Now that we have finished our series on the epistles of John, I’m excited today to start a new series on Proverbs.
I have titled this series on Proverbs, “Learning to See the End from the Beginning.” One of the great values of the Biblical wisdom of Proverbs is that it teaches us that we don’t have to experience every type of sin or bad decision in order to understand the consequences of those actions; rather, wisdom allows you to see the consequences and results of bad decisions before they happen so that you don’t have to experience them!
Yes, wisdom allows you to discern between good and bad, right and wrong, truth and folly before you fall into disastrous sin!
Jesus taught this exact lesson in Matthew 7:13-14 when he talked about two types of gates and two types of roads. He said there was a small gate with a narrow road and a wide gate with a broad road. Many people like the wide gate/broad road because a lot of people are on it. It looks attractive. But Jesus teaches us to look at the end of that road…it leads to destruction!
On the flip side, the small gate/narrow road might not look appealing. I mean…not many people are on it. But look at the end of the road. It leads to life!
Now that you know the end from the beginning, make your choice. Which road will you travel on? The one that leads to destruction or the one that leads to life?
In today’s sermon, look for the following outline:
The Basics of the Book: What, How, Who, and When?
The Audience of Proverbs: The Naive and Young, the Wise, the Family
The Purposes of Proverbs: To Know Wisdom and Have Discernment
The Foundation of Proverbs: The Fear of the Lord
Pastor Adam Mumpower