Sermon – Wisdom in Leadership (1 Cor 3:18-4:13)

Read the text – 1 Corinthians 3:18-4:13

What does a faithful leader under Christ look like: a steward and servant. In fact, a fool, and one whom you should imitate in Christ. In this Bible talk, Gary Haddon helps us to think through who a disciple follows and why – for it should be Christ whom we follow, as demonstrated by a leader who shows themselves to be faithful. They must strive to imitate Christ, being willing to become the scum of the earth in the process!

Sermon – Theological Foundations (1 Cor 3:1-17)

Read the text – 1 Corinthians 3:1-17

Growing up in faith means being built up upon the only true foundation Jesus Christ and grown by God. Take care, anyone who builds upon that foundation, for your work will be tested.

In this talk, Ken Noakes helps us to understand that growing in faith is grounded in what God has done through Jesus, yet demonstrated in the various ways that we each serve to build up his church. And we are warned that the good we do (under God) will last while the bad will be destroyed.

Sermon – Spiritual Wisdom (1 Cor 2:6-16)

Read the text – 1 Corinthians 2:6-16

What should hold a church together – Our relationships? Our feeling of belonging? Our gospel convictions? Jesus? The Apostle Paul wrote this extraordinary letter to a church he knew well, yet a church which had got itself into a bit of a muddle. It turns out that the Christian Family does matter – and it is important to ensure that Jesus sits at the heart and soul of this church and in fact any church.

In this talk, Ken Noakes looks at what it means to be mature in Christ by understanding the wisdom of God, which is impossible without the Spirit revealing it to us.

Sermon – Foolish Wisdom (1 Cor 1:18-2:5)

Read the text – 1 Corinthians 1:18-2:5

The Apostle Paul wrote this extraordinary letter to a church he knew well, yet a church which had got itself into a bit of a muddle. The Christian Family matters so it is important to ensure that Jesus sits at the heart and soul of this church and in fact any church.

In this talk, Jared Lidgerwood holds up a mirror toward the Christian family and looks at the different ways that we consider something to be wise. The point: worldly wisdom is not match for the foolishness of God who saves through Christ crucified. Really?

Sermon Series – Wisdom in Relationships (Proverbs)

In every stage of life, what we often need and frequently lack, is wisdom. Whether seeking or being married, relating to our children or relating as adults to our parents, there are potholes that rattle us. Proverbs anticipates our struggles and offers timeless wisdom, warning and instruction that find their zenith in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Building Wisdom: Husband and Wife

This sermon looks at the need for faithfulness in a marriage, and the greatest example of this being Christ and the church.

Read the passages – Proverbs 6:20-35 Ephesians 5:21-33

Banking Wisdom: Parent to Child

Proverbs assumes the need to love our children through discipline, as hard as this is in practice. This sermon investigates the idea of discipline, as well as the ways that God loves us through his discipline of us as his children.

Read the passages – Proverbs 14:1-4 Hebrews 12:3-17

(Question time included after sermon)

Honouring Wisdom: Adult to Parent

This sermon looks at our struggle to heed all the wisdom our parents have to offer, often due to pride. We should honour our earthly parents naturally as we live out our faith in honouring our heavenly Father, perfectly modelled by Jesus.

Read the passages – Proverbs 23:22-25 Ephesians 6:1-3

Sermon – Wisdom Lived: Poverty and Wealth (Proverbs)

While poverty or wealth often correlates with foolishness and wisdom respectively there are other times when the wise must choose wisdom over wealth.  Wealth is fleeting, especially for the fool and hence a wise person will be generous towards those in poverty. This talk explores what Proverbs says about worldly riches.

Read the Bible texts – Proverbs 11:1-312 Cor 8:1-15

Sermon – Wisdom Lived: Friends and Mates (Proverbs)

A true friend chooses to love us, unlike family who we are stuck with.  True friendship involves choice to love at cost and should be held onto dearly.  Hence a true friend will seek our best, even if this is not easy.  Again, for this reason, Jesus proves to be the ultimate friend. This sermon explores what Proverbs says about friendship.

Read the Bible texts – Proverbs 27John 15:1-17

Sermon – Wisdom Lived: Speech and Words (Proverbs)

Our words have a moral status in the eyes of God.  Proverbs recognises the great power of our words to bring life or death, prosperity or poverty, wisdom or folly.

With our words we can condemn others and even ourselves.

If our words and tongue are so potent, we need God’s words to accept us, save us and protect us. This sermon looks at how.

Read the Bible text – Proverbs 1:1-7

Sermon – Wisdom Lived: Work and Play (Proverbs)

There is humility in learning from an ant. Proverbs reminds us of the consequences of laziness and yet also encourages us to enjoy the good gifts of creation.  Christ is the ultimate worker, being perfectly rich, he worked for our salvation. This Sermon explores what Proverbs says about work.

Read the Bible text – Proverbs 6:6-11

Sermon – A Festal Garment (Ecclesiastes)

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Do you love a good party? Go back a millennium and you may have found yourself at an Israelite party – or ‘festival’ to be more accurate. Israel as the people for God conducted festivals which celebrated or reminded them of what God had done for his people. At these festivals they would read out one of their (Old Testament) scrolls – Ruth at Pentecost, Song of Songs and Passover, Ecclesiastes at the Feast of Tabernacles, Esther at Purim and Lamentations at the anniversary of the destruction of Jerusalem. This custom was not continued by the Christian church.

Yet these little books exist in our Bible and it is not often that you hear them preached. So, in our Five Festal Garments series we are going to look at these little biblical treasure troves and see what Christians can learn today as we get dressed to live godly lives.

Let’s look at the Book of Ecclesiastes

Read the Bible text – Ecclesiastes

– Dave Swan

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