Sunday, November 15, 2009

Proverbs 8 - The Man Who Knows


Download mp3s from our latest Proverbs sermon, 8:22-36 -
Jesus The Man Who Knows.
First Service mp3 (35mins)
Second Service mp3 (37mins)
I reference Hymn 52 Wisdom by William Cowper from Olney Hymns

1. JESUS THE MAN WHO KNOWS
SEE HIS PERSONALITY V22 V24 V30
SEE HIS ETERNALITY V22 V23 V24
SEE HIS CREATIVITY V27

2. THE FATHER DELIGHTS IN JESUS
JESUS DELIGHTS IN HIS PEOPLE
V30-31 LUKE 10V20-24

3. THE MAN WHO KNOWS JESUS
RECEIVES LIKE A CHILD. LIVES LIKE A MAN

He is the man who knows. Robbie Williams returns and in his song Bodies declares that he knows what we want: “All we ever wanted was to look good naked” I don’t think he’s quite getting at what Lily Allen was in her song last year, where she told us she would take all her clothes off because that’s how you get famous – though he might be alluding to that a bit. What he’s actually getting at is our desire for acceptance and intimacy and relationship. Looking around the world, and looking at my own heart: I think he’s right.
We do want to be free from guilt and free from shame. We want better relationships. 
The question I have for him, is why? Why is it that we want this? 
And I think the answer is found in asking what’s most fundamental to life, what’s foundational, what’s the beginning of it all? 
See, if everything comes back to an explosion or equation, then what basis at all is there to say that reality is about relationships? 
Others would say, really it’s a distant divine or an abstract truth that is ultimate – but again, why would we be wired for relationships? 
The Christian alternative and answer is that what’s most fundamental is God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit; Three persons, one God, in perfect loving relationship from eternity past. That leads to a world where personality and relationship make sense. 
Everyone has a creation story, and this is ours....

4 comments:

  1. does this mean you're blogging again? It hasn't been the same without you Dave.

    Like the new colour scheme too. First time without blue as the primary colour?

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  2. Did a green version back in 2001, before it was even a blog.

    I'm contemplating a return sometime, though I'm not sure yet...

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  3. Well I can see why you'd be reluctant. I thought this was very true, and I can use it as a distraction from what I should be doing.

    But still. You could even just use it as a dumping ground for talks, and things you have to write because of your job.

    But good to be thoughtful about it either way.

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  4. Update: I preached Proverbs 8 at a different church a few months earlier. Linking in case the development of my thinking is helpful.

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