The Wisdom of Proverbs

April 6, 2024   /   Brian T. Anderson   /   Vineyard Church North Phoenix

The Pursuit of Wisdom
The Wisdom of Proverbs

I. Introduction

A. Proverbs 1:1-7 (NLT) 1These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. 2Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. 3Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. 4These proverbs will give insight to the simple, knowledge and discernment to the young. 5Let the wise listen to these proverbs and become even wiser. Let those with understanding receive guidance 6by exploring the meaning in these proverbs and parables, the words of the wise and their riddles. 7Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.

1. Biblical wisdom is the ability to discern—in my actual life—what is the God-honoring, course of action to take!

2. Folly is rebellion against .

B. Proverbs 11:22 (NLT) A beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout.

C. There are 3 kinds of statements in Scripture.



3. Proverbs

a. A Proverb is a catchy description about the way things “” are.

D. Proverbs 11:25 (NLT) The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

E. Proverbs 24:27 (NLT) Do your planning and prepare your fields before building your house.

F. Proverbs 26:4-5 (NLT) 4Don’t answer the foolish arguments of fools, or you will become as foolish as they are. 5Be sure to answer the foolish arguments of fools, or they will become wise in their own estimation.

1. Benefiting from Proverbs requires using them with .

2. We need to realize, among other things, sin is . It’s foolishness.

3. God forbids sin because it’s inevitably !

G. Proverbs 10:19 (NAS) When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, but he who restrains his lips is wise.

1. The spiritual discipline of

H. Proverbs 10:25 (NLT) When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.

I. Proverbs 12:1 (NAS) Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.

1. Whenever God sends any kind of discipline our way—even through imperfect vessels—it’s always because He !

J. Proverbs 27:15 (NLT) A quarrelsome wife is as annoying as constant dripping on a rainy day.

K. Proverbs 19:17 (NAS) One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the LORD, and He will repay him for his good deed.

L. Colossians 2:3 (NLT) In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

1. Ultimately, is our as we enroll in “God’s School of Wisdom” together!

II. Conclusion


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