Sunday “E.Q.U.I.P.” is an exercise meant to better equip us for corporate worship on Sunday evenings. We want to help you reflect on the sermon passages and familiarize yourself with the songs we’ll sing.
This week’s passage is Proverbs 1.1-7.
E—EYES to the passage. Read Proverbs 1.1-7. As you have time, try reading 1 Kings 3-4, and 1 Corinthians 1.18-31.
Q—QUESTIONS for reflection.
- As we see in Proverbs 1.1, the majority of the book (about godly wisdom) is written by Solomon. Why is that expected (see 1 Kings 3.9-12 and 1 Kings 4.29-34)? Why might that give some pause (see 1 Kings 11.1-13)? What are the lessons we should learn a) about Scripture (Proverbs 30.5; 2 Timothy 3.16) and b) about true wisdom (Proverbs 14.2a, for example, emphasis on “walks”)?
- In Proverbs 1.2-4, we see the purpose of Proverbs. What is it? And consider how needful this is for the Christian life, and for living uprightly amongst a largely unrighteous humanity.
- In Proverbs 1.5-6, this introduction to Proverbs issues an invitation. It’s a bit different than the purpose. It builds upon the purpose, and invites a pursuit. What is it? And is this pursuit a priority in our lives?
- In Proverbs 1.7, the key to knowledge and wisdom is given. What is it? And once you know what it is, what is that? How does it come about (see Jeremiah 32.40, and it’s larger context; then, Matthew 26.28)? What does that say about those who don’t have it (see Proverbs 1.7b)? How does this define wisdom, not just for us, but for the whole world? Indeed, how does it shape our understanding of the world, where the point of knowing anything as it should be known is conversion, and the context for knowing anything as it is is God (so even ants show a God-given wisdom meant for our edification, Proverbs 30.25)!?
- “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” Does that mean we’re to leave it behind in order to grow in knowledge and wisdom? Why or why not (see Proverbs 8.13a, for instance; are we ever to move on from hating evil)?
U—UNITY of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4.3; also 4.13). How can we take this passage and use it to love one another, so that we’re knit together in love? Reflect on the following: 1) we’re to help one another avoid Solomon’s unapplied wisdom—walk wisely!; 2) there is wisdom in God’s Word for us to know. Let’s know it together. Likewise, the Christian life is a lifelong pursuit of godly wisdom. Let’s run the race together; 3) the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Let’s seek to help each other be mindful of God from moment to moment, to honor and glorify and love Him supremely. That is the way of wisdom; 4) let’s point one another to Jesus Christ Whom God has made to be our wisdom. The gospel is a treasury of wisdom for us.
I—IGNITE for Christ. What excellencies about Jesus ignite in us a greater love for Him that reaches out to all to make Him known? Consider 1) how Jesus is the greater Solomon, perfect wisdom walking; 2) how the purpose of Proverbs to know wisdom, is finally to know Christ; 3) how the invitation of Proverbs to grow in wisdom, is finally to grow in Christ; 4) how the fear of the Lord, where the right and saving knowledge of anything and everything begins and holds together, is set within us by the blood of Christ. His cross may be folly to Greeks, and a stumbling block to Jews, but to we who have believed, both Jew and Greek, truly, Christ and Him crucified is the power and wisdom of God!
P—PRAY that we will grow as a church in biblical, God-entranced, Christ-exalting wisdom. Pray also for your unbelieving friends, that they might come to fear the Lord.