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In my view, Christian education in the local church is about imparting divine wisdom and knowledge in the context of rich relationships and community. I was recently reading Proverbs 4:1-13 and was struck by how much the culture we live and minister in discourages the church’s mission of passing on the heritage of godly wisdom and knowledge intact to the next generation.

Yet I think this passage gives us a lot to think about as we engage in the work of Christian education in the local church. And it’s interesting to me that many scholars think that this passage is using “father and son” language as a euphemism for teacher and student. I believe this passage has a wonderful application to the ministry of the Sunday school and other Christian education ministries in the local church.

1 Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding;  2 For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law.  3 When I was my father’s son, Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother,  4 He also taught me, and said to me: “Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live.  5 Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth.  6 Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you.  7 Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.  8 Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her.  9 She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.”  10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And the years of your life will be many.  11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths.  12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble.  13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life.

For the next several posts, I want my readers to think about two principles from this passage that need to be at the heart of our congregations’ Christian education ministries: that we need to be (1) serious and (2) intentional about imparting divine wisdom and knowledge in the context of the church’s educational ministry.

Being Serious about Wisdom and Knowledge

In Proverbs 4, the author is telling us to seek wisdom and knowledge diligently with our minds, to treasure it deeply with our hearts, and to live it out vibrantly in our lives.

This is talking about getting to know God, and what he values, and how his kingdom rule extends over our world. When we apply our minds to this task, it will transform our hearts and change the way we live.

All throughout the Proverbs, divine knowledge and wisdom are seen not just as knowable facts that are separated from human experience. We see this dynamic in verse 1: The “father’s instruction” is all about teaching. And teaching and learning is about knowledge—things we learn with our minds. But the word implies loving direction, even correction or chastisement. It’s not just a lecturer giving out facts. It’s the image of a father who cares deeply about how this knowledge lodges itself in his children.

But then, in that same verse, the father tells his sons to “know understanding.” This is talking about knowledge—the intellectual dimension of our lives. It’s talking about what we perceive with our minds.

The most recurrent theme in Proverbs, as it is in this passage, is that wisdom and knowledge are intricately intertwined. Knowledge without wisdom can be reduced to bare facts that have no impact on how we feel or how we live our lives moment-by-moment.

But wisdom is never divorced from knowledge. Wisdom—for each of us at various levels and in different ways of understanding—must be wed with knowledge. That’s why, as John Stott reminds us in his wonderful little book: Your Mind Matters.

We’ve got to strive to engage in the discipleship of the mind, especially in this complex age we live in. We must let people know—believers and non-believers alike—that we do not check our minds at the door when we enter the church. Yet we’ve got to keep reminding ourselves that discipleship of the mind is a spiritual discipline that radically affects our heart and our behavior.

I agree with Stott! We need more knowledge. We’ve been very successful in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century at forging a “Christianity-lite” that’s very satisfied not to go deep, not to engage in the intellectual side of spiritual disciplines, not to engage in the discipleship of the mind. Yet as Stott, and the Apostle Paul, reminded us over and over again, if we don’t attend to the mind on a deeper level, we will deprive future generations of the ability to contend for the faith once delivered to the saints, and churches will ultimately fail in their mission to perpetuate the gospel.

I’m worried about the over-emphasis in our culture on experience at the expense of deep, hard thinking about the things of God. If we’re going to sustain the faith in all its enduring wonder and vibrancy into the next generation, then we must produce a generation of thinking Christians, steeped in ancient Christian wisdom.

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Wisdom Bible Verses

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Proverbs is packed with God's wisdom, and what's more, these short sayings are easy to understand and apply to your life.

Many of the eternal truths in the Bible have to be carefully mined, like gold deep underground. The book of Proverbs, however, is like a mountain stream littered with nuggets, just waiting to be picked up.

Like the rest of the Bible, Proverbs points to God's plan of salvation, but perhaps more subtly. This book showed the Israelites the right way to live, God's way. As they put this wisdom to use, they would have demonstrated qualities of Jesus Christ toward each other as well as setting an example for the Gentiles around them.

The book of Proverbs has much to teach Christians today. Its timeless wisdom helps us avoid trouble, observe the Golden Rule, and honor God with our life.

Author of the Book of Proverbs

King Solomon, famous for his wisdom, is credited as one of the authors of Proverbs. Other contributors include a group of men called "The Wise," Agur, and King Lemuel.

Date Written

Proverbs was probably written during the reign of Solomon, 971-931 B.C.

Audience

Proverbs has several audiences. It is addressed to parents for instruction to their children. The book also applies to young men and women who are seeking wisdom, and finally, it supplies practical advice for today's Bible readers who want to live a godly life.

Landscape of Proverbs

Although Proverbs was written in Israel thousands of years ago, its wisdom is applicable to any culture at any time.

Themes in Proverbs

Every person can have right relationships with God and others by following the timeless advice in Proverbs. Its many themes cover work, money, marriage, friendship, family life, perseverance, and pleasing God.

Key Characters

The "characters" in Proverbs are types of people we can learn from: wise people, fools, simple folk, and the wicked. They are used in these short sayings to point out behavior we should avoid or imitate.

Key Verses

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
(NIV)

Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
(NIV)

Proverbs 18:22
He who finds a wife finds what is good and receives favor from the LORD.
(NIV)

Proverbs 30:5
Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
(NIV)

Outline of the Book of Proverbs

  • Benefits of wisdom and warnings against adultery and folly - Proverbs 1:1-9:18.
  • Wise advice for all people - Proverbs 10:1-24:34.
  • Wise advice for leaders - Proverbs 25:1-31:31.
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Positive Christian Sayings and Quotes

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Christian Life Quotes

Quotes tagged as "christian-life" Showing 1-30 of 1,758
“We may speak about a place where there are no tears, no death, no fear, no night; but those are just the benefits of heaven. The beauty of heaven is seeing God.”
― Max Lucado, Experiencing the Heart of Jesus: Knowing His Heart, Feeling His Love



“Don’t quit, and don’t give up. The reward is just around the corner. And in times of doubt or times of joy, listen for that still, small voice. Know that God has been there from the beginning—and he will be there until . . . The End.”
― Joanna Gaines, The Magnolia Story


“Fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Only Fools despise wisdom and discipline."

Proverbs 1:7 NLT”
― Eddie Johnson

“Every beginner possesses a great potential to be an expert in his or her chosen field.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

“Know what you want and reach out eagerly for it.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“Without being push to the wall, we will have remained in our comfortable zone. But this circumstance challenges us to find the courage to move on.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, On Eagles Wings:Rise

“Every adversity brings new experiences and new lessons.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“While God, for the most part, allows this cosmos [creation] to work according to the laws of nature, there is never a time when He is not actively involved in every detail of life.”
― Swindoll Charles R.

“Thank you Heavenly Father. You heard my petition. You have answered my plea.
May your name be glorified and be praised.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind



“What are you planting today to harvest tomorrow?”
― Lailah Gifty Akita

“Why settle for a lesser vision? When you are destiny for greatness!”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“Don’t believe negative voices. Listen to the divine-instinct of awaken soul.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

“If you saturate your mind with positive thoughts, it will sustain you in any situation.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“With positive attitude, you can graciously overcome every adversity.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

“Endure to the very end.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind


“The more familiar acquaintance we have with God the more do we partake of him. He that passes by the fire may have some gleams of heat, but he that stands by it has his colour changed. It is not possible that a man should have any long conference with God and be no whit affected. If we are strangers to God it is no wonder that our faces become earthy.”
― William Bramwell
“A moderately bad man knows he is not very good; a thoroughly bad man thinks he is all right.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

“Great achievement requires personal force, determined spirit and self-confidence.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“The Lord is God.
God is Holy.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

“In any situation, there is a sacred-solution.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

“The greatest obsession is I believe in myself.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

“Be strong.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!


“Just as Jesus Christ is the primary Person behind justification, the Holy Spirit is the primary Person behind sanctification. A believer can no more sanctify himself than he could have saved himself in the first place. He cannot live the Christian life by his own resources any more than he could have saved himself by his own resources.”
― John MacArthur

“You have to keep your eyes on the Word of God and keep a guard against strife, otherwise when the storms come, you’re going to turn your eyes to the wrong thing.”
― Drenda Keesee, The New Vintage Family: A Vintage Look for the Modern-Day Family
“You've heard Jesus is the Bridegroom...now uncover what that means, the incredible promise of it, and how it affects you personally.”
― Ann Goering, betrothed

The desert fathers and mothers—ordinary Christians living in solitude in the deserts of Egypt, Palestine, Syria and Arabia—chose to renounce the world in order.

Christian Sayings and Quotes

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Positive Christian Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old positive christian quotes, positive christian sayings, and positive christian proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Remember who you are. Don't compromise for anyone, for any reason. You are a child of the Almighty God. Live that truth.

Lysa Terkeurst

If you obey God with your whole heart, you'll usually scare off the folks who want you to obey them.

Meg Moseley

If God is your partner, make your plans big!

D.L. Moody

We have a God who delights in impossibilities.     

Billy Sunday

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Serena B. Miller

Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.

Corrie ten Boom

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot lose.

Jim Elliot

We must show our Christian colors if we are to be true to Jesus Christ.

C. S. Lewis

I do believe in sending positive messages. I am a Christian, so I do believe in a lot of positive messages.

Quinton Aaron

To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.     

Martin Luther

The glory of Christianity is to conquer by forgiveness.     

William Blake

We may have done what the devil said we did, but we are not who the devil says we are!

April Cofield Essix

At the centre of Christianity is community; we are gathered by the Lord around the altar.     

Timothy Radcliffe

Christ literally walked in our shoes.

Tim Keller

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