The last sermon on Proverbs looked at wisdom and wealth, and we learned that ultimately, our wealth is not ours; it is a gift from God, and we are to steward it on his behalf. In this sermon we will look in more detail as to how we can discharge our stewardship of God’s wealth with wisdom.
How should Christians think about wealth? The church has struggled with how to handle worldly wealth. Monks take vows of poverty while the health and wealth preachers exhort their followers to give to God to get from God. Many of the Proverbs of Solomon, the wealthiest man of his day, address the issue of wealth and poverty, rich and poor. We’ll sift through the book to see what treasures can be mined to help us be wise about wealth.
Pride, one of the “seven deadly sins,” could be called the father of all human sinfulness. If you have ever encountered someone who was proud of their humility, then you know this is true! Proverbs has much to warn us about pride’s dangers and much to teach us about the beauty and benefits of humility.
In the book of Proverbs, we encounter a handful of wisdom sayings that address God’s sovereign and providential control of all his creatures and their actions. These proverbs give helpful insight into the doctrine of providence and how we are to live securely and confidently in God’s fatherly hand.
Throughout the book of Proverbs we meet many characters like the wise king, the foolish son, the prudent man, the sluggard, the mocker, and the brawler. But the main character is undoubtedly the LORD himself. Having a proper understanding of God – actually knowing him personally and his ways, rather than just knowing about him – is essential to living lives of wisdom day by day. What do the various proverbs in the book tell us about the LORD that will help us know him better and live well before his face? We’ll see that Solomon has much to teach us about the God we serve.
The impact of sin on our minds, emotions, and wills has left us incapacitated when it comes to thinking and acting aright. Since God, in his perfect wisdom, sees things properly, he has given his people the Way of Wisdom to follow. This week we’ll start a new sermon series on Topical Proverbs, and we’ll look at the rich treasures to be mined there, along with the recognition that our true source of wisdom is found solely in Christ.
With this sermon, we come to the close of Luke’s gospel, but not the end of the story of Christ’s earthly ministry. In this last section of Luke’s portrait of Jesus, the Son of Man, the Son of God, we’ll see that from his passion through the resurrection, and to his ascension, Jesus is giving hope to people because he has been the fulfillment of God’s age-old promises to deliver his people through his Messiah. We’ll see that the culmination of Jesus’ earthly ministry gives us hope and certainty that God will accomplish all of his divine plan of redemption through Christ.
In the last sermon, we saw that the time for Jesus to be taken up to heaven had drawn near, so he resolutely set out for Jerusalem (9:51). While many events and teaching opportunities occurred in the intervening time (9:52-19:1), we will look at several key episodes in Jesus’ life as he approaches and enters Jerusalem during Passion Week. These incidents will again highlight important themes characteristic of Luke’s portrait of Jesus the Messiah.
After an extended period of ministry in Galilee, Luke tells us that ‘As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.’ This is an important change in Luke’s narrative, and there are a number of important teachings packed into this event.