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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 10 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.
Part 1: Values-What Are They?
That everybody has "values" is obvious. It is equally obvious that there is considerable disagreement on what constitutes a valid value system. How should we approach and address this issue?
I. Values-What Are They?
"Personal beliefs that propel us to action, to a particular kind of behavior and life." (Hunter Lewis, A Question of Values, p.1)
A matter of:
"Value…represents moral authority as well as intellectual interest of physical appetite." (A. James Reichley, "Religion in American Public Life," p. 9)
II. Values-Where Do They Come From?
A. The production of values.
Part 2: Moral Values-Where to Find Them
"In the book of Proverbs 'wisdom' signifies skillful living-the ability to make wise choices and live successfully according to the moral standards of the covenant community… (This) produces things of lasting value to God and to the community." (Allen P. Ross, E.B.C. 5:905)
I. "The Fear of the Lord Is the Beginning." 1:7; 9:10
A. The fear of the Lord defined.
1. The Lord's self-description. Exodus 34:6-7
2. Glad submission to gracious majesty.
B. The fear of the Lord desired.
1. A matter of conviction. 1:7b
2. A matter of concern. 2:1-5
3. A matter of choice.
C. The fear of the Lord discovered.
1. Creates sensitivity to evil. 8:13
2. Creates a sense of security. 14:26