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This inaugural message on the book of Proverbs is going to be somewhat odd, insofar as I am going to provide a short introduction to the book as a whole while also addressing what it says about how to overcome the power of peer pressure. Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchProverbs #10Download PDF Sermon Summary #10 The Virtue of Self-Control and the Vice of Intoxication Galatians 5:13 I want to begin by identifying three issues that are not up for discussion this morning. That doesn’t mean they aren’t important or that they shouldn’t be addressed at some point. It’s simply that we need to keep our focus limited and precise and time will not allow me to answer every question that may ar...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchProverbs #9Download PDF Sermon Summary #9 Loving and Leading our Children through Discipline Proverbs 13:24 Over the years many things have led me to fall ever more in love with Scripture and to grow in my respect for what God has provided for us in the pages of this book. One of those things is the way in which the Bible, at one moment, reverberates with profound theological truths and, in the next, reaches down into our everyday existence ...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchProverbs #8Download PDF Sermon Summary #8 Proverbs on the Sluggard Proverbs 6:6-11; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 Typically, when the apostle Paul or some other biblical author issues a stern warning to separate or stay away from a particular person, you expect it to be based on something fairly serious. Perhaps the individual has denied the bodily resurrection of Jesus. Or maybe they are living in open and defiant sexual sin or are engaged in some...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchProverbs #7Download PDF Sermon Summary #7 Proverbs on Pride and Passion Proverbs 16:5 I want to paint a mental picture for you this morning, a picture that begins in beauty but concludes in ugliness. It’s a beautiful day. The sun is shining. Not a cloud in the sky. A gentle breeze is blowing. A young teen-aged boy is standing on the tee box of the fourth hole at the Elks golf and country club in Duncan, Oklahoma. It’s a short but...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchProverbs #6Download PDF Sermon Summary #6 Wisdom and our Wealth Proverbs 30:7-9 All of God’s Word is true and all of it is designed to change us both in terms of our inward character and our outward conduct. But there are some truths in Scripture that have a unique capacity to radically transform our lives. They literally revolutionize not only how we think and view the world, but also how we live in it. When properly understood they a...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchProverbs #5Download PDF Sermon Summary #5 The Anatomy of Adultery Proverbs 7:1-27 To preach one sermon on the sin of sexual infidelity, in a society that considers it not only a virtue but an entitlement, is to invite criticism. To preach two sermons on the evil of adultery, on consecutive Sundays no less, is to subject oneself not only to criticism but to scorn and ridicule as well. Anyone who exalts marital fidelity as I have done or who ...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchProverbs #4Download PDF Sermon Summary #4 Infidelity: America’s New National Pastime Proverbs 5:1-23; 6:20-35 There was a time in our country when baseball was considered the national pastime. The die-hard fan, of course, would insist that it still is. But statistics reveal that in recent years football has won for itself that cherished position, and I suppose fans of both baseball and football will continue to argue which is truly our...Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchProverbs #3Download PDF Sermon Summary #3 Sticky Friends Proverbs 18:24 2 Timothy 4:9-21 This is our third week in the book of Proverbs, and if we’ve learned anything thus far it is that Proverbs is all about the practical dynamics of living in a fallen world. As I said in the opening message, this book doesn’t tell us why we exist but aims to instruct us in how to navigate the often treacherous waters of life and relationships....Read More

Sam StormsBridgeway ChurchProverbs #2Download PDF Sermon Summary #2 Your Words have the Power of Life and Death Proverbs 18:20-21 The difference between the right word and the almost right word, said Mark Twain, is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug! His point, I believe, is that just as there is a frightening world of difference between a bolt of lightning, on the one hand, and the luminescence of an insect, on the other, so also between saying t...Read More

A.            The Nature of Proverbial Literature   The Hebrew word for proverb is mashal, which referred to a comparison, whether brief or extended. Later the word was used to describe a wide variety of wise pronouncements, from a general maxim to wisecrack. The English word "proverb" derives from the Latin words pro ("for") and verba ("words"), which reflects the idea that a proverb condenses many words into...Read More

An Introduction to the Poetic and Wisdom Books of the OTRead More

  A.            God: the Creator   1.             the cosmos (3:19-20; 8:22-31)   2.             mankind (14:31; 20:12; 22:2; 29:13)   3.             history (8:22)   B.      &...Read More

“Pride is the worst viper that is in the heart; it is the first sin that ever entered into the universe, and it lies lowest of all in the foundation of the whole building of sin, and is the most secret, deceitful and unsearchable in its ways of working, of any lusts whatsoever; it is ready to mix with everything; and nothing is so hateful to God, and contrary to the spirit of the Gospel, or of so dangerous consequence; and there is no one sin that does so much let ...Read More

Proverbs 17:12 issues this warning: "Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, rather than a fool in his folly!" This being the case, we would do well to identify the fool and his characteristics.   A.            The Naive Person   This is the simpleton, the least harmful of the three categories of the "foolish" person described in Proverbs. These are the "Charlie Brown's" of the world. They are marked ...Read More

Words (speech) in the book of ProverbsRead More

[This bibliography contains only the more helpful commentaries on Proverbs and ones with which I am personally familiar. I have placed an * after those books that I would recommend you purchase.]                       Alden, Robert L. Proverbs: A Commentary on an Ancient Book of Timeless Advice. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1983.        &nb...Read More

Fear of God In the Bible in general: Gen. 22:1; 42:18; Job 1:8-9; Ex. 1:17,21; Gen. 28:17; Ex. 3:6; 20:20;2 Sam. 6:9; Neh. 1:11; Eccles. 12:13-14; Deut. 6:1-2,24; 8:6; Pss. 112:1; 119:63; Malachi 3:5; Lev. 19:11-14; 25:17,35-36,43; Deut.10:12,20; 13:4; Pss. 25:12-15; 33:18; 103:11,13,17; 145:19; Deut. 14:23; 17:18-19; Ps. 34:11. In Proverbs in particular: Prov. 1:7,29; 2:4-5; 3:7; 8:13; 9:10; 14:26; 15:16,33; 16:6; 22:4 Peer Pressure / Teenagers Prov. ...Read More