What’s the mission of Grace Meridian Hill? As we kick off the fall season, we’re looking at different “stories” in scripture to help answer that question. First up? A well-known parable—often called, “The Prodigal Son”—which tells us about a God who runs out to his “Younger Sons” and his “Older Sons,” bringing them home to himself. This is a God of stunning grace.
Anger. All of us experience it; few of us know what to do with it. Thankfully, God gives us wisdom for understanding and handling our anger. With helpful principles from the book of Proverbs and honest, personal illustrations, Pastor Mike Park (Grace Downtown) points us to the wisdom God gives us for our anger.
We’ve been learning that wisdom is “skill for living when there is no obvious rule to go by” (R. Ortlund). Which means we most need wisdom in areas of life that are constantly in flux and rarely black-and-white. Like with relationships—especially within our families. Thankfully, God gives us abundant wisdom to us, whether we’re single, married, or married with children. Let’s take a look.
Proverbs 3:11&ndash12, 5:18–20, 13:24, 17:10, 18:22, 20:7, 22:6, 29:15, 31:10–11, 31:28–29 »
You can’t separate spiritual maturity from emotional maturity. The problem: Most of us are emotional infants: scared, anxious, joyless, critical, defensive, easily annoyed, resentful, unable to process our sadness or our hurt. We need wisdom from God to grow emotionally — after all, God made us as emotional beings and God himself is an emotional being.
Proverbs 12:16; 14:13, 26, 30; 19:19; 23:17–18; 27:4; 28:1; 29:22
“How much am I supposed to put into the offering basket? (And why do I always feel awkward or guilty when the offering is collected?)” It takes wisdom to answer these questions (and more) about offering and tithing. What does God really say? Are Christians really expected to give 10% of their income? How does this relate to our understanding of God’s grace? Here’s where we need to begin: God’s lavish generosity toward us in Christ. How much has God given to you?
God gives us financial resources, whether we’ve got a lot of it or a little, as a blessing. Now what do we do with it? Good news: God also gives us wisdom to know how to use and relate to our financial resources.
Proverbs 10:2, 4, 15, 22; 11:4, 24; 13:23; 15:16–17; 16:19; 18:10–11; 19:17; 23:4–5; 28:6, 11; 30:8–9 »
Guest preacher Glenn Hoburg, senior pastor of Grace Downtown, shares what the book of Proverbs can tell us about caring for our neighbors.
Proverbs 3.27-28, 25.17, 27.14, 11.12, 24.28-29, 17.18, 14.20-21 »
Diligence. The word itself almost makes you tired, doesn’t it? But maybe that’s because we typically misunderstand the true meaning and value of diligence. (Hint: It’s not the same thing as being busy!) Proverbs helps us out. We’re offered wisdom for growing out of our sluggardliness and into an alert, enegertic, joyful engagement with God’s world.
Proverbs 6:6-11; 12:11; 13:4; 15:19; 19:23-24; 21:25-26; 26:13-14, 16 »
A true friend—a dependable, honest, self-sacrificial, burden-bearing, advice-giving, loyal, forgiving friend—is an incredible gift. Most of us realize this. But how do you make friends? Keep friends? BE a friend? These questions require wisdom. Good news, God gives us wisdom for friendship in the book of Proverbs.
We make make plans and set goals for the future all the time—whether casually or carefully, whether for tomorrow, this weekend, next year, or the rest of your life. How should we make these plans? Is planning contrary to living by faith? God gives us wisdom as we face the uncertainties of tomorrow.
Proverbs 11:3; 12:5, 15; 15:22; 16:1-4, 9, 25, 33; 21:5; 27:1