A quick reminder that summer worship begins June 29th, 10am.
Adult Study will take a break and resume at 9am on July 13th.
Summer Worship Series Info:
This Summer we will work through two series. The first is seven weeks on Wisdom Literature found in Scripture. What does that mean? It means we will hear passages from Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and other wisdom texts. These sections of Scripture are not history nor are they narrative...they are collections of sayings, idioms, colloquialisms and general wisdom shared and passed down by word of mouth from generation to generation.
What is wisdom according to Scripture?
Wisdom in Hebrew is chokmah. In the book of Proverbs wisdom is personified as a women (see Prov. 1:20-21 for an example), which is similar to the Greek sophia, which is also a feminine noun.
Proverbs suggests that the “fear of the Lord,” is the beginning of wisdom. The word for fear in this text is not meant as abject or servile fear. Instead, the fear suggested here is reverent. It suggests total dedication and respect for God. In this sense wisdom comes from a willingness to put total trust in God and a willingness to learn from God. Easier said than done, right?! Proverbs is a unique collection of sayings that offer a beginning to our learning about wisdom. Wisdom is something that takes time to develop and it is something we, as disciples, are called to pursue. That may seem a little daunting, but consider how this community faith might encourage one another to seek the wisdom that comes from a deep relationship with God. Together, we may be surprised by what wisdom God will teach us.
A quick note about Proverbs:
The book of Proverbs is a collection of essays, poems, and sayings expressing the wisdom of ancient Israel. Some of the material probably originated as folk wisdom, circulating in the family or the clan. Other parts reflect the life of the royal court. Arrangement began during the time of Solomon (about 961-922 B.C.E.), and the final edition was likely produced during the exile in Babylon (about 587-539 B.C.E.). Jeremiah 18:18 refers to the priest, the wise, and the prophet as leaders in Israel; the book of Proverbs is the product of the work of "the wise."
I look forward to learning some wisdom for each of you this summer. This should be a wonderful series. We do not often get a chance to delve into Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.