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In Wisdom for Life we begin our series in Proverbs, examining what the good Christian life looks like for the individual. We live and believe in an age of accelerating technological advances, which, coupled with the erosion of confidence (or even desire for) truth and integrity, requires greater discernment from believers than from any previous generation. In the book of Proverbs writers explore many of the questions we face today with a wisdom that is timeless. Including, how to choose which path to take; how to speak in ways that enhance rather than diminish life; how to avoid laziness; what is a right attitude to wealth; and how to appropriately plan for the future while remaining full of faith in God's provision.

Part 1: Choose Wisely

by Marijke Hoek April 3, 2016 10:30am

Proverbs 9

In Proverbs 9 wisdom is personified in a woman who invites us to come and learn. Wisdom finds delight in human company, Her gifts of life and insight help us to become all we are intended to be - to Live a life worthy of the calling you have received. However, there is also a call from folly, who invites us to ways that end up disastrously.

Part 2: Get Street Smart

by David Fowler April 24, 2016 10:30am

Proverbs 7

Temptation does exactly what is says on the tin and God's people need to get wise and get equipped for defence before the critical moment of choice arrives. The timeless wisdom of Proverbs 7 gives us many pointers.

Part 3: Hunt for Wisdom

by John Hampson May 8, 2016 10:30am

Proverbs 2:1-11

Proverbs tells us to look for Wisdom like hidden treasure. We find that Wisdom in the 'treasure' of knowing Jesus Christ, 'in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom'. We must search for Him with everything we have and seek to know Him better daily. God will then give us wisdom by the 'renewing' of our minds which will lead to Godly thinking and living, resulting in our storing up 'treasures in heaven'.

Part 4: Danger: Words Can Kill

by Tom Ward May 29, 2016 10:30am

Proverbs 7:6 - 8:5

In this message Tom looks at the implications of how we speak and the damage it can cause. He also gives some practical steps for how we can choose wise words and not wicked ones.

Part 5: Opportunity: Words of Life

by John Hampson June 5, 2016 10:30am

Proverbs 16:16-24

The Bible says that our words should be like honey (restorative) and salt (preservative). Does our conversation have this effect in the different areas of our life? Also have we found Jesus Christ for ourselves who has 'the words of eternal life'?

Part 6: Get it Done!

by David Fowler June 26, 2016 10:30am

Don't imitate the sluggard - starting every day late and putting off every necessary action. The writer of Proverbs calls God's people to a life of diligent work - both in response to God's own generosity and in order to give generously to those in need.

Part 7: The Thing About Wealth

by David Fowler July 10, 2016 10:30am

Matthew 6:19-24

Proverbs emphasises that wealth is morally neutral - what counts is what people do with it. God's people are called never to let money replace God in first place in their lives and to put it to great use in order to help his Kingdom values prosper.

Part 8: Open Handed Living

by John Hampson July 17, 2016 10:30am

Proverbs 14:20-31

In considering the topic of generosity we look at God's heart, God's economy, God's society and God's requirements.