Distinguish Core Beliefs (Proverbs 22:1-29)
Gearl Spicer, March 28, 2021
Part of the Embracing The Adventure series, preached at a Sunday Online service
Proverbs 22 (Listen)
22:1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
and favor is better than silver or gold.
2 The rich and the poor meet together;
the LORD is the Maker of them all.
3 The prudent sees danger and hides himself,
but the simple go on and suffer for it.
4 The reward for humility and fear of the LORD
is riches and honor and life.
5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the crooked;
whoever guards his soul will keep far from them.
6 Train up a child in the way he should go;
even when he is old he will not depart from it.
7 The rich rules over the poor,
and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
8 Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,
and the rod of his fury will fail.
9 Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed,
for he shares his bread with the poor.
10 Drive out a scoffer, and strife will go out,
and quarreling and abuse will cease.
11 He who loves purity of heart,
and whose speech is gracious, will have the king as his friend.
12 The eyes of the LORD keep watch over knowledge,
but he overthrows the words of the traitor.
13 The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!
I shall be killed in the streets!”
14 The mouth of forbidden women is a deep pit;
he with whom the LORD is angry will fall into it.
15 Folly is bound up in the heart of a child,
but the rod of discipline drives it far from him.
16 Whoever oppresses the poor to increase his own wealth,
or gives to the rich, will only come to poverty.
17 Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise,
and apply your heart to my knowledge,
18 for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you,
if all of them are ready on your lips.
19 That your trust may be in the LORD,
I have made them known to you today, even to you.
20 Have I not written for you thirty sayings
of counsel and knowledge,
21 to make you know what is right and true,
that you may give a true answer to those who sent you?
22 Do not rob the poor, because he is poor,
or crush the afflicted at the gate,
23 for the LORD will plead their cause
and rob of life those who rob them.
24 Make no friendship with a man given to anger,
nor go with a wrathful man,
25 lest you learn his ways
and entangle yourself in a snare.
26 Be not one of those who give pledges,
who put up security for debts.
27 If you have nothing with which to pay,
why should your bed be taken from under you?
28 Do not move the ancient landmark
that your fathers have set.
29 Do you see a man skillful in his work?
He will stand before kings;
he will not stand before obscure men.
Embrace The Adventure
Distinguish Core Beliefs
Can you identify your core beliefs?
Core belief - foundational insight from God's Word that direct us
*God is good and loves unconditionally
*Forgiveness frees us to pursue life in Jesus
*God's Word is His written will
*Trials may test us but truth will sustain us in all
*His grace is available to all
*A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, favor is better than
Silver or gold. vs. 1
*The reward of humility and the fear of the Lord are riches, honor and life. vs.4
*Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not
Depart from it. vs. 6
*For it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, that they may be ready
On your lips. vs. 18
FAVOR - HUMILITY - FEAR OF THE LORD - TRAINING - BOUNDARIES
Keys to distinguishing core beliefs:
I. Commit to listen - vs. 17a
II. Determine to apply to your heart - vs. 17b
III. Recognize the importance of effective equipping - vs. 18
IV. Trust Him in every circumstance of life - vs.19
V. Rest in the certainly of truth - vs.20-21
Can you find the answers to life with your core beliefs?