June 29, 2016

Is Smart the New Sexy? – Halfway Recap

As we have reached our halfway point in the sermon series “Is Smart the New Sexy?” we have covered a number of life lessons from the book of Proverbs. At the start of the series we were figuring out what “Smart” actually means, but by week four we dove into why we need to choose Smart. If you’ve missed a week or haven’t been taking your notes home, here is your chance for a quick recap on the series!

Proverbs 1:7-10
7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
 but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
8 Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction
 and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
9 They are a garland to grace your head
 and a chain to adorn your neck.
10 My son, if sinful men entice you,
 do not give in to them.

As we said before, week one was all about figuring out what Smart really is. The majority of the time when people say the word “smart”, they usually mean “wise”. For example, picture a mom instructing her teenage son to make smart decisions or to “be smart”. She really is saying, make wise decisions and to be wise. If she wants her son to be wise, she would instruct him to read the book of Proverbs and if she really wants her son to learn how to be wise she would show him the “Is Smart the New Sexy?” sermon series from Cornerstone Community Church.

There is an equation to determine what makes some one wise. It takes four different concepts: Intellectual Ability, Knowledge, Thoughtful Application and Self Discipline. All four of these equate what it means to have wisdom and to be smart.

Proverbs 3:5-6
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

But in what areas of life do we have to be smart with? You can’t expect anyone to be smart with every decision they make throughout their life. Pastor Ron Armstrong laid out three key areas to focus on: your reputation, your money and to be smart with your kids. The mom in the previous example was being intentionally smart with her kid. She chose to communicate about important stuff.

The third week in our sermon series was all about dads and learning that great dads make the faithfulness choice. Dads that are faithful to their wives and to their families, are dads that will be blessed. If you cannot be trusted you can’t be blessed. On top of that, great dads are able to spot and explain danger.

Proverbs 9:1
Wisdom has built her house; she has set up its seven pillars.
2 She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine; she has also set her table.
3 She has sent out her servants, and she calls from the highest point of the city,

Clearly, being wise is the way to go. But you have to choose to be smart. Smart people don’t swing at every pitch. They don’t respond to every stupid thing that is said to them. If they do respond, the goal of a wise person is always reconciliation. During the fourth week of “Is Smart the New Sexy?” Pastor Ron Armstrong instructed us to make four simple choices:

  • Get an accountability partner
  • Commit to getting counsel before making big decisions
  • Get into a small group
  • Commit to learning something new

Follow these four steps and you will be choosing the smart path, choosing the path of wisdom. Because being smart really means being wise. As we move forward in this series it’s important to know that Proverbs is not a book of promises. It is a book of wise sayings. They aren’t always right, but they are the way to bet. We look forward to seeing you at church for the rest of this sermon series!


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