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August 19, 2018

Sermon: Want Wisdom?

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Scripture Lesson

2 Chronicles 1:1, 7-12; James 1:5

Solomon Requests Wisdom
Solomon son of David established himself in his kingdom; the Lord his God was with him and made him exceedingly great. That night God appeared to Solomon, and said to him, ‘Ask what I should give you.’ Solomon said to God, ‘You have shown great and steadfast love to my father David, and have made me succeed him as king. O Lord God, let your promise to my father David now be fulfilled, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can rule this great people of yours?’ God answered Solomon, ‘Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked for possessions, wealth, honour, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked for long life, but have asked for wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may rule my people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honour, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.’

If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you.

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
Want Wisdom?
2 Chronicles 1:1, 7-12; James 1:5

I. Introduction: Peanuts
II. The start of the school year
III. What’s wisdom?
     A. A gift of God (Jam. 1:5)
     B. Solomon’s answer (2 Chr. 1:10)
IV. Solomon’s wisdom story (2 Chron. 1:7-12)
     A. Setting: A dream of God (1:7)
     B. Fulfill the promise to David (1:9; 2 Sam. 7:11)
     C. What is needed? (1:10)
         1. “Knowledge” (facts/data)
         2. “Wisdom” (ordered facts/information)
     D. So God gives Solomon
         1. “Wisdom and knowledge” (1:12)
         2. “Riches, possessions, and honor” (1:11, 12)
     E. Shows God’s generosity and graciousness
V. Can this apply to us?
     A. We still live in God’s world
     B. We need knowledge and wisdom even more
     C. Lifelong learning
     D. Ask God for wisdom (Jam. 1:5)
VI. Conclusion: A faculty meeting at St. Thomas University Business School


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