Sunday Evening | Pastor Steve Wainright | Solomon’s Wisdom: Not from Fish Heads | 1 Kings 3:16-4:34
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.” -James 1:5-6
Ask for wisdom in faith. Don’t doubt. God will give it liberally.
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Sunday Evening | Pastor Steve Wainright | Solomon’s Source of Wisdom | 1 Kings 3
At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” -1 Kings 3:5
God knew what Solomon needed before he even asked, but still wanted him to come to Him and ask. He desires for us to commune with Him.
*Sunday Morning Sermon Audio: [Oops! We’ll hopefully have this up Wednesday or Thursday…church secretary fail! But, refresh yourself with Philippians 1!]
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Sunday Evening | Pastor Steve Wainright | 1 Samuel 18:17-30
“Then the commanders of the Philistines came out to battle, and as often as they came out David had more success than all the servants of Saul, so that his name was highly esteemed.” -1 Samuel 18:30
Everybody loved David except for Saul. David was anointed–a type of Christ–a type of Messiah. When it comes to the Lord’s Anointed, you either love him or you hate him. There is no neutral ground. If you’re neutral, you’re against him. Do you love Christ or hate Him?
David acted wisely in ALL that he did (vs. 14). Do you act wisely in ALL that you do?
I love them that love Me; and those that seek Me early shall find Me. -Proverbs 8:17
Wisdom loves her lovers and seeks her seekers. He is already wise who seeks to be wise, and he has almost found wisdom who diligently seeks her. What is true of wisdom in general is specially true of wisdom embodied in our Lord Jesus. Him we are to love and to seek, and in return we shall enjoy His love and find Himself.
Our business is to seek Jesus early in life. Happy are the young whose morning is spent with Jesus! It is never too soon to seek the Lord Jesus. Early seekers make certain finders. We should seek Him early by diligence. Thriving tradesmen are early risers, and thriving saints seek Jesus eagerly. Those who find Jesus to their enrichment give their hearts to seeking Him. We must seek Him first, and thus earliest. Above all things Jesus. Jesus first and nothing else even as a bad second.
The blessing is that He will be found. He reveals Himself more and more clearly to our search…. Happy men who seek One who, when He is found, remains with them forever, a treasure growingly precious to their hearts and understandings.
Lord Jesus, l have found Thee; be found of me to an unutterable degree of joyous satisfaction.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, August 23 entry]
For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. -1 Corinthians 1:19
This verse is a threatening so far as the worldly wise are concerned, but to the simple believer it is a promise. The professedly learned are forever trying to bring to nothing the faith of the humble believer, but they fail in their attempts. Their arguments break down, their theories fall under their own weight, their deep-laid plots discover themselves before their purpose is accomplished. The old gospel is not extinct yet, nor will it be while the Lord liveth. If it could have been exterminated, it would have perished from off the earth long ago.
We cannot destroy the wisdom of the wise, nor need we attempt it, for the work is in far better hands. The Lord Himself says, “I will,” and He never resolves in vain. Twice does He in this verse declare His purpose, and we may rest assured that He will not turn aside from it.
What clean work the Lord makes of philosophy and “modern thought” when He puts His hand to it! He brings the fine appearance down to nothing; He utterly destroys the wood, hay, and stubble. It is written that so it shall be, and so shall it be. Lord, make short work of it. Amen, and amen.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, August 24 entry]
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.” -James 1:5
If any of you lack wisdom. There is no “if” in the matter, for I am sure I lack it. What do I know? How can I guide my own way? How can I direct others? Lord, I am a mass of folly, and wisdom I have none.
Thou sayest, “Let him ask of God.” Lord, I now ask. Here at Thy footstool I ask to be furnished with heavenly wisdom for this day’s perplexities, ay, and for this day’s simplicities; for I know I may do very stupid things, even in plain matters, unless Thou dost keep me out of mischief.
I thank Thee that all I have to do is to ask. What grace is this on Thy part, that I have only to pray in faith and Thou wilt give me wisdom’. Thou dost here promise me a liberal education, and that, too, without an angry tutor or a scolding usher. This, too, Thou wilt bestow without a fee — bestow it on a fool who lacks wisdom. O Lord, I thank Thee for that positive and expressive word “It shall be given him.” I believe it. Thou wilt this day make Thy babe to know the hidden wisdom which the carnally prudent never learn. Thou wilt guide me with Thy counsel and afterwards receive me to glory.
[from Faith’s Checkbook by Charles H. Spurgeon, June 8 entry]
Sunday School | 1 John 4:1-6 | Bro. Roger Harden
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” -1 John 4:1
You have to know the Word of God to test the spirits. Know the Word to defend the Gospel.
Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” -1 Corinthians 2:7-8
*God’s wisdom is hidden for our glory. If it wasn’t hidden, His Son wouldn’t have been crucified and we wouldn’t have salvation.
*Ministry of the Spirit (vs. 10-16) // 1. Revelation: truth revealed (vs. 10-11) 2. Inspiration: truth recorded (vs. 12-13) 3. Illumination: truth understood (vs. 14-16)
Evening Worship | Leviticus 3:1-17 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in His flesh the dividing wall of hostility.” -Ephesians 2:14
Our peace is found in trusting in our High Priest, Jesus Christ, the majestic One who deeply loves us.
[Read the story about the missionary couple who was killed in the 1930s, John and Betty Stam.]
Sunday School | 1 Peter 4:1-11 | Bro. Steve Dawson
“Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves with the same way of thinking, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God.” -1 Peter 4:1-2
*To have the same way of thinking as Christ had (aka: the mind of Christ=1 Corinthians 2:16), you must repent and change your direction, which comes through faith that Jesus is Who He says He is and that He died in your place. Our weapon in this spiritual battle is the mind of Christ. (Romans 8:5)
*Jesus’ mind is the Father’s will. (John 8:47)
*The transformation from your past and hope of eternal life. (vs. 3-6)
*Having the mind of Christ and doing His will is all for His glory. (vs. 7-11)
Sunday Morning | Colossians 4:5-6 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” -Colossians 4:5-6
*Paul was passionate about the Gospel and for the lost. He wanted the Colossian believers to live out the Christian life and share the Gospel to spread God’s glory. (vs. 3-4; Romans 9:1-2)
*As you live your life to the glory of God (ch.3), you will have opportunities to share the Gospel with unbelievers.
*If Christ is your life (ch. 3:4), you will live different. Paul was living a life filled with Christ. (Galatians 2:20)
*Walk in Wisdom (What’s Wisdom? The application of knowledge)
*God desires to use your life. Let your light shine. Do you practice what you preach?
*Wisdom = [ch. 1:9- know will by being filled with wisdom] [ch. 2:3- to know Christ is to know wisdom] [ch. 3:12- this is wisdom, walk in it] James 1:5
*Wisdom is gained by getting in the Word. Your life will preach without words.
*Smile, it makes people wonder what you’re thinking.
*Our life preaches and gives us the opportunity to speak words.
*vs. 5- Redeem the time. make the most of an opportunity. Carpe diem, but also seize the opportunities.
*Be sensitive to how God is moving and working in our life and the lives of others.
*vs. 6- Always be ready to give an answer (1 Peter). Talking about dealing with people asking you questions stimulated by the difference they see in the life you live.
*Your speech should be pointed and pleasant.
*You can lead a horse to water AND make him drink by giving him salt.
*Add a little flavor, zest, SALT to your speech!
*Does your speech minister grace to the hearer?
Proverbs 11:30 ~ Ephesians 5:15-16
Sunday Evening | Exodus 35:4-29 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” -1 Corinthians 9:7
*The Israelites are in a building program, building the tabernacle.
*ch. 35-39 shows the children of Israel being obedient. This shows there is hope for sinners because when we go astray, God abides and is faithful.
*vs. 4-9- GIVING. Getting into this building program, they are told to give from the heart.
*God is inviting them to join in His work. He does the same with us.
*Give out of a willing heart. (2 Corinthians 9:7-9) God has given it to you.
*Use what you have WILLINGLY. What we give belongs to Him anyway. You cannot outgive God. He’s already given us His best: His Son.
*vs. 10-19- God gets particular. A lot of different talents were needed. (Romans 12:6, 1 Peter 4:10- use gifts to minister to one another)
*vs. 20-21- Heard command, left, brought offering. When you hear God’s Word and know your responsibility, do it! Don’t put it off.
*People who are born again love to give. That’s a way to show gratitude to the Lord for what all He’s done for us.
*vs. 22-24- Their giving was worship.
*Two Groups: [Group 1=Wise-Hearted Women in vs. 25-26: Took to heart what they could do and did it for the glory of God. They didn’t complain about what they couldn’t do.] [Group 2=Leaders/Rulers: How you use what you have can either be a blessing or a cursing.]
*GIVE for the glory of God.
****HOW DO WE CULTIVATE A HEART OF GIVING CHEERFULLY?****
Don’t look at what you give, but look at how much God has given you!
*All you have belongs to Him. (vs. 21, vs. 24- “The Lord’s Offering”) Be a good steward of what He’s given you.