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Preacher: Pastor Tony Simpson. Passage: Jonah 1 vv1-3. Jonah received a clear command from the Lord to go to Nineveh to preach to them. Yet he not only did not go to Nineveh but he also ran away in the opposite direction. Jonah's disobedience is both foolish and dangerous and are the complete opposite of the great Prophet, the Lord Jesus Christ, who always did as His Father commanded.
Preacher: Pastor Tony Simpson. Passage: Luke 15 vv11-32. Jesus tells this parable to explain what God's love is like and why he is happy to eat with tax collectors and sinners. Jesus shows that we cannot live without God, that the road back to him is by repentance, that God wholeheartedly embraces all who come to him in repentance, but warns that our attitude to other people shows whether we have understood this.
Paul reminds the Corinthian Christians that God's true wisdom and true power are found in the cross of Christ.
Pastor Michael challenges us with the questions are we building our house with the brick of wisdom or the straw of foolishness? Are we building our house with the bricks of understanding and knowledge or the sticks of folly? When the world comes and blows against our home only the house built on wisdom, understanding and knowledge will remain.
What is wisdom? How can one get wisdom? What does wisdom look like? Solomon gives us a practical picture of the anatomy of wisdom. In this passage we are being taught how to be wise with the use of the anatomy of the body-the ears, the eyes, the mouth, the lips, the heart and the feet in particular.
The Preacher compares and contrasts wisdom and folly and encourages us to use practical wisdom under the Sun when relating to the power structures of a corrupt, upside down world.
Fools are among those who, because of the lack of self-control, are subject to ruin. Correction must be in accord with their nature and those who are foolish are not beyond hope.
In the first eight chapters of Proverbs the narrator builds a case for wisdom and against folly. In chapter nine we are presented with the personification of lady Wisdom and lady Folly and are compelled to choose the path that we will follow. One leads to life, and one leads to death. The fear of the Lord lies at the heart of this decision.