Series: Sound Sense For Successful Living (1 of 7) by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 14 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: The Place of Knowledge
Series: Sound Sense For Successful Living
Stuart Briscoe
Proverbs 1:1-7

A proverb (Heb. "mashal") was a familiar Hebrew literary device designed to "arrest attention, awaken responsive thought, and remain fixed in memory." Solomon, regarded as the wisest of men, (see 1 Kings 4:32; 1 Kings 3:3-13) was a master of the proverb. Along with other wise sayings, his proverbs provide practical instruction concerning godly living. He insisted that "knowledge" is the key.

I. The Place of Knowledge.

A. Relating to human deficiencies.
1. The gullibility of the simple. v. 4

2. The impetuosity of the young. v. 4

3. The inadequacy of the wise. v. 5

4. The inconsistency of the man of understanding. v. 5

5. The obduracy of the fool. v. 7

B. Relating to divine intentions.
1. To display knowledge. Isaiah 11:1-5

2. To dispense knowledge. Proverbs 2:5-6


Part 2: Life Forces
Series: Sound Sense For Successful Living
Stuart Briscoe
Proverbs 1:8-33

The philosophical term "life force" or "élan vital" has specialized meaning, but the Bible teaches much about many forces that need to be reckoned with in daily living.

I. The Force of Formative Influences.

A. The variety of formative influences.
Note: "father, son" used in variety of ways.
1. Parental influences. v. 8
a. Dual nature of parental influence.

b. Directive nature of parental influence.

2. Historical influences.
a. Founding fathers.

b. Church fathers.
3. Spiritual influences. e.g. Paul and Philemon

B. The viability of formative influences. v. 9
1. Determined by quality of influence.

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