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 30.1-9.
E—EYES to the passage. Read Proverbs 30.1-9. As you have time, try reading Psalm 73, Luke 12.13-34, or 2 Corinthians 8-9.
Q—QUESTIONS for reflection.
- What is the main takeaway from Proverbs 30.7-9? What—or rather Who—is the life-governing pursuit of Agur’s prayer?
- There are, at least, six ways that ‘wisdom’ shows itself in being ‘rich toward God.’ Consider Proverbs 22.2 (cf. Deuteronomy 8.11-20), Proverbs 3.9, Proverbs 11.24-26, Proverbs 15.16-17, Proverbs 23.4-5, Proverbs 27.23-27. Thoughts?
- The Christian wasn’t always a person inclined to sacrificial giving and Godward economics. How is it that human greed gets dammed up, while a flood of generosity is opened within our hearts? See 1 John 3.16-18; 2 Corinthians 8-9 (and especially 8.1-9, and 9.6-15).
- How might you speak to a wealthy non-Christian about his need for Christ? Conversely, how about a poorer non-Christian? Think on Proverbs 22.2, Proverbs 23.4-5, Psalm 49, Luke 12.13-21, and 1 Timothy 6.3-19.
- The gospel impacts our hearts, our lives, and all we have. How so? As you have time, consider 1 Timothy 6.6; Luke 12.32-34; Acts 4.32-37; Acts 16.19; Romans 15.26-29; 2 Corinthians 8.1-9; 2 Corinthians 9.6-15; Hebrews 10.32-34; Hebrews 11.10; Hebrews 11.26; Hebrews 13.12-14.
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) the need to keep the gospel of God’s generosity before one another’s hearts; 2) the call we share to make our money and possessions servant to God, His glory, our good, and the advance of the gospel; 3) the accountability we need to make ongoing strides in being weaned off this world, so that we’re becoming increasingly rich toward God.
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) “the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He become poor, so that you by His poverty might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8.9).
P—PRAY that we will be a people aspiring to be rich toward God and, so, overflowing to others and to one another in rich, cheerful, sacrificial, Christ-centered generosity with all we’ve received from Him. Pray that our prizing of Him will turn the unbelieving heart away from the false hope of riches to the inexpressible gift of God in the gospel of Christ.