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August 20, 2017

Sermon: True Wisdom

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Scripture Lesson

Psalm 94:8-11; 1 Corinthians 3:18-23

Understand, O dullest of the people; fools, when will you be wise? He who planted the ear, does he not hear? He who formed the eye, does he not see? He who disciplines the nations, he who teaches knowledge to humankind, does he not chastise? The Lord knows our thoughts, that they are but an empty breath.

Do not deceive yourselves. If you think that you are wise in this age, you should become fools so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, ‘He catches the wise in their craftiness’, and again, ‘The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.’ So let no one boast about human leaders. For all things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all belong to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
True Wisdom
Psalm 94:8-11; 1 Corinthians 3:18-23

I. I. Introduction: Foxtrot
II. The context
     A. Corinth
     B. The church is confident in its own wisdom
     C. Paul is very learned
III. Paul’s message (1 Cor. 3:18-23)
     A. “Become fools” (3:18)
         B. “So that you may become wise” (3:18)
     C. The Delphic Oracle to Socrates
     D. Paul’s inversion
         1. A common wisdom proverb
         2. “All belongs to you . . . [in] Christ” (3:22-23)
IV. Making the case from Psalm 94 (Ps. 94:8-11)
     A. “When will you be wise?” (94:8)
     B. Rhetorical questions to show God’s sovereignty (94:9-10)
     C. Our thoughts (94:11)
     D. So live under God
V. So what?
     A. Do we think we are wise?
     B. God rules, even when circumstances deny it
     C. Do we want it all?
VI. Conclusion: “This Is My Father’s World”

 

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