Thursday Morning Bible Study
Each Thursday morning we gather at 11 to study the scriptures. We meet in the largest classroom on our ground floor of our building at 6945 Gillis Way, Gainesville, VA, 20155. We are concluding our study of the Book of Proverbs. We advertize this study on Meet-Up.com. It is open to the public, as are all our studies and services.
Topics in the Proverbs
We are studying the Book of Proverbs both Sunday morning and Thursday morning. The book seems divided into two sections, each with its own style. Chapters 1-9 contain Textual studies that cohere and flow. Chapters 10-31 contain topic studies that seem fairly random. It's challenging to assemble proverbs from the latter section which deal with a particular topic. In his commentary, Matthew Henry provided an extensive collection of proverbs by topic. His work is open source now, so you can find it for free in a number of places. One of those is the e-sword Bible software app. I've been using that for years and find it an excellent study tool. It also is available free. Download it here, and then download Matthew Henry's commentary to find the complete list.
1. Of the comfort, or grief, parents have in their children, according as they are wise or foolish, godly or ungodly, 10:1; 15:20; 17:21, 17:25; 19:13, 19:26; 23:15, 23:16, 23:24, 23:25; 27:11; 29:3
2. Of the world's insufficiency, and religion's sufficiency, to make us happy (10:2, 10:3; 11:4) and the preference to be therefore given to the gains of virtue above those of this world, 15:16, 15:17; 16:8, 16:16; 17:1; 19:1; 28:6, 28:11
3. Of slothfulness and diligence, 10:4, 10:26; 12:11, 12:24, 12:27; 13:4, 13:23; 15:19; 16:26; 18:9; 19:15, 19:24; 20:4, 20:13; 21:5, 21:25, 21:26; 22:13, 22:29; 24:30-34; 26:13-16; 27:18, 27:23, 27:27; 28:19. Particularly the improving or neglecting opportunities, 6:6; 10:5
Our theme for 2019 comes from Luke 1:1, and is "Things Most Surely Believed." The beloved physician (Colossians 4:14) and most capable historian wrote his gospel to present an orderly account of things that were accomplished among them. Luke was not an eye-witness, but interviewed many eye-witnesses to assemble this longest (by word count) of the gospels.
In our post-modern age, facts are readily dismissed as opinions, as though we individually have the right to pick and choose what facts we accept. The gospels of our Lord and Savior are presented as facts; things most surely believed.
We will explore this theme in the sermon on the first Sunday of each month this year. Audio recordings of these sermons will be available.