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NOTE: This sermon is part 9 and 10 of a 10 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.
Part 9: Social Values-Relating to People
Proverbs 3:3; 21:21
At the conclusion of the famous book "Habits of the Heart," the authors wrote: "Our society has been influenced by the tradition of modern individualism. We have taken the position that our most important task today is the recovery of the insights of the older biblical…traditions." Let's start with Proverbs 3:3; 21:21.
I. Social Values Rooted in God's Character.
A. "Love"-"hesed" rooted in God's character.
1. Loved-a steadfast commitment. Deuteronomy 7:7-9
2. Love-a moral obligation to another's well-being. Micah 7:18f
3. Love-a strong initiative of kindness, tenderness and compassion. Exodus 24:6-7
B. "Faithfulness"-rooted in God's character.
1. "Determined loyalty to a gracious covenant."
2. Fulfillment of commitment. Genesis 24:27; Lamentations 3:22f
Part 10: Ultimate Values-What Really Matters
We began by noting that "the fear of the Lord" is the fundamental basis of a system of values, and we have been reminded continually that absolute values are found in the character and nature of God. We conclude by recognizing that ultimate values are found in relationship to the Lord, particularly in doing that which pleases Him.
I. Pleasing Him by Embracing What He Decrees.
A. Humility comes before honor. 15:33
1. The priority of humility.
a. Because pride offends against God by self-exaltation
b. Because pride offends against others by self-preoccupation.
c. Because pride offends against self by self-delusion.
2. The possibility of honor. See 1 Kings 3:1-13
a. Because humility acknowledges God's grace.
b. Because humility addresses human need.