In the past, The Well has taken a month to focus on Wisdom. Much like years past, we are going to take the month of July and have a "31 Days of Wisdom" challenge. There are 31 days in July and there also happen to be 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs. I want to challenge you as a church to read a chapter per day for the entire month. This challenge can help you in two ways. First you will increase in wisdom as each chapter offers countless pieces of wisdom that can be applied immediately to your life. Secondly, if you have not been in the regular habit of Bible reading, this is a great way to start.
We will also be teaching and reading from the Proverbs on Sunday mornings during our regular worship service. I recognize that we should be growing in wisdom every day of the year, but this "31 Days" can simply offer us a good reason to start. If you are new to opening you Bible on a regular basis, I would suggest that you read from the New Living Translation (NLT) or the The Message versions of the Bible. The language used in these versions is much more consistent with how we typically communicate.
For example, The New International Version (NIV) gives this reason for the study of the Proverbs; for gaining wisdom and instruction; for understanding words of insight; 3 for receiving instruction in prudent behavior, doing what is right and just and fair; while the New Living Translation reads Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. 3 Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair. Proverbs 1:2-3
This is clearly the same message even if different words are used to articulate it. It will just be more helpful for you if you are using a version of the Bible that you are comfortable with.
Please enjoy the next "31 Days of Wisdom." If you are reading this message on Facebook, please “like” this posting to share with us that you have accepted the challenge. I would also encourage you to use the Facebook page to share with us how God is changing you in the process by commenting when appropriate. We really do what to know how you are doing. God Bless and be wise!