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Training in Wisdom

Timothy Keller Sermons Podcast by Gospel in Life–Training in Wisdom

  1. Introduction

    • Topic: Understanding and Applying God’s Wisdom
    • Scripture Focus: Proverbs 3:1-12, 30:1-4
    • Key Takeaways: Wisdom transcends moral values, offering guidance in morally permissible choices; essential for navigating life’s complexities.
  2. The Nature of Wisdom

    • Definition: Competence in handling life’s complex realities.
    • Distinct from Moral Goodness: Wisdom involves understanding and acting upon life’s intricacies, not just moral principles.
    • Application Examples: Involves discernment in areas like work, love, and family.
  3. Acquiring Wisdom

    • Process: Gaining wisdom through continuous, mundane actions; a long-term pursuit.
    • Cultural Critique: Modern culture often seeks quick solutions, but wisdom requires a disciplined path.
    • Biblical Perspective: Portrayed as a pathway rather than a sudden revelation.
  4. Practices for Gaining Wisdom

    • Knowing God: Deepening understanding of God’s unfailing love.
    • Knowing Self: Honest self-assessment and acceptance of one’s limitations.
    • Knowing Friends: The role of community and mentors in developing wisdom.
    • Knowing God’s Best Practices: Engaging with and applying Scriptural principles.
    • Knowing Trouble: Transforming suffering into wisdom.
  5. The Ultimate Wisdom: The Cross

    • Jesus as the Ultimate Answer: Christ’s crucifixion as the embodiment of wisdom in suffering and injustice.
    • Transformation through the Cross: Embracing the cross leads to wisdom in all life areas.
  6. Conclusion

    • Summary: True wisdom involves a steady, disciplined approach, deeply rooted in understanding God’s love and the transformative power of the cross.
    • Invitation: Encouragement to embark on the path of wisdom through daily, practical steps and reliance on the cross.

Bible Verses (limited to 20 words each as applicable):

  • Proverbs 3:1-12: Emphasizes trust in God, acknowledging Him in all ways, and the blessings of wisdom.
  • Proverbs 30:1-4: Highlights human limitations in understanding and the need for divine insight.

Tim Keller’s Message: Emphasizes the importance of wisdom as a pathway involving daily practices, understanding God’s love, self-awareness, community engagement, scriptural engagement, and dealing with troubles. The cross of Christ is central to understanding and applying wisdom in all life areas.

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