Dangerous wisdom

 

Studying the book of Proverbs in a pursuit of wisdom is not only wise, it is fraught with dangers which could, unwittingly, lead us to play the fool.  This first of two introductions to the book will help us avoid such perilous pitfalls.

 

Speaker: Andy Perry

 

The Big Picture

 

Studying the book of Proverbs in a pursuit of wisdom requires understanding how its 31 chapters fit together and how its unique, poetic language is custom-made to help us become more wise.  This second introductory message helps us get the big picture, preparing us for what's ahead.

 

Speaker: Andy Perry

 

The Beginning of Wisdom

 

Why do we need to learn wisdom?  The opening verses of Proverbs 1 reveal how needy we are.  But they also give us the key to wisdom acquisition: a proper fear of the Lord.  But what exactly does that mean, and how do we nurture it?  Listen to find out.

 

Speaker: Andy Perry

 

A Tale of Two Voices

 

The most prominent theme in Proverbs chapters 1-9 is the competition for our souls between two competing voices: Lady Wisdom and Woman Folly.  This message helps us understand how heeding Lady Wisdom's call leads to life, but Woman Folly's seducing voice leads to our doom.

 

Speaker: Andy Perry

 

Wisdom that perseveres

 

In chapter one Solomon called his sons to learn the value of biblical wisdom.  Now he reinforces that by reminding them to remember what they learn, love it, and apply it to their lives to the very end.  Since this message was not recorded, the manuscript is supplied.

 

Speaker: Andy Perry

 

The 'how' of wisdom

 

After looking at the 'what' of wisdom (fear of the Lord) and the 'why' of wisdom (promised blessing), Proverbs 3:5-12 lays the third foundation stone to our study: the 'how' of wisdom: trustin the Lord.  Since this message was not recorded, the manuscript is supplied.

 

Speaker: Andy Perry

 

Wisdom - a reflection of Christ


Who is this "lady wisdom" referred to so often in Proverrbs?  This message helps answer that question and not only shows us the way to wise relationships but to the centrality of Christ in all of Proverbs.



Speaker: Andy Perry


 Urgent Wisdom 

 

Urgency defines the tone of Proverbs 4 as Solomon pleads with his sons to lay hold of wisdom, letting it train them to be godly and run from sin.  This chapter also explores why the image of an attractive woman was used to make wisdom particularly enticing for young men.

 

 

Speaker: Andy Perry

 

 Wise Marital Purity 

 

Proverbs chapters 5-7 are all about the wisdom of marital faithfulness.  That involves both a good offense and a good defense.  This message focuses on the defense needed to keep oneself from the danger of unfaithfulness and sexual sin needed to nurture godly, marital joy.

 

 

Speaker: Andy Perry

 

 Wise Marital Satisfaction 


Proverbs chapters 5-7 are all about the wisdom of marital faithfulness.  That involves both a good offense and a good defense.  This message focuses on the offense needed to keep your marriage vibrant and joy-filled, both through sexual delight and sacrificial love.



Speaker: Andy Perry


 The Value of Wisdom 

 

Proverbs chapter 8 reminds us of the centrality of Christ to this book, since Jesus is the epitome of wisdom.  In this message we also find Solomon impressing on his sons the value of wisdom in making future plans, in pursuing holiness, and becoming a positive influence to others.

 

 

Speaker: Andy Perry

 

 A Tale of Two Houses 

 

Proverbs chapter 9 lays the final foundation stone of wisdom as Solomon implores his sons to chose to "live" in the house of Lady Wisdom, not Woman Folly.  This message helps us understand the blessings of entering and helping others enter her house, and avoiding the other.

 

 

Speaker: Andy Perry

 

 The Portrait of a Wise Man 

 

With the foundation for wisdom laid in chapters 1-9, chapters 10-31 topically explore various character qualities of wisdom.  Today's message gives a bird's eye view of who a wise person is and what he does - focusing on two chief qualities: godliness and self-mastery.

 

 

Speaker: Andy Perry

 

 The Portrait of a Fool 

 

With the foundation for wisdom laid in chapters 1-9, chapters 10-31 topically explore various character qualities of wisdom.  Today's message gives a bird's eye view of who a fool is and what he does - focusing on how that manifests in his relationships with himself, others, and the Lord.

 

 

Speaker: Andy Perry