Message by Dave Patterson – July 2, 2023

Big Idea: Gaining wisdom for everyday life.

Proverbs 1:1-7 NIV  The proverbs of Solomon son of David, king of Israel: for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to those who are simple, knowledge and discretion to the young— let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Outline: Have you ever done a Google search on “how to deal with…?”. We often encounter people and situations for which we feel ill-equipped. The Old Testament Book of Proverbs contains God’s wisdom for everyday life. Today we will begin a new summer sermon series based on Proverbs – where it fits into the Scriptures, its author, its purpose, its structure, and how to gain the most from its insights.

About the Author:

  • Solomon’s main priorities were wisdom and knowledge
  • Solomon’s purposes in writing Proverbs were to train young leaders and point them to the fear of the Lord. The fear of the Lord should evoke awe and respect, causing us to seek God’s smile and avoid His frown.

Tips for reading Proverbs:

  • Proverbs is comprised of principles, not promises.
  • Take the time to mark up your Bible topically.
  • For most impact, try the “one verse memorization and medication method.”

About Dave Patterson: Dave Patterson came from the GTA area and moved here in the 1980s to study kinesiology. Through the years he has worked as a youth pastor for ten years, as lead pastor for six years, and as a kinesiologist off and on throughout the years. Dave and his wife have been attending Westheights for three years. Dave is an extreme extrovert with boundless energy so feel free to approach him; he loves a great conversation!

You can listen to the sermon on YouTube here.