What is Wisdom?
January 10, 2016 Series: Proverbs: Wisdom and Human Flourishing
Topic: Wisdom Passage: Proverbs 1:1–1:7
How do you choose a career? Or who to marry? Or whether you should get married? Or, if you are a parent, how do you determine whether you should home school or send your children to private or public school? Are there black and white rules to follow which will tell us in every situation exactly what to do? Or how do we live as a representative of Christ in our pluralistic society which can’t even agree on issues of right and wrong? What do we need to navigate in such a world as this? In a word, wisdom. And the Book of Proverbs was written to give us authoritative guidance in wisdom for practical living. As such, it is a book of application. It is a very practical book. We begin this morning a series of sermons on the book of Proverbs.
We will be exploring this book for the next several months. And this morning we will be introducing this book with an overview that will explore the goal of attaining wisdom under three headings. (1) The Necessity of Wisdom. Here we will explore the importance of wisdom and look at the primary of the book, King Solomon. (2) The Definition of Wisdom. We will explore the structure of the book and what wisdom is. (3) The Foundation of Wisdom, which is found in v.7 the motto for the entire book. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.