Sunday, July 21: Proverbs | Anger

“As the beating of cream yields butter and striking the nose causes bleeding, so stirring up anger causes quarrels.”

Proverbs 30:33

Anger is an active .

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.”

James 1:19-21

The Bible speaks to what anger can lead to:

 (“Short-tempered people do foolish things, and schemers are hated.” Proverbs 14:17)

More  (“Hot-tempered people must pay the penalty. If you rescue them once, you will have to do it again.” Proverbs 19:19)

 (“People with understanding control their anger; a hot temper shows great foolishness.” Proverbs 14:29)

of the  (Ecclesiastes 7:9)

and division (Proverbs 15:18)

 (“An angry person starts fights; a hot-tempered person commits all kinds of sin.” Proverbs 29:22)

Hurt (Proverbs 12:18)

Anger is not equated with sin, but it often leads to sin.

So how do we take off anger?

  1. Put on .
  2. your own . 
  3. Trust more than .
  4. on the of God. 


What is wisdom?

Knowledge – truth in relationship
Understanding – insight in meaning
Wisdom – skill in living

How is wisdom personified in the Bible?

What does it mean to be a wisdom seeker?
Prov. 2:1-6

What are the benefits of wisdom?
Prov. 2:10-22

Prov. 3:13-26

Who is the ultimate source of wisdom?
Prov 8:22-36 Wisdom is found in

Prayer for wisdom: Col. 1:9-10



“These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. 2 Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. 3 Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. 4 These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. 5 Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance 6 by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles. 7 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.”

Proverbs 1:1–7

Jesus said, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” 

Words reflect what has of your heart.

Words are capable of… 

1) Setting your

2) Lighting a


4) and Evil 



7) Revealing

James 1:26, “If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.” 

United Together / Philippians 4:1-9

“Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved. I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.” Philippians 4:1-5a

What has the greatest possession of your heart?

Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.”

Everything else is less important than Jesus.

Joy is determined by that God is in control.

“The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:5b-9

Everything is to be a Every area of our life is a concern to God.

Godly peace is determined by who is and what he has already done.

“How can we gain the peace of God?”

United Together / Philippians 3:12-21


Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14

Christian growth is a process that stems from the awareness of being apprehended by Christ Jesus. 

Jesus made me his own.

15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained. 17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

Maturity impacts your thinking.

Three must of thinking with spiritual maturity:

1) Holding true and pressing on toward salvation 

2) Keep your eyes focused on Jesus 

3) Know who you are following 

“We have our home in heaven, and here on earth we are a colony of heaven’s citizens.” Paul is saying: “Just as the Roman colonists never forgot that they belong to Rome, you must never forget that you are citizens of heaven; and your conduct must match your citizenship.”

“Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you. Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.” Philippians 3:1-6 

True hope (circumcision) is found by…

1) Worshiping God in the Spirit

2) Rejoicing in Christ Jesus

3) Having no confidence in the flesh

Is your confidence in the correct thing?

Joy has less to do with what is going , and more to do with what is going on  

A relationship with  is the center of the

The foundation of our spiritual life is in what has done for , not in what we can do for

Knowing Jesus is Always Better. 

Timothy and Epaphroditus

19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you. 20 For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. 22 But you know Timothy’s proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel. 23 I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, 24 and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.

25 I have thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus my brother and fellow worker and fellow soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need, 26 for he has been longing for you all and has been distressed because you heard that he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, near to death. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I am the more eager to send him, therefore, that you may rejoice at seeing him again, and that I may be less anxious. 29 So receive him in the Lord with all joy, and honor such men, 30 for he nearly died for the work of Christ, risking his life to complete what was lacking in your service to me.

Philippians 2:19-30



When we realize how God has worked in  we must live for

  1. Why do you want others to be transformed?
  2. Do you have the mind of Christ?
  3. How’s your heart?

When you think about suffering, what comes to mind? Do you envision bedraggled children with distended stomachs, a hospital patient hooked up to life-sustaining medical equipment, or a courageous veteran dealing with the aftermath of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Adversity seems to be a common denominator to human existence, but what does the Bible have to say about suffering?

Jesus spoke to His disciples about suffering. One of the most well-known verses reads, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24 ESV). The Greek word for cross in this verse is staurós. It refers to the crossbeam which the lowest criminals carried as they trudged toward their execution. The cross symbolized degradation and indescribable pain as well as sacrifice.

While the invitation to eternal life is free, it comes at a price–certain suffering.


Worship Notes                June 2, 2024

12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

14 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, 15 that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, 16 holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. 17 Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.

18 Likewise you also should be glad and rejoice with me.

Philippians 2:12-18


God has done a work in you!

Authentic salvation leads to an active faith

2:14-16 | Directions for working out your salvation