Proverbs are everywhere!

They are short and memorable sayings that provide insight and instruction to anyone who is willing to hear.

If someone is walking around in a fog or distracted, you might say, “Wake up and smell the coffee.” When someone is disorganized you quip, “Get your ducks in a row”, and when they are crumbling under pressure you tell them, “If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.

Proverbs are a part of our life. And they are a part of our Bible.

The Bible is the cosmic story of how God has worked in the world, in history, and through His Son to save a people for Himself. And within that cosmic story there was a moment when the Holy Spirit inspired an elderly King Solomon to give wisdom to his children, so that all of God’s children can live wisely in the here and now.

The book of Proverbs shows that the Bible cares about both eternal matters that deal with Heaven and Hell, and temporal matters that we engage with everyday. In a world where there are voices screaming at us from every angle about what is good, true and beautiful, Proverbs provides the still small voice of Lady Wisdom to teach us what is generally (but not always) true, so that those who are willing to listen can live the good life here and now.

We will be spending the next few weeks looking at what some of these proverbial sayings have to teach us about the good, the true, and the beautiful. Because if we listen to Lady Wisdom, our lives will go well.

Which is actually a kind of proverb in itself.

See… proverbs are everywhere.


True Beauty

Abbotsford – July 16, 2017 – Proverbs 31:30

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  • In what ways have you experienced the temptation to invest a lot of time and money in physical beauty? In what ways is pursuing physical beauty good? When does it go too far?
  • What does it look like to become a person who “fears the Lord”? How would you go about fostering that fear?
  • Do you think our society is changing its mind more recently regarding how physical beauty is defined and the value of inner beauty? What examples can you give to justify your answer?

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Nobodies and Somebodies

Abbotsford – July 9, 2017 – Proverbs 12:9

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  • Why do we struggle so much with accepting God’s providence in our lives?
  • When should we be seeking to change our circumstances instead of simply accepting them?
  • When should we be accepting our circumstances instead of trying to change them?

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Ants and Sluggards

Abbotsford – July 2, 2017 – Proverbs 6:6-11

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  • In what ways is procrastination a problem for you?
  • Why do we wait to do things that we know we ought to do?
  • When is being a sluggard a good thing, when is it bad?

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Contradicting Fools

Abbotsford – June 25, 2017 – Proverbs 26:4-5
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  • Why do we struggle to respond in ways that aren’t foolish when engaging people acting foolishly?
  • What are the dangers in not responding to someone who is acting foolishly? Who is affected by your silence?
  • How would you explain to someone else how to answer someone acting foolishly without becoming foolish yourself? What pitfalls would you tell them to avoid?

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The way they should go

Abbotsford – June 18, 2017 – Proverbs 22:6

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  • What are some of the ”good” goals parents have for their kids? Why are they ultimately not great goals?
  • How would you explain the Problem and the Solution for all of humanity to a non-believing friend?
  • Did you have parents that really lived the gospel? What impact did that have on your approach to faith in Jesus?

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Wisdom and her benefits

Abbotsford – June 11, 2017 – Proverbs 2:1-11
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  • Proverbs from the book of Proverbs are from a parent to a child. What cultural forces stop us from listening to the wisdom of the older generations?
  • Are the cultural forces the same in the West as they are in the East for listening to older generations?
  • Why do you think it is so hard to choose to listen to Godly wisdom, and so easy to listen to wicked men (verse 12) and the adulterous woman (verse 16)?

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