This page is devoted to giving you resources to use during your worship and devotions at home this week. God in His word calls us to sing together (Colossians 3:16, Ephesians 5:19), read God’s word together (1 Timothy 4:13), pray together (James 5:16) and to sit under the preaching of God’s word (2 Timothy 4:2). These are meant to aid you in reading God’s Word, praying and singing in your home(click each song to be taken to a video with lyrics).
Here are some instructions on how to approach worshipping in your home this week:
• As able, set aside a consistent time each day.
• Minimize distractions. Turn off your phone. Quiet your home setting and your soul.
• For those with small children, organize a time as best for their attention and engagement. Read a storybook Bible or act out/dramatize the Gospel narrative. Ask questions at their level.
• Remember: This is a means of grace. This is a time to know and follow Jesus, not a time to pile on pressure and force everything to go just right. Start small and let the Lord do the work among you!
Read: Proverbs 1:1-7, Ecclesiastes 1:1-3
Reflect: When Solomon succeeded his father, David, as king of Israel, he prayed for wisdom to govern God’s people, and God granted his request (1 Kings 3:5–12). As a result, Israel flourished under Solomon’s leadership for many years. The practice of writing and compiling proverbs crossed cultural lines in the ancient world, but Solomon’s collection is distinctive in that it identifies submission to the Lord as the source of true wisdom. In light of these historical facts, how is God’s covenant with his people reflected in the introductory verse, “The proverbs of Solomon, son of David” (Prov. 1:1)?
What heart posture is indicated in these verses as necessary to know, receive, and understand? What can we infer from the fact that wisdom is offered to those who are already wise?
“The fear of the LORD” (Prov. 1:7a). This phrase occurs frequently in Proverbs and is sprinkled throughout the Old Testament and found twice in the New Testament. Read Job 28:28; Psalm 19:9; Isaiah 11:2–3; Acts 9:31; and 2 Corinthians 5:11, as well as the surrounding context of these verses, and then describe what it means to “fear the Lord.”
Pray: Ask God to give you wisdom during these days of studying his word. Thank God for his Word and for the ways he has surrounded you with others who can speak into your life!
Read: Proverbs 1:8-19, Ecclesiastes 1:4-7
Reflect: This first paternal appeal is a warning against those who promise profit by taking sinful advantage of others. Such plots offer companionship and immediate gain, yet they lead down a path that ends in destruction. The force behind the temptation is greed, what the apostle Paul calls “the love of money” (1 Tim. 6:10). The father concludes his warning by pointing out that accumulating wealth through greed “takes away the life of its possessors” (Prov. 1:19). Considering the passage as a whole, what might this loss of life include?
Pray: Ask God to keep you from making poor decisions in your life. Confess to God the ways you have been led down paths of destruction in recent days.
Read: Proverbs 1:8-19, Ecclesiastes 1:8-10
Reflect: We return to this passage again today, to meditate more on what is held out. Consider today verses 8-9. Why does Solomon tell his son he should heed his parent’s instruction? Further, what are some ways you find that you are enticed to sin? Thinking again about Ecclesiastes — what is the end of all indulgence and seeking to make your life center around you? How are your sin and your desire to make life about you tied together?
Pray: Praise God for saving you from your sin and destruction. Ask him to make you aware of sin in your life and ways you have not heeded his wisdom.
Read: Proverbs 1:20-33, Ecclesiastes 1:11
Reflect: In the book of Proverbs, wisdom and folly are often personified, meaning they are turned into people, to help us better understand them. Why do you think the wisdom literature of the Bible might do this with concepts like wisdom? How is wisdom imaged here? What are some traits that she displays? What are some promises of wisdom held out in this passage?
Read: Proverbs 1:20-33, Ecclesiastes 1:12-18
Reflect: We return to this passage again today to consider it more. As we see the Lady Wisdom, everything she does is not always sweet and tender. In verses 26-27, what is she doing? Why is wisdom responding this way, according to the previous verses? What is this practically saying? How have you known this to be true in your own life?
Pray: Ask God to give you a heart and mind that does not ignore wisdom. Thank God for ways that he has led you down wise paths in the past. Pray for others in our congregation needing wisdom during this time.
Read: Ecclesiastes 1:12-18
Reflect: What jumps out to you about this passage? What are some questions you’ll bring to the sermon on Sunday morning?
Pray: Ask God to prepare your heart and the hearts of everyone who will gather together tomorrow!
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