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
Our words matter. They have the power to give life; they have the power to kill. They create and cement—or deter and destroy—relationships. Which is why it’s good news that our words can improve and grow. What happens when wisdom starts to define and direct the who/what/when/where/why/how’s of our speech? The book of Proverbs tells us.
Proverbs 9:7-8; 10:18; 12:23; 15:1, 28; 17:9, 14, 27; 18:2, 8, 13, 20-21; 20:25; 24:26; 25:15, 20; 26:20, 24, 28; 27:5 »
How do we get wisdom? The book of Proverbs is a good place to start. Join us as we kick off this new study on the topic of practical wisdom for friendship, money, work, sexuality, decision-making, and more. But first, what is it? What does it mean to get “wiser”? After all, you can be “smart,” “rich,” “a good person” … and still be a fool.
Hit the pause button on your personal profit so you have something to provide for the poor. This is the message of the “gleaning laws” found in this passage. God has blessed us with “olives,” “grapes,” and “sheaves” of grain—that is, rich skills, abilities, resources, and experiences. And he calls us to offer them to the refugee, widow, and orphan. Which brings us to the important questions: What are your “grapes”?