Seeing 2020: Clarity for Life
THE Big Idea
As the New Year starts, you have a lot of decisions to make. What changes will you make in your life? What are your goals for the year? And how will you make these changes and reach these goals? Often, you turn to Google to find information that might help you make these decisions. But as you scroll through the thousands of results for your search, you might find yourself even more confused than when you started. Conflicting information, fake news, and advertising causes you to struggle to find truth and wisdom.
Wisdom comes from personal experience, but it also comes from the experiences and knowledge of others. The source of wisdom is often as important as the wisdom itself. But how can you find true wisdom? How can you be sure the wisdom you find is not just foolishness?
In this series, we’ll learn how God is the one true source of wisdom. We’ll come to an understanding about what wisdom is and isn’t, and how you can use the wisdom of God and of Christian friends to find clarity in 2020 and beyond.
This series is based on the wisdom from the book of Proverbs.
January 5, 2020: God: The Source of Wisdom
We need to know that God is the source of all true wisdom. Instead of beginning with Google, we need to begin with God. We might think that only the last and most recent ideas are the wisest. But true wisdom stands the test of time. We see this theme throughout Scripture, starting with the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam and Eve had a choice: either they could trust God’s view of good and bad, or they could trust themselves and be their own gods and make up their own version of wisdom. Go to God as your source for wisdom.
Scriptures: Proverbs 1
Sermon Text: Proverbs 1:7
January 12, 2020: The Pursuit of Wisdom
The Proverbs describe wisdom as an endless journey. We are to cry out for wisdom. James says we should be praying for wisdom and God will give it. Every new stage in life, every new challenge calls for fresh wisdom from God. Using God’s wisdom to guide our decisions doesn’t guarantee smooth sailing for our lives, but it does give us peace as we rely on God’s will for our lives.
Sermon Text: Proverbs 2:1-11
January 19, 2020: The Community of Wisdom
The Proverbs emphasize the importance of a wise community. Although true wisdom comes from God and his Word, it takes a community of believers to discover and apply it. We can’t understand God’s Word all on our own. We need Christian teachers and advisers and mentors who will help us discern what’s best. We will follow the crowd, so we need to choose wisely which crowd to follow.
Sermon Text: Proverbs 2:20-22 (and others)
January 26, 2020: Jesus: The Embodiment of Wisdom
Proverbs 8 personifies wisdom. It speaks of wisdom being the person who created the world. John 1 picks up on this idea, describing Jesus as the Word made flesh. Paul calls Jesus “the wisdom of God.” God’s greatest revelation of wisdom is in the Gospel. It seems foolish to us at first. But his death and resurrection to reconcile the world to himself reveal the height, depth, width, and length of his wisdom and love.
Sermon Text: Proverbs 8
February 2, 2020: The Goal of Wisdom
When we let God decide what is wise, what is good and evil, then we begin to experience a taste of the Garden. Wisdom will not keep us from all pain and suffering, but when we live according to God’s wisdom we do experience blessing. This does not necessarily mean we will be healthy, wealthy, and happy. But as we walk in God’s ways, trusting in his wisdom and power, we do experience a sense of purpose and peace.
Sermon Text: Proverbs 9:10-12 (and others)