Suggested reading for week of May 8th
Hello, and welcome to another exciting week of Project Ezra! This week’s reading is Proverbs chapter 2. I got to read a little earlier than usual this week. Last night I had the privilege of joining several brothers in Christ to witness and open-air preach at a local street fair. Proverbs 2 provides a great interface between God’s word and the common misconceptions of our current age that I was able to use as a bridge to the gospel. Contrary to “common wisdom” (which is frequently common ignorance), our Christian faith is not blind, and we don’t have to put our minds in check to believe.
The beginning of the chapter tells us that if we are searching for wisdom, knowledge and understand, we will find them in God, as well as finding God through the proper use of them. We know that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and need to pass that on to those we speak to. There are a few ideas below, but many more that you could choose from. Simply contrast common wisdom with a true biblical worldview, and you will immediately have a multitude of subjects to discuss. For example:
Wisdom – God is not contrary to wisdom, or knowledge. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, and no knowledge is more important than the truth of our sinful state before a perfect, holy God, and the truth of his sacrifice on the cross.
Scientific knowledge – True science, and the scientific method, are in no way contrary to God’s word. The only reason that logic is logical, and the only reason that scientists can expect meaningful, consistent results in their experiments is due to the fact that God made the world in a logical, orderly fashion. Our universe
Justice – The true God is not the cause of war, hatred, evil, and injustice, but the solution to them. He is perfect, and just, and will punish all injustice. But his justice is unbending. So if he were to wipe out all injustice and evil tonight, where would we be tomorrow morning? See 2 Peter 3:9
Any one of these alone is a good transition into a gospel presentation. Or, you could use all three for added impact. And these are just a starting point. There are many areas where the bible speaks directly against the humanistic worldview that is so prevalent today. If you come up with any good ideas, please share them with the group on the Facebook group wall: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1250459&id=1128366175#!/group.php?gid=103701805742
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I will be putting up a couple special posts from some of our participants this weekend, so be sure to check back. There will be written accounts, pictures, and video. We’d love to hear your stories and see your pictures and video too. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, just a record of your participation and anything you want to share. You would be amazed the impact that a simple, heartfelt testimony can have, and what an encouragement it is to people for them to see someone just like them who is willing to stand up for Christ. And please, share these Project Ezra posts on whatever social networking sites you frequent, so other believers can find out about Project Ezra.
See you on the streets!