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This series of sermons follows an outline from a series of studies put together by Antony Billington who works for the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity.

Part 1: A Lord to Honour

by Chris Mellor June 2, 2019 6:30pm

Proverbs 1:1-7

The Book of Proverbs puts God at the centre of our lives, not us. Sometimes we can put God at the periphery and only call him in when we need something. This book teaches us that we find true wisdom only in relationship to him and in reverence of him.

Part 2: A Path to Take

by Eddy Inglis June 9, 2019 6:30pm

Proverbs 2:1-22

Getting on the wrong path can lead us in the wrong direction and have terrible consequences. The father instructs his son to walk the way of wisdom which lead to life and avoid the way of folly which leads to death. We are recommended to take the path which involves the fear of the Lord. The benefits of such a path are reinforced for us. We have a clearer understanding of the competing perspectives life places before us. We have a deeper understanding of the world God has made and how best to live in it.

Part 3: A Choice to Make

by Tom Ward June 16, 2019 6:30pm

Proverbs 9:1-18

In life two invitations are placed before us. Which one will we choose. Both Wisdom and Folly call out to us. Whose hospitality will we accept?

Part 4: A Life to Pursue

by Dave King June 23, 2019 6:30pm

Proverbs 15:16-33

Everyday a different collection of issues are placed before us. Maybe we have to deal with a rude employer, a particularly troubled friend or a demanding family member. How does wisdom speak into such contexts. We cannot always predict what we might face and sometimes we have to respond in the moment. Chapters 10-29 of Proverbs largely contain individual proverbial sayings. Their randomness remind us of the seemingly random issues and situations we face in life. Our lives are not divided into neat and tidy segments. God wants us to be wise in every area of life and not just one.

Part 5: A Way to Speak

by Eddy Inglis June 30, 2019 6:30pm

Proverbs 10:18-21, 11:11-13, 25:11-15, 26:17-22

Words do things, whether it is the sweet nothings of lovers or the barked commands of a generals. Our words have enormous power to tear down or build up, to hurt or heal, to manipulate or mould. It is no wonder that there are more individual proverbs about the tongue than any other topic. In our everyday lives when we open our mouths we reveal something of who we are – for good or ill.

Part 6: A Model to Follow

by Marjike Hoeke July 7, 2019 6:30pm

Proverbs 31:10-31

What might a life lived well look like? At the beginning of the Book of Proverbs we were reminded that this involves ‘fear of the Lord’ – the reverent, eager recognition that the Lord is the source of all true wisdom, knowledge and guidance. In this passage we see a snapshot of what such a life looks like.