Posts Tagged 'wise guys'

Learn to Discern: Going in God’s Will

Learn to Discern: Going in God’s Will Sermon Audio Here

Matthew 13:47-52

When planning for a road trip: what do you do to make sure it’s a good trip? What do you bring? Leave behind?

As You Are GOING (into all the world)…

Weigh Carefully ~ Matthew 13:47-48

  • 47 notice that all kinds are caught: people, ideas
  • 48 AFTER the catch, the results are examined: people, ideas
    (WE can’t judge people, but we CAN use discernment about ideas: what lines up with God’s Word? What conforms to God’s Will, and fits in God’s Kingdom?)

Live Intentionally ~ Matthew 13:49-52

  • 49/50 Wicked end: 1) away from God; 2) unpleasant; 3) awareness (why wouldn’t we warn? => kid w/ RADAR AHEAD sign)
  • 51/52 God is doing new things even today
    (cf. Isa. 43:18-19: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way...)

Depend Wisely ~ 1 Kings 3:9

  • So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?”
  • We follow God’s example: He calls to all people, so should we. He’s responsible for the final judgment, we’re not. In the meantime, we pay attention, examine the new, keep what’s worthy, and make it available with the best of tradition.

God examines people; we examine ideas. God calls the world to Himself; we can’t shut out the world completely, but instead use careful discernment to discover is God is doing a new thing that we didn’t realize. We depend upon God’s given wisdom to help us learn to discern!

Epiphany: Understanding the Directions

Epiphany: Understanding the Directions Sermon Audio Here

Matthew 2:1-12

In the old days, before the ever-present use of satellite technology, to find one’s way around the world took careful research and a good map.

Finding Our Way Like the Magi Means:

Seeking Sets Up Wisdom ~ Matthew 2:1-2

  • v1 magi=”oriental scientist”, observe/interpret world
  • v2 looked for meaning; acted on it: cf. James 1:5 (ask God for it)

Refining Required for Wisdom ~ Matthew 2:3-6

  • v3/4 disturbed; couldn’t be bothered to seek for himself
  • v5/6 wisdom IS available for those who bother to actually seek: cf. Job 28 compares gaining wisdom with the process of mining: hard work which requires refinement

Practicing the Process of Wisdom ~ Matthew 2:7-12

  • v7/8 Herod wants to subvert Magi’s seeking for his own agenda
  • v9 went ahead: another miraculous overlay – not JUST looking for wisdom through observation, but now depending upon God’s direct intervention
  • v10/12 response to direct intervention: joy, worship, fulfillment (they left differently).

This is still true: when we interact with God directly, we discover joy, enter into worship, and find fulfillment as God leads us in different directions.

All This Is Temporary

All This Is Temporary Sermon Audio Here

Thoughts from the Teacher - a study in Ecclesiastes
Ecclesiastes 1:12-18
How can we prevent worldly distraction?

Think Carefully

Apply Ourselves to Learn Wisdom

Absorb Wisdom Together

Abide in Wisdom

It’s okay to appreciate solid information, or logical rhetoric, but at the core of it all, hold onto godly wisdom. LIVE in Christ.


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