The “Jesus Focus” in the Book of Proverbs

Reading The Bible Through The Jesus Lens in the Book of Proverbs

From Biblical Book to Biblical Hook

Chart adapted from Dr. Michael Williams Book

Title for Proverbs

Theme of Proverbs

Proverbs 1:7

“Wise Order”

God placed an order in creation to which we should pay attention in order to live wisely.

 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Christ-Focus in Proverbs

Implications from Proverbs

Hooks from Proverbs

Christ shows us what it means to live wisely.

And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written,

 “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

 – 1 Corinthians 1:30-31

We become wise when we let our lives be transformed by Christ’s Spirit.

 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

 – Romans 12:1-2

How do we go about developing the wisdom that finds its fulfillment in Christ?

 Do your Christian habits indicate that this is important to you?

 Why would we want to become like Christ?

 Is it foolish to live according to biblical guidelines in today’s world?

 How do you react to movies and television shows that portray Christians as mentally deficient?

 Do you find it humorous or tragic, and why?

Author: lifecoach4God

I am the Lead Pastor of Valley Baptist Church (Bay Area), born and raised in Huntington Beach, Ca,, and currently living in Novato, California. I am married to my best friend of 27 years - Dana - and have five adult children; and six grand children. I have been a Teaching Pastor for over thirty years. I was privileged to study at Multnomah University (B.S. - 1988); Talbot School of Theology (M.Div. - 1991); Westminster Theological Seminary & Northwest Graduate School (D. Min. - 2003). I founded Vertical Living Ministries in 2008 with the goal of encouraging Christian Disciples and Leaders to be more intentionally Christ-Centered in how they live by bringing glory to God in nine key areas of life: personal spiritually, in marriage, in their families, with friends, vocationally, physical health, finances, discipleship, and mentoring .

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