Pastor Tan’s Sermon 18, July, 2015

Pastor Tan’s Sermon 18, July, 2015
Wisdom for Living
Wisdom isn’t accumulation of knowledge. Biblical wisdom brings us to acknowledge God and trust Him as a way of life.
Proverb 9:10
To revere God is the beginning of wisdom. To revere God must be done all the time, not occasionally.
Prosperity: To have genuine intimate relationship with God.
Luke 12:15
It is not about the amount of money or knowledge.
Matt 4:4
To live a blessed life, we are to live everyday with the word of God.
1. To understand vanity
Ecc 12:8
Vanity: Meaninglessness. Uncertain. Unpreditable. Uncontrollable.
Future is uncertain

2. To understand the concluding thought of the Preacher
Ecc 12:9-14
Vanity is a part of wisdom. Even if we are wise, we still cannot control our future.
Preacher still tried to teach properly.
Goads are used to lead the sheep.
Well driven nails: They are painful but they are necessary to hold life together.
The Preacher has done all the study for us. If we do more study on our own, it will be tiresome to us.
Conclusion: Fear God and keep His commandments.

3. How should we live
Proverb 9:11-12
We may like to control life, we may not like mystery. However, life is really unpredictable.
It is about being, not just doing.
Ecc 11:1-2
Take risk. Do marine trading. Diversify the effort too.
Ecc 11:3, 5
Rain will just come regardless of whether we have outing. We do not know how the storm comes, which direction or which tree. We just know after trees fall.
Ecc 11:4, 6
In the midst of risk, don’t do nothing. We need to be diligent. We have to do what we know to do.
Ecc 11:7-8
It is good to see the sun. It means we are alive.
– rejoice all the days v. 9, 12:1
Remember the Creator. The earth is so liveable. This is a miracle in itself.
Ecc 12:7
After cremation, we will return to carbon, hydrogen, oxygen. We are created being , at the receiving end. God is the Creator.
Ecc 11:8
Remember: Bear in mind there will come difficulties.
Ecc 12:1
God is the Creator. He created both day and night. We can find God’s faithfulness when we experience good and bad times.
Ecc 11:9
In the midst of pursuing vision, let’s do it within the boundary of God’s commandment.
Ecc 11:10
We refuse to worry, keep body healthy.
– remove sorrow from heart.
What if one day God asks us, “Why are you sorrowful? Why are you not thankful for this life?”
Ecc 12:1
We should remember God before the difficult days. We should not wait until we retire before we serve God.
Ecc 12:2-3
Before the end comes. Before old age comes. While we are young and strong and passionate, we should serve God. All these figures of speech point to old age. We need to remember our Creator before we meet death.
Eph 5:15-18, Luke 12:15-21
We need to fear and remember God.
Prayer in 3 different ways:
– active: Asking God to remove problems.
– passive: No prayer at all.
– middle: Willed passitivity. We activate our will to participate in God’s will. Prayer: “God, I want what You want”. In married life, husband and wife submit to each other

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Posted July 23, 2015 by Jefri Yue Fei 吴岳飞 in Sermon, Tan Ye Peng

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