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Potential Theme: 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14

August 12, 2009

These are the thoughts I have so far for this week’s sermon*:

Theme (What is God doing in the text?): God shares wisdom with humanity.

Need (What is the human need reflected in the text?): We need to be able to “discern between good and evil.”

Image (What is the dominant image for the sermon?): Wisdom.

Mission (To what action is the text leading us?): To choose the path of God’s righteousness.

I will discuss some of the aspects of true wisdom from a biblical perspective.  At its heart, wisdom seems to be the ability to discern God’s righteousness in the midst of complex situations.  Do you know of any helpful examples of people who have displayed great wisdom?  Our people can probably respect the deep wisdom of “ordinary” people in their own lives.  I will encourage people to think about those faithful people.  What can we learn from them?

*These categories are adapted from Paul Scott Wilson’s The Four Pages of the Sermon (Nashville: Abingdon, 1999).

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