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The Book of Proverbs - Part 1

We apologize, but Pastor Dave's sermon could not be properly recorded. Below is a video compilation of his slides including a video he used to start his message.

The Book of Proverbs

Part 1


Proverbs state things that are

GENERALLY true

but not in EVERY single case.


Example:

“Many hands make light work.”

True or False?


“Don't judge a book by its cover.”

“An Apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

“Better late than never.”


Pro / Verb 

Pro - [In place of]

Verb - [Words]


Short sentences that take the place of Long paragraphs. 


Proverbs includes all types of people.

The truth of a Proverb applies to everyone.

There are over 180 types of people.


Wrong Ways of Dealing with Problems

1. Ignorers (Turtle or Ostrich) conclude that problems are not that big or important.


2.Pessimists - see some problems as impossible to solve, therefore default to becoming “Ignorers”. 


3.Pass-the-Buck people – They don’t take personal responsibility for the problem. Instead they will blame someone else, or something else.  

(Note: There is a difference between “Reasons” and “Excuses”.)


The Right Way of Dealing with Problems

1.Head on taking personal responsibility for your part in the problem, then

 

2. Proceed with God’s guidance.


No Wisdom Can Stand Up to God’s Wisdom 

“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.” 

-Proverbs 21:30


“Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear [Respect] the LORD and shun evil.”  

-Proverbs 3:7


“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

-Matthew 7:13-14


The Wise and Foolish Builders

Jesus said; “Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But [by contrast] everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.”

-Matthew 7:24-29


Similarities

Both heard from Jesus the way of salvation.

Both built a house. (Built their life).

Both think their house is safe and secure.

Both houses are built in the same area.

(Hit by the same Winds, Floods and Rain)

 Both houses “outwardly” look the same.  


Differences

The differences are not noticeable from the “outside”.

The one builds with “Divine Specifications”.

The other builds with “Their Own Specs.”

(Two different “Building Codes”)

The biggest difference is how they build their “Foundation”.


Rock = A large expanse of bedrock.

Sand = Loose, unstable and extremely movable.


The Real Estate Agents who were selling the Houses built on Sand were the false prophets that Jesus warned about. 


The “Rock” is the words of Jesus.


“Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; YET it did NOT fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.


The House on the Rock

People who have a scriptural view of:

• Themselves. (A “forgiven”, “sinful” person)

• The “World”. (Which is opposed to Jesus)

• The Scriptures not being reinterpreted.

 

The House on Sand

People who:

• Have worldly opinions that are always shifting “With the times” like sand.

• Build their lives on self-will, self-purpose, self-sufficiency, self-satisfaction, self-righteousness, and are unteachable about true biblical truth issues. (Superficial) 


The only difference between the Rock-foundation people and the Sand-foundation people is the way the water and the winds affect their houses.


“There are those who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not cleansed of their filth”

-Proverbs 30:12

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