Gaining a Heart of Wisdom

September 4, 2021
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September 4, 2021 UCC User

Gaining a Heart of Wisdom

Today, we are pleased to have Dr. Preston Pearce as our visiting preacher, who is in Finland to lecture at Agricola Theological Seminary.

”1 The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young— let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck. 10 My son, if sinful men entice you, do not give in to them. 11 If they say, “Come along with us;  let’s lie in wait for innocent blood, let’s ambush some harmless soul; 12 let’s swallow them alive, like the grave, and whole, like those who go down to the pit; 13 we will get all sorts of valuable things and fill our houses with plunder;14 cast lots with us; we will all share the loot”— 15 my son, do not go along with them, do not set foot on their paths; 16 for their feet rush into evil, they are swift to shed blood.17 How useless to spread a net  where every bird can see it!18 These men lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush only themselves! 19 Such are the paths of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the life of those who get it.” – Proverbs 1:1-19

Sermon Outline

I. Gaining a Heart of Wisdom

II. How Wisdom Works

III. The Lesson

Significance of the Lord’s Supper

The Lord Supper teaches the following truths that remind us  of the importance and meaning of the Lord’s Table.

1. It portrays the person and work of Christ and His presence in our midst to minister His life to us.
a. In the Bread we see Christ as the Bread come down from heaven, the perfect God-man, God’s gift to solve our sin problem.
b. In the Cup we see Christ as the Lamb of God who came as the God-man to die for our sins.

2. Partaking of the elements portrays our faith in Jesus Christ and our commitment to continue to live by fellowship with Him—continuing to be nourished by His life.

3. The Bread, which starts out as one loaf, should portray our unity and oneness of mind and heart as fellow believers in Christ. (1 Cor. 10:17).

4. Passing the Bread and Cup portrays our need to minister Christ to one another, and share together in His life.