14th Sunday after Trinity – Sunday 6th September 2015 – Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23

Where are the surprises?

Whose voices do we not hear?

What challenges us?

Surprises – do you agree with what I find surprising in the text?

  1. There’s been a backlash against the emphasis that ‘God’s priority is for the poor’. But in these verses the ‘poor’  are headlining.
  2. The Lord pleads the cause of the poor who have been victimised. The best barrister to have on Judgement Day!
  3. v1 -Trip Advisor hasn’t started on churches yet. What ‘good name’ might we get?

The voices we don’t hear – What might they say?

  1. These proverbs are not to be argued with. They are just ‘givens’. Which one would you argue with if you could?
  2. Increasingly we are being encouraged to speak of ‘people who are poor’ and ‘people who are rich’. We are people foremost and the money we have is secondary they might argue.
  3. What might the ‘poor’ say about all these proverbs given in their favour? Perhaps not to be poor in the first place?

What challenges us in 2015?

  1. To be generous knowing that this is costly and sometimes we get conned because of our generosity. As we look forward to harvest how might we be generous?
  2. I want to argue that – Those who sow injustice get away with it for a long time – the church’s role in speaking out against injustice
  3. How our churches full of older people can be a blessing to the younger people not in our churches. How can they be ‘generous’.
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