Archive for October, 2010

As we continue our series through Proverbs we’ll look this Sunday at the topic of the “sluggard” which simply means “a person who is habitually inactive or lazy.”  You might want to discuss this topic with your friends or family before this Sunday to have your own thoughts about it before you come in.  You also might want to remember your pastors in your prayers as they prepare for this sermon.  Below you’ll find some of the principal texts from Proverbs dealing with this issue.  As you go through these passages think about:

  1. What are the material consequences of laziness?
  2. What does the lazy person want?  What motivates him?
  3. Is the lazy person free? Or does the lazy person experience a form of bondage/ slavery?
  4. In what areas of my life do I exhibit these tendencies?
  5. What hope do I have in Jesus for those aspects of my life?

Proverbs 6:6

Go to the ant, O sluggard;

consider her ways, and be wise.


Proverbs 6:9

How long will you lie there, O sluggard?

When will you arise from your sleep?


Proverbs 10:4-5

A slack hand causes poverty,

but the hand of the diligent makes rich.

He who gathers in summer is a prudent son,

but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.


Proverbs 10:15

A rich man’s wealth is his strong city;

the poverty of the poor is their ruin.


Proverbs 10:26

Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,

so is the sluggard to those who send him.


Proverbs 12:11

Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,

but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.


Proverbs 12:24

The hand of the diligent will rule,

while the slothful will be put to forced labor.


Proverbs 13:4

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing,

while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.


Proverbs 15:19

The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns,

but the path of the upright is a level highway.


Proverbs 19:24

The sluggard buries his hand in the dish

and will not even bring it back to his mouth.


Proverbs 20:4

The sluggard does not plow in the autumn;

he will seek at harvest and have nothing.


Proverbs 21:25

The desire of the sluggard kills him,

for his hands refuse to labor.


Proverbs 22:13

The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside!

I shall be killed in the streets!”


Proverbs 24:30-34

I passed by the field of a sluggard,

by the vineyard of a man lacking sense,

and behold, it was all overgrown with thorns;

the ground was covered with nettles,

and its stone wall was broken down.

Then I saw and considered it;

I looked and received instruction.

A little sleep, a little slumber,

a little folding of the hands to rest,

nd poverty will come upon you like a robber,

and want like an armed man.


Proverbs 26:13

The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road!

There is a lion in the streets!”


Proverbs 26:14

As a door turns on its hinges,

so does a sluggard on his bed.


Proverbs 26:15

The sluggard buries his hand in the dish;

it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth.


Proverbs 26:16

The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes

than seven men who can answer sensibly.










The Wise Woman (Proverbs 31)

Posted: October 19, 2010 by limabean03 in Uncategorized
preached by Rob Sturdy

On Nov 6th the Rev. Dr. Kendall Harmon will be visiting us as part of the Immersion Lecture Series. Find out more about Immersion here. Kendall will be spending the morning at Trinity Church (click here for directions) discussing topics about Biblical Theology that he is most passionate about. Do not miss this great opportunity to deepen your faith by expanding your mind!

Our Great God

Posted: October 18, 2010 by doulos tou Theou in Uncategorized

Required Text:  ESV Study Bible, Vos, G. Biblical Theology (if you wish to order this through the Trinity Book Stall let me know ASAP)

Oct 20th:          An Introduction to Biblical Theology and the Gospel in Creation

  • Biblical Readings:             Luke 24:  13-35, Gen chs. 1-2
  • Readings from the ESV:   The Theology of the Old Testament (pg 29), Old Testament Timeline (pg 32), God’s Relationship With Creation (pg 2529), Interpreting the Bible (pg 2561), Interpreting the Bible: a historical overview (pg 2563), Reading the Bible (pg 2567-2576)
  • Other Readings:    Walton, J.H. “Creation in Genesis 1.1-2:3 and the Ancient Near East” Calvin Theological Journal 43 (2008) pgs 48-63.  Click here for a link to this article

Oct 27th:          The Fall and the Promises of Redemption

  • Biblical Reading:              Gen chs. 3-11
  • Readings from the ESV:   Introduction to the Pentateuch (pg 35), Introduction to Genesis (pg 39)
  • Other Readings:    Vos pgs 41-65

Nov 3rd:           Covenant and Redemption

  • Biblical Reading               Gen chs. 12-50
  • Readings from the ESV:   God’s Plan of Salvation (pg 2501)
  • Other Readings:                Jeon, J.K. Covenant Theology pgs 116-130 & 213-234

Nov 6th:           A day with the Rev. Dr. Kendall Harmon

Nov 10th:         The Exodus and the Covenanted People

  • Biblical Reading               Exodus
  • Other Readings:                Vos pg 100-183

Nov 17th:         Covenant Null and Void?  The Fall of Kingdom

  • Biblical Readings              1 & 2 Kings, (Pick one MAJOR Prophet)
  • Other Readings:                OPTIONAL BUT USEFUL Vos pg 234-296


A friend from Charleston has begun an interesting new community to discuss pressing issues regarding acknowledged or unacknowledged approaches to reality.  Check out there website by following the links below.

Marginal Conversations (MC) is a community building group that encourages reflection about our working theories about reality through conversations in community. MC cultivates continuing conversations at  “third places” , or informal meeting places outside of home and work where people spend much of their spare time and form close community ties. Examples of third places include coffee shops, pubs, smoking shops, places of worship and community centers. Third place regulars can participate in continuing conversations with each other that grow in depth over time (thus the “conversations” in “Marginal Conversations”). But what are “marginal” conversations, and how can they build community?

Think of the margins of a page in a book. When we read a page of text, we’re paying attention to the words, not the blank margins surrounding the text. The margins don’t get a lot of attention, but it would be difficult to read if the margins weren’t keeping the text in alignment. The text is justified against the margins in a way that gives it order and makes it readable. Everybody has a working picture or theory of how the world works that serves as their “text.” The “margins” in our lives are the assumptions that frame our theories and hold them up. Just as we don’t pay attention to the margins of the page when we’re reading the text, we rarely pay attention to our background assumptions about how the world works as we rely on them to interpret our experience. We look through our marginal theories at the world.

Go on over and pay them a visit here

The Wise Man (Proverbs Series)

Posted: October 17, 2010 by limabean03 in Uncategorized
preached by Iain Boyd