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  • Two roads - by Mike Emslie
    over them 9 the ability to make right and good choices 10 the important turning point 11 not only does God protect and guard you 8 your right and good choices will do the same successful life why some are always in trouble Examples in real life 12 15 6 12 15 if you walk the wise path you will be spared this but if not 16 19 5 1 6 spared this life instead of death but if not 20 22 and this is where the rubber really hits the road There are only 2 ways to live And your choice my son will determine not just consequences for today and tomorrow but for the future that stretches out into the distance Life in the Promised Land which was a picture of the Paradise lost in Eden regained A picture ultimately of heaven Let s look at that a little bit more as we look to apply this to our lives as people living this side of the cross After the fall into sin when paradise the Garden of Eden was lost to mankind and they were separated from God and under His judgement God promised Abraham in Genesis 12 that one day his children would form a nation that would get a piece of land a special place a new paradise later explained in those terms where God and His people could be together again to live under His blessing Then God gave what became Israel their Promised Land And He told them and I will use the language of Proverbs that if they continue to fear God obey Him and walk the path of His wisdom then they would be blessed and would always live in this special land under God s blessing But if they walked the path of foolishness not fearing God and disobeying Him they would face ruin and again lose paradise You can see that in Deuteronomy 28 King Solomon the very one writing this part of Proverbs understood that that s why he writes the way He does in Proverbs 2 But unfortunately Solomon himself the wisest king to ever live eventually left the path of wisdom if then and he walked the path of foolishness as did most of the kings after him and most of the people And so God kept His promise and they lost the land which was actually symbolic of something far worse in their relationship with God But God so loved the world that He gave His Son the perfectly wise King in whom we saw two weeks ago in Colossians 2 3 is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge More than that He is wisdom He on the cross opened a new way a new path of wisdom that all who trust in Christ will never leave because when they enter that way God transforms them so radically that they never leave the way and follow it to its glorious end in a

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  • Two roads - by Mike Emslie
    the ability to make right and good choices 10 the important turning point 11 not only does God protect and guard you 8 your right and good choices will do the same successful life why some are always in trouble Examples in real life 12 15 6 12 15 if you walk the wise path you will be spared this but if not 16 19 5 1 6 spared this life instead of death but if not 20 22 and this is where the rubber really hits the road There are only 2 ways to live And your choice my son will determine not just consequences for today and tomorrow but for the future that stretches out into the distance Life in the Promised Land which was a picture of the Paradise lost in Eden regained A picture ultimately of heaven Let s look at that a little bit more as we look to apply this to our lives as people living this side of the cross After the fall into sin when paradise the Garden of Eden was lost to mankind and they were separated from God and under His judgement God promised Abraham in Genesis 12 that one day his children would form a nation that would get a piece of land a special place a new paradise later explained in those terms where God and His people could be together again to live under His blessing Then God gave what became Israel their Promised Land And He told them and I will use the language of Proverbs that if they continue to fear God obey Him and walk the path of His wisdom then they would be blessed and would always live in this special land under God s blessing But if they walked the path of foolishness not fearing God and disobeying Him they would face ruin and again lose paradise You can see that in Deuteronomy 28 King Solomon the very one writing this part of Proverbs understood that that s why he writes the way He does in Proverbs 2 But unfortunately Solomon himself the wisest king to ever live eventually left the path of wisdom if then and he walked the path of foolishness as did most of the kings after him and most of the people And so God kept His promise and they lost the land which was actually symbolic of something far worse in their relationship with God But God so loved the world that He gave His Son the perfectly wise King in whom we saw two weeks ago in Colossians 2 3 is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge More than that He is wisdom He on the cross opened a new way a new path of wisdom that all who trust in Christ will never leave because when they enter that way God transforms them so radically that they never leave the way and follow it to its glorious end in a new paradise a

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  • Two roads - by Mike Emslie
    over them 9 the ability to make right and good choices 10 the important turning point 11 not only does God protect and guard you 8 your right and good choices will do the same successful life why some are always in trouble Examples in real life 12 15 6 12 15 if you walk the wise path you will be spared this but if not 16 19 5 1 6 spared this life instead of death but if not 20 22 and this is where the rubber really hits the road There are only 2 ways to live And your choice my son will determine not just consequences for today and tomorrow but for the future that stretches out into the distance Life in the Promised Land which was a picture of the Paradise lost in Eden regained A picture ultimately of heaven Let s look at that a little bit more as we look to apply this to our lives as people living this side of the cross After the fall into sin when paradise the Garden of Eden was lost to mankind and they were separated from God and under His judgement God promised Abraham in Genesis 12 that one day his children would form a nation that would get a piece of land a special place a new paradise later explained in those terms where God and His people could be together again to live under His blessing Then God gave what became Israel their Promised Land And He told them and I will use the language of Proverbs that if they continue to fear God obey Him and walk the path of His wisdom then they would be blessed and would always live in this special land under God s blessing But if they walked the path of foolishness not fearing God and disobeying Him they would face ruin and again lose paradise You can see that in Deuteronomy 28 King Solomon the very one writing this part of Proverbs understood that that s why he writes the way He does in Proverbs 2 But unfortunately Solomon himself the wisest king to ever live eventually left the path of wisdom if then and he walked the path of foolishness as did most of the kings after him and most of the people And so God kept His promise and they lost the land which was actually symbolic of something far worse in their relationship with God But God so loved the world that He gave His Son the perfectly wise King in whom we saw two weeks ago in Colossians 2 3 is hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge More than that He is wisdom He on the cross opened a new way a new path of wisdom that all who trust in Christ will never leave because when they enter that way God transforms them so radically that they never leave the way and follow it to its glorious end in a

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  • Becoming Wise - by Mike Emslie
    if that is true then we need to understand what wisdom is And that is what you will get from The Book Of Wisdom Here we will learn what wisdom is How to become wise How to live wisely And that all starts here in the introduction Wisdom involves knowledge Note that throughout the passage To become wise we need to engage our minds It s not primarily some mystical experience But wisdom is also not just some ivory tower theoretical thing it is an intensely practical everyday thing Go through again and note that So when trying to come to grips with what wisdom is we see in Proverbs that wisdom is not just knowledge It is knowledge put into practice And so one commentator says about wisdom It s not about getting a master s degree so much as mastering life Wisdom is about being street smart rather than just having lots of theoretical knowledge It s the difference between someone who just graduated with an MBA and someone who has been out there in the business world for ten years and knows how to deal with people and achieve successful outcomes But there is more to the wisdom of Proverbs than just knowledge put into practice Wisdom comes from the kind of knowledge that springs from a right relationship with God and gets put into practice in a way that pleases God And that is spelled out in vs 7 Key verse really to help us understand the whole of Proverbs The fear of the Lord here in Proverbs is not just awe respect and reverence there is much more of an edge to it than just that It s knowing who the Lord is His holiness How much He hates sin and evil 8 13 And then out of fear of His judgement on sin and evil deciding to acquire the kind of knowledge that will give wisdom and discipline to hate what God hates and live life in a way that pleases Him There is no right knowledge and true wisdom without turning against evil and sin and continuing to do so Which is why in 1 7 fools denotes one who is morally deficient footnote in the NIV they despise the kind of wisdom and lifestyle that does not plunge them into the self pleasuring world of sin and evil But unfortunately that plunge into sin and evil will also plunge them into God s eternal judgement But the great news is that wisdom is for everyone anyone who wants it can have it anyone can become wise 1 4 5 The simple The young The already wise The discerning And therefore escape judgement that is the value of the wisdom of Proverbs So what do we sitting here in 2016 get from reading this passage in Proverbs in the OT about wisdom We are not Jews living in the 900s BC in Israel under the rule of Solomon before the coming of the

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  • Becoming Wise - by Mike Emslie
    then we need to understand what wisdom is And that is what you will get from The Book Of Wisdom Here we will learn what wisdom is How to become wise How to live wisely And that all starts here in the introduction Wisdom involves knowledge Note that throughout the passage To become wise we need to engage our minds It s not primarily some mystical experience But wisdom is also not just some ivory tower theoretical thing it is an intensely practical everyday thing Go through again and note that So when trying to come to grips with what wisdom is we see in Proverbs that wisdom is not just knowledge It is knowledge put into practice And so one commentator says about wisdom It s not about getting a master s degree so much as mastering life Wisdom is about being street smart rather than just having lots of theoretical knowledge It s the difference between someone who just graduated with an MBA and someone who has been out there in the business world for ten years and knows how to deal with people and achieve successful outcomes But there is more to the wisdom of Proverbs than just knowledge put into practice Wisdom comes from the kind of knowledge that springs from a right relationship with God and gets put into practice in a way that pleases God And that is spelled out in vs 7 Key verse really to help us understand the whole of Proverbs The fear of the Lord here in Proverbs is not just awe respect and reverence there is much more of an edge to it than just that It s knowing who the Lord is His holiness How much He hates sin and evil 8 13 And then out of fear of His judgement on sin and evil deciding to acquire the kind of knowledge that will give wisdom and discipline to hate what God hates and live life in a way that pleases Him There is no right knowledge and true wisdom without turning against evil and sin and continuing to do so Which is why in 1 7 fools denotes one who is morally deficient footnote in the NIV they despise the kind of wisdom and lifestyle that does not plunge them into the self pleasuring world of sin and evil But unfortunately that plunge into sin and evil will also plunge them into God s eternal judgement But the great news is that wisdom is for everyone anyone who wants it can have it anyone can become wise 1 4 5 The simple The young The already wise The discerning And therefore escape judgement that is the value of the wisdom of Proverbs So what do we sitting here in 2016 get from reading this passage in Proverbs in the OT about wisdom We are not Jews living in the 900s BC in Israel under the rule of Solomon before the coming of the Messiah We should not

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  • Becoming Wise - by Mike Emslie
    if that is true then we need to understand what wisdom is And that is what you will get from The Book Of Wisdom Here we will learn what wisdom is How to become wise How to live wisely And that all starts here in the introduction Wisdom involves knowledge Note that throughout the passage To become wise we need to engage our minds It s not primarily some mystical experience But wisdom is also not just some ivory tower theoretical thing it is an intensely practical everyday thing Go through again and note that So when trying to come to grips with what wisdom is we see in Proverbs that wisdom is not just knowledge It is knowledge put into practice And so one commentator says about wisdom It s not about getting a master s degree so much as mastering life Wisdom is about being street smart rather than just having lots of theoretical knowledge It s the difference between someone who just graduated with an MBA and someone who has been out there in the business world for ten years and knows how to deal with people and achieve successful outcomes But there is more to the wisdom of Proverbs than just knowledge put into practice Wisdom comes from the kind of knowledge that springs from a right relationship with God and gets put into practice in a way that pleases God And that is spelled out in vs 7 Key verse really to help us understand the whole of Proverbs The fear of the Lord here in Proverbs is not just awe respect and reverence there is much more of an edge to it than just that It s knowing who the Lord is His holiness How much He hates sin and evil 8 13 And then out of fear of His judgement on sin and evil deciding to acquire the kind of knowledge that will give wisdom and discipline to hate what God hates and live life in a way that pleases Him There is no right knowledge and true wisdom without turning against evil and sin and continuing to do so Which is why in 1 7 fools denotes one who is morally deficient footnote in the NIV they despise the kind of wisdom and lifestyle that does not plunge them into the self pleasuring world of sin and evil But unfortunately that plunge into sin and evil will also plunge them into God s eternal judgement But the great news is that wisdom is for everyone anyone who wants it can have it anyone can become wise 1 4 5 The simple The young The already wise The discerning And therefore escape judgement that is the value of the wisdom of Proverbs So what do we sitting here in 2016 get from reading this passage in Proverbs in the OT about wisdom We are not Jews living in the 900s BC in Israel under the rule of Solomon before the coming of the

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  • Godliness - by Colin Retief
    about St Matthews and how to become a member HOME GROUPS Find a Home Group in your area UP COMING EVENTS May 28 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast May 28 9 30 14 30 Women s Convention Jun 25 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast Jul 23 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast Aug 27 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast CONNECT ON OUR CAMPUS

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  • Godliness - by Colin Retief
    about St Matthews and how to become a member HOME GROUPS Find a Home Group in your area UP COMING EVENTS May 28 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast May 28 9 30 14 30 Women s Convention Jun 25 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast Jul 23 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast Aug 27 8 30 10 30 Men s Breakfast CONNECT ON OUR CAMPUS

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