24,1Cor.15:58,1 Cor.16:13,Eph.6:10)
– courage is doing what you’re afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.

Wisdom for Life, Part 10, Three Essentials for Spiritual Health, Sep 16, 2012

1 Cor. 13:1-13, 1 Thess. 1:3
– “abide” or “remain” in reference to place means to sojourn, tarry, not to depart, to continue to be present, to be held, kept, continually
– in reference to time means to continue to be, not to perish, to last, endure, of persons, to survive, live
– in reference to state or condition means to remain as one, not to become another or different, to wait for, await one
– Abide in faith – I am made right with God (Rom. 5:1)
  – I live by faith (Gal. 2:20,Rom.1:17)
  – I walk by faith (2 Cor.5:1-10)
  – your faith is more valuable than gold (1 Peter 1:3-10)
  – Jesus prays that our faith would not fail (Luke 22:31-32)
  – everyone has a measure of faith (Rom. 12:3)
  – you are to take up a shield of faith (Eph. 6:16)
  – your faith can grow (2 Cor. 10:15)
  – faith comes by hearing and taking action (Rom.10:17,Heb.4:2)
– Abide in hope – hope in the Bible is defined as confident expectation (Heb.11:1)
  – Job had hope (Job 13:15)
  – David had hope (Ps. 42:5)
  – Jeremiah had hope (Lam. 3:24)
  – Abraham had hope (Rom.4:18)
  – we are saved in hope (Rom. 8:24)
  – we are to rejoice in hope (Rom. 12:12)
  – God is the God of hope (Rom.15:11-13)
  – Christ in us our hope of glory (Col.1:27)
  – put your hope in God, not riches (1 Tim.6:17)
  – we are to flee to hope and be anchored in hope (Heb.6:18-20)
– Abide in love – love ties it all together
  – faith works by love (Gal.5:6)
  – the Holy SPirit sheds love abroad in our heart and grounds us in hope (Rom.5:1-8)
  – we are to pray to be rooted and grounded in love (Eph.3:14-21)
  – love is the deal (John 13:35,15:9-12,1 John 4:7,11,Eph.5:2,Matt.5:44,Rom.12:9,13:10)
  – praying in the Spirit helps keep us in the love of God (Jude 20-21)
– Faith is the evidence, hope is the confident expectation, and love fueled by the Holy Spirit mixes it all together to give you and I an eternal hope of glory.
– Any area of your life where you are sensing hopelessness is being influenced by a lie.

Wisdom for Life, Part 9, Wisdom in Friendship, Sep 9, 2012

– Jesus was a friend of sinners, we’re to be insulated against sin in the world, but not isolated from people in the world.
– you’re either influencing your world or you’re being influenced by it
Prov. 1:10-11,15,13:20,1 Cor.15:33, Prov.25:17
4 qualities of good friends – am I a friend with these qualities?
1. constancy – good and faithful friend (Prov. 17:17 ESV, Prov.27:10,14:20,18:24)
2. candor – open, honest, and sincere (Prov.27:6,28:23)
  – we need people in our lives like this
3. council – offers wise and honest counsel (Prov.27:17,27:9)
4. consideration – demonstrates compassion for friends and sensitive (Prov.25:20)
  – if counsel is what you say, consideration is how you say it – good friends are sensitive to those around them
– be friendly
– those seeking a friend seldom find one (be friendly to have friends)
– healthy frienships have grace and truth
– unspoken and unrealistic expectations sabotage and destroy good friendships

Culture of the Kingdom, Pastor Jonathan O’Reilly, Sep 2, 2012

1 Cor. 1:1-9 NLT
– culture is a powerful thing. Current of an environment
– it’s much easier to establish culture from the beginning
– three points in the culture of the kingdom
1. honor (v.1) – Paul says he didn’t do this alone
  – honor places value on someone
  – somethings have a natural or placed value and other things have a sentimental value
  – honor is an element in the kingdom of God
2. encouragement (v.2) – John 4:4 – Jesus needed to go through Samaria to break the cultural traditions
  – Jesus honors and encourages the Samaritan woman
  – Jesus gives us an example to show kindness and encouragement to those in need
3. generosity (v.9) – God is generous to us so we should be generous to others
  – God has invited us into partnership with Jesus
  – 2 Cor. 8:9 NLT
– why do we live in a culture of honor, encouragement, and generosity? Because Jesus did. This is what the culture of the kingdom is all about
– generosity is more than just money, it’s life, it affects the way you look at everything.