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Stuart Briscoe

Family, marriage, sexuality, work… what is your value system in these areas? It’s important to consider because your values directly influence your behavior. And society is full of conflicting lifestyles and clashing behavior patterns that can rock your existing values. It can be difficult to know what you should value, what should be shaping the way you live.

According to the book of Proverbs, the fear of the Lord is where we ought to begin our system of values. In this series, Stuart Briscoe isn’t afraid to tackle controversial issues as he explores the timeless book of Proverbs to help us understand what God, the source of values, says on the subject of family values, sexual values, workplace values, financial values, social values, and ultimate values.

Messages From This Series:

How should we approach and address the issue of values? That everybody has “values” is obvious, and it is equally obvious that there is considerable disagreement on what constitutes a valid value system. Society is full of conflicting lifestyles and clashing behavior patterns that can rock our existing system. 

Scripture: Proverbs 1:1-1:7

“In the book of Proverbs, wisdom signifies skillful living—the ability to make wise choices and live successfully according to the moral standards of the covenant community…(This) produces things of lasting value to God and to the community.” – Allen P. Ross 

Scripture: Proverbs 1:1-1:7

The United States Supreme Court handed down the opinion that “Marriage is an institution in whose maintenance and purity the public is deeply interested for it is the foundation of the family and society without which there would be neither civilization nor progress.” But times are changing!

Scripture: Proverbs 2

President Johnson speaking at Howard University in 1965 said: “The family is a cornerstones of our society. More than any other force, it shapes the attitudes, the hopes, the ambitions, and the values of the child. When the family collapses it is the children that are usually damaged. When it happens on a massive scale the community itself is crippled.”

Scripture: Proverbs 22:6

George Gallup, the famous pollster, says, “There’s no question about it. The sex-related issues are going to be the most important issues facing all churches in the foreseeable future. Abortion, AIDS, premarital sex, homosexuality, all those are going to be at the vortex.”

Scripture: Proverbs 7:1-7:27

Contemporary society has been described as “sex-saturated.” Sexual values that have long been rejected covertly are now openly challenged and contravened, and new values are being espoused and practiced.

Scripture: Proverbs 7:1-7:27

Most people spend approximately half of their waking hours working. What they believe about work, or their “work ethic,” will therefore profoundly affect the quality of their lives.

Scripture: Proverbs 6:6-6:11

A basic principle of life is, “In all your ways acknowledge Him (the Lord).” One of the ways is the way we handle money. We are taught in Scripture to “honor the Lord with your wealth.” But why should we and how do we?

Scripture: Proverbs 3:9-3:15

At the conclusion of the famous book Habits of the Heart the authors wrote: “Our society has been influenced by the tradition of modern individualism. We have taken the position that our most important task today is the recovery of the insights of the older biblical…traditions.”

Scripture: Proverbs 3:3, Proverbs 21:21

We began by noting that “the fear of the Lord” is the fundamental basis of a system of values, and we have been reminded continually that absolute values are found in the character and nature of God. We conclude by recognizing that ultimate values are found in relationship to the Lord, particularly in doing that which pleases Him.

Scripture: Proverbs 15:33-16:7

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