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Old School - Wisdom, The Heart

July 18, 2010 Speaker: Reid S. Monaghan Series: Old School - OT Overview

Topic: Exposition Scripture: Proverbs 4:20–4:27

Old School  - Our Goals

  1. Intro OT Literature
  2. See the Wave of Redemption
  3. HD Jesus

Solomon/Wisdom/Proverbs

The Heart

The Control Center of our Lives

 

Body Parts— Eyes, Ears, Mouth, Feet

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Proverbs 4:20–27 (ESV)

20 My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings.

 

21 Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.

 

23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.

  • The Heart is Central, Mark 7:20-23
  • What things do we guard? The Heart?
  • Springs and Water Flow John 7:37, 38

24 Put away from you crooked speech, and put devious talk far from you.

 

25 Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. 26 Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. 27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.

Deuteronomy 5:32, 33, Joshua 23:6-8

 

How we Guard the Heart? 

 

Discernment on Mission

The Heart Can

But also 

1. Be Led into Sin

1. Redeemed, Made Righteous, 2 Cor 5

2. Be Deceived by Lies

2. Set Free by Truth, John 8:31

3. Be Deeply Discouraged

3. Encouraged and Set Aflame

Community Meditation

  • If the heart is the center of our affections, values and motivations why is guarding it so important?
  • Think about the “inputs” into your life which come through the eyes and ears? What are you taking into your heart through them?
  • Why is discernment rather than complete separation a better way to live on Jesus’ mission together.
  • In what ways do your words, how you speak to others, reflect the condition of your heart? How have you seen this specifically in your lives?
  • The heart can be led astray into sin, lied to and discouraged...how can you guard against this?
  • The heart can be lead to Jesus, grow in truth and be built up in love.  How are we doing this in our community? With others?