Proverbs of the Wise III
Dr. Joe Temple

Introduction

Open your Bibles to the book of Proverbs, that portion of the Word of God that we are studying together. We will be reading from a portion of the Word that is contained in chapter 22 of the book of Proverbs. We would like to remind you of the divisions of the book of Proverbs because we have been in this particular division of the book for two weeks, and we would like for you to know exactly where you are.

Review

You will keep in mind that in the first nine chapters of the book of Proverbs, we have Solomon's advice to his sons as it was presented in thirteen lessons on wisdom, all of them beginning with the words, “my sons.” We have just completed the second division of the book designated The Proverbs of Solomon , which begins with chapter 10 and ends with chapter 22, verse 16, called The Proverbs of Solomon because they present the personal proverbs of Solomon which he himself delivered.

We have just begun the third division of the book, The Proverbs of the Wise , beginning in chapter 22, verse 17, going through chapter 24, verse 22. They are called the Proverbs of the Wise because of the way that the portion of the Word begins. Notice chapter 22, verse 17:

Proverbs 22:

17 Bow down thine ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply thine heart unto my knowledge.

We discovered that the words the wise refer to a group of people who were on an equality with the prophets and the priests, so you might want to refer to these as The Proverbs of the Wise I because in chapter 24, verse 23, you find emphasized another division of The Proverbs of the Wise :

Proverbs 24:

23 These things also belong to the wise…

Since we are discussing this particular section, The Proverbs of the Wise I , I think it would be wise for us to keep in mind what we learned about the theme of this particular section. You will recall that it began with an exhortation with which all of these lectures began—to heed very carefully what was presented. The theme is described in the phrase, excellent things , but when we were going over this introduction, we showed you that the Hebrew word translated by our English words excellent things could also be translated by the number three. We are of the opinion that the theme of this particular section is based upon a threefold purpose which we examined together: in verse 19, the importance of a personal trust in the Lord; in verse 21, the first statement, the importance of being assured of the truth of that which we have been taught; in the second portion of verse 21, the answer of hope which all of us as well-taught believers should be able to give to searching individuals when they come to us with questions about the ordinary affairs of life. Are we to give to them our own opinions or are we to speak to them that which is in the Word of God? The latter is true. The well-trained believer, after listening to the words of the wise, should be able to answer a great many questions that individuals have.

We said that this first division of The Words of the Wise fell naturally into a number of divisions which we would be discussing. We suggest them to you in their entirety before discussion in case you want to indicate these divisions in your Bibles in some way, following that suggestion as you read. The first division is Things Not to Do . The second division is The Value of Family Training . The third division is Three Kinds of Company . The fourth division is The Pleasant Riches of Wisdom's House.

That last division is something with which we are familiar because we have noticed already in our study of the book of Proverbs that wisdom is pictured as building a house. We learned that that house had seven pillars. We are going to learn in this particular section of the book of Proverbs the wonderful treasures that are found in wisdom's house. Just as in your home you have all kinds of furniture, bric-a-brac, and what have you, there is also that which you consider very valuable treasures, so that if you were to have a fire in your home you would try to save them first. This is what is suggested by that last section in the words of the wise.

In our last lesson, we began a discussion of certain things that we as believers should avoid. We discussed them in detail with you then. We should avoid the exploitation of the poor. We should avoid evil companionships. We should avoid the co-signing of notes—that is, being surety on notes for individuals—and we should avoid that which is described in verse 28 as leading to and endorsing socialism.

I would now like for us to read the remaining portion of the words of the wise that deal with the things that we should not do as individuals. Notice with me Proverbs, chapter 22, verse 29:

Proverbs 22:

29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

Proverbs 23:

1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:
2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.
9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.
10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless:
11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.

We stop our reading there because that is the portion of the Word that deals with the remaining things that you and I as well-taught believers should avoid. I think it would be wise for us to recognize that we have already considered verses 10-11, along with verse 28, where we read:

Proverbs 22:

28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.

As we examined verse 28 and verses 10-11 of chapter 23, we pointed out to you those errors which believers can become involved in unknowingly which contribute to a socialistic program which is contrary to the Word of God.

Avoid a Lack of Ambition

As we continue our thinking along the lines of things not to do, we suggest to you that the next thing to consider is presented to us by means of implication, for in verse 29 you do not find a negative statement; you find a positive one:

Proverbs 22:

29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business? he shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.

It is not peculiar to the Holy Spirit to follow the habit of changing the figures of speech and the metaphors of application as He presents spiritual truths. So to keep in mind the things that we as believers ought to avoid, we have labeled what is discovered here in verse 29 A Lack of Ambition . The individual believer, well grounded in the Word of God, should avoid a lack of ambition. Rather, he should be characterized by a very resourceful ambition because he has not only his natural abilities upon which he might draw, but he has also the wisdom of God which is made available to him in a new and unique way.

We have suggested to you that the study of the book of Proverbs always emphasizes the practical application of things, and so we could talk to you in relation to your ambition in regard to ordinary, everyday things. One rendering of this verse does exactly that: “Do you know a hard working man? He shall be successful and stand before kings.” This is true whether a man is saved or unsaved, whether a man is a believer or an unbeliever. If he works hard he will not stand before obscure men (which is the meaning of mean men ), but he will stand before kings in the sense that he will have the opportunity of an important position. Nothing will take the place of good honest work, and Solomon would have you know that.

We have suggested to you that the book of Proverbs has not only a practical application, but it has a spiritual one, and I think you would probably pass over the spiritual application in this particular verse if you did not delve a little more deeply into it than we might do when the spiritual application is self-evident, so I would like for you to consider with me that the word business is a very interesting word as far as the Hebrew text is concerned. It comes from the Hebrew word mlakah , which itself comes from another Hebrew word malak . This root word malak had for its original meaning “to dispatch an individual as a minister of God.”

I call that to your attention because I want you to see what I believe to be true here. There is a spiritual message granted. The practical side of the question is well taken, but look at it from the spiritual standpoint:

Proverbs 22:

29 Seest thou a man diligent in his business?…

What kind of business? The business that is related to the Lord—the Lord's business, the minister who is dispatched from God Himself. When you see a man diligent in the ministry of the Lord (we are not talking about ministers and pastors. We are talking about the individual who recognizes his special gift from God and carries out with dispatch the thing that God has enabled him to do), such a man shall not stand before mean men (ordinary men). He shall stand before kings.

In a very real sense we who are diligent in the business of the Lord will stand before the king—the King of kings, the Lord of lords. The word stand is of interest because some of us who lack confidence might wonder how we would stand before the King on that day that is called the Day of Judgment , not the Day of Judgment where men are judged for their sins, but the Judgment Seat of Christ , where men are judged for their works.

This particular word stand , which is one of several in the Hebrew text that could have been used, means “to stand fast.” The encouragement is that if you are diligent in the discharge of the work that the Lord has given you, you will be able to stand fast at the Judgment Seat of Christ. You will be able to stand without wavering, wondering whether or not pleasure will be found in your works or, in the words of other texts, “whether your work will be wood and hay and stubble, or gold and silver and precious stones.” You will know because you have been diligent in the work.

We have noticed with you that practically every one of these Old Testament exhortations has a New Testament reference as a counterpart. Turn to Romans, chapter 12, and notice just one of many New Testament references which could be considered a counterpart to this particular proverb which we have been considering. You will recognize in chapter 12, beginning with verse 9, a number of exhortations that follow the encouragement for the individual to use the gift which God has given him in ministry and strength which God has provided:

Romans 12:

9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Center your attention on verse 11, which is the New Testament counterpart of this Old Testament proverb: “Seest thou a man diligent in business? he shall stand before kings…” Here we read:

Romans 12:

11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

Again, there is a suggestion that you should be diligent in the ordinary business affairs of life, but recognizing the spiritual application: “Be not slothful in the business to which God has called you.” As a believer, be diligent and at that day when we all must give a report for the way that we have carried on that work which God has committed to our particular care, we will be able to stand fast without fear of what is going to happen to us because we have been faithful in the discharge of our duties.

Avoid the Deceitfulness of Riches

Go back to Proverbs, chapter 23, and notice the words beginning with verse 1:

Proverbs 23:

1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:
2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
3 Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
4 Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
5 Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

Were we to read just the first part of that paragraph, we might wonder exactly what this is that we are encouraged to avoid. We find our answer in the words The Deceitfulness of Riches . We should avoid the deceitfulness of riches as is pointed out in the paragraph which we have just read.

I think if we recognize some comparative renderings of various phrases in this text, you will be able to understand it better. Notice verse 1 again:

Proverbs 23:

1 When thou sittest to eat with a ruler [that is some wealthy person], consider diligently what is before thee:

Another rendering is: “Be sure to keep your mind on what is before you.” You see, many of us who are not used to riches are sometimes overwhelmed by the very ostentatiousness of that which is before us, and we forget the real purpose of our calling in life. The Holy Spirit of God is suggesting that when you are invited into the atmosphere of wealth, don't be carried away with what you see. Rather, consider diligently what is before you.

In the original text this is plainer than it is in the English text. It would seem, in the English text, that it is suggested to you here to keep your eyes open and just take in everything like some sightseer on a tour, but instead you are reminded to keep your mind on what is before you—what the goal is that God has set before you. What is it that you have already obligated yourself to do?

It is interesting that this particular warning would follow the warning concerning the need of being diligent in the business and the service of the Lord. Many men are deterred from that which they know that God wants them to do by becoming involved in a desire for riches. So serious is this that the Spirit of God says in verse 2:

Proverbs 23:

2 And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.

The phrase, “…given to appetite,” can be translated by the word greedy . If you are a man who is greedy and you are exposed to this kind of thing, the best thing you could do would be to cut your throat. Of course, that advice is given in the same manner that the Lord Jesus Christ gave advice concerning the offense that is brought to little ones. Remember, He said, “If an individual offends one of these little ones young in the faith, it is better for him that a millstone be tied around his neck and he be cast into the sea.” He was emphasizing the importance of what he was suggesting. It is presented in the same principle that the Spirit of God says, “If your eye offend you, pluck it out.” He is not suggesting that you go about putting out your eyes. He is emphasizing the importance of walking in what the Lord would have you do. Here He is not suggesting that you cut your throat literally, but He is suggesting that you might as well if you become greedy because your time will be occupied with that which is not worth searching for or working toward.

In Proverbs, the words deceitful riches are used. Another rendering is, “they are not what they seem,” and that is the reason deceitfulness is brought to our attention in relation to them. It isn't that the man in whose home you are does not have the riches, but it is that those riches are not what they seem. Oftentimes young people are particularly impressed with what their eyes see, and they feel that that which their eyes behold is the important thing in life; but God is saying, “What you see is not always what it seems.” This is not to suggest that everybody become poor overnight in order to please the Lord. It is to suggest that you cease from your own wisdom in relation to what you think is the importance of material goods.

Another rendering is: “Be a sensible man and give it up.” Be a sensible man and give up the pursuit of material riches to the exclusion of everything else. Oftentimes individuals say, “I want to wait until I have a certain amount of money and then I am going to do so and so,” when perhaps the thing in question ought to be done first.

I am going to say something here that some of you older folk may not agree with and some of you young folk might enjoy hearing. There was a day when we of another generation felt that before young people should get married, they ought to have a bank account and a good job. They ought to have their future all planned out before them. That was the feeling, and it was a wise feeling, and it was a possible thing with the momentum with which we moved in those days; but it is a wise thing to keep in mind that in the providence of God things change, and we are moving at a faster momentum now. Many times young people pass up the person whom God has chosen for their life mate because they are waiting on material things. Material things are important, but be sensible and give up the pursuit of that to the exclusion of all other things. Young people are finding today at the accelerated pace at which we are living that it is much better to work together to get the things that they would like to have instead of waiting until the man in question is able to provide.

In my generation you asked the father in question if you might have the hand of his daughter, and the usual response was, “What kind of a living can you make for her?” If he wasn't satisfied that you could provide her with the same comforts he had provided, then he wasn't willing to agree with what was going on. I say to you that it is important to put God's plan first and give up the needless search for material goods that will never satisfy anyway. Young people, finding God's right companion in your life is very important because God has the right person for you. When you have found the right person and are sure that you have found the right person, do not let your needless, unusual desire for material things rob you of the blessing of trusting the Lord together for what He is able to do for you.

Turn to I Timothy, chapter 6, because that proverb, along with all the others, has its New Testament counterpart. We are drawing your attention to these New Testament counterparts because they are able to add things in few words to what the Old Testament proverb has already presented. Notice verse 6:

I Timothy 6:

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

I would like for you to let that sink in. Beloved, godliness doesn't solve all of your problems. If you are not willing to follow what you have learned in relation to being content, your godliness is not going to be of great value to you. Godliness with contentment is great gain because:

I Timothy 6:

7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

That is a tremendous statement. Notice the statement in verse 9: “But, they that will be rich.” It might be better to read this statement, “They that will to be rich.” It is not that rich people necessarily are going to have more problems than others, but notice verse 9:

I Timothy 6:

9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

Notice: Not all rich men fall into these snares, but those who will be rich in spite of the thing that God has called them to do are those who are deceived by riches. Now, verse 10:

I Timothy 6:

10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

You remember, we read that if you sit down at the rich man's table and forget your real calling in life and are so impressed with what you see before you that you are greedy enough to want it before you have what God wants for you, then you might as well put a knife to your throat. This, Paul suggests, is the ruination of a great many folk. Some coveted after these riches and in so doing have erred from the faith and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. You can make the application of that last statement.

Avoid Giving Grudgingly

Go back to the book of Proverbs and notice the paragraph that begins in chapter 23, verse 6, and think carefully as you read because it might seem that I should not have made a break where I did. It might appear on the surface that we are talking about the same thing, but we are not, as you shall see. Notice verse 6:

Proverbs 23:

6 Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:
7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.

I wonder what you would suggest as being the thing against which God is warning us here, as being the thing we should not do, as being the thing which we should avoid. I am going to make a suggestion to you and then tell you why I make that suggestion. I am going to suggest that this paragraph gives the injunction that gifts which are given should not be given grudgingly and gifts which are given grudgingly should not be accepted. Let that sink in. Gifts should not be given grudgingly, and gifts that we know are given grudgingly should not be accepted.

I make that suggestion because of the phrase that is brought to our attention in verse 6: “Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye…” You have all heard about the evil eye in ordinary parlance. It doesn't mean the same thing in Scripture. The evil eye must be compared and contrasted with what is known as the bountiful eye . Everyone has either an evil eye or a bountiful eye in the sense that we are thinking about. Look at chapter 22, verse 9:

Proverbs 22:

9 He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor.

This does not mean that you seek out somebody and begin a welfare program. This phrase, “…he giveth of his bread to the poor,” is used consistently throughout the book of Proverb to describe the liberality of the giver. An individual who has a bountiful eye is a liberal giver. An individual who has an evil eye, within the confines of our context, is an individual who gives grudgingly. Oh yes, he puts on quite a show. He spreads quite a feast. He says, “Eat and drink,” but his heart is not with you, and as he thinketh in his heart, so he is. He is a man who is feeding you his dainties, not because he wishes to, but because he feels, for whatever reason, compelled to. He is doing it grudgingly and it brings no blessing to him, nor does it bring any blessing to you. It is not a very pleasant sight to think about, but chapter 23, verse 8, describes very plainly what happens. Notice:

Proverbs 23:

8 The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.

Whatever blessing may have been received by you through the gift is ruined because you find out it was given grudgingly and you want to give it back, just as an individual might want to vomit up food that was distasteful.

Turn to II Corinthians, chapter 9, for a New Testament counterpart, as far as emphasis is concerned. We recognize that in this portion of the Word we are talking about giving to the Lord's work, and the exhortation is connected with that, but the principle presented in Proverbs is the same. God is not pleased with gifts that are given grudgingly. They provide no blessing for the giver, and they are not even a blessing to the group who receives them. Notice verse 7:

II Corinthians 9:

7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

It has been pointed out to you that the word cheerful could be translated “hilarious”—the man who just throws things to the wind. We wouldn't suggest that you take money and distribute it in that fashion, but the picture is there. When you give, give as you purpose in your heart. Give, not grudgingly nor out of necessity, but hilariously. You purpose in your heart what you are able to give, and then you give that, whether it is five cents or five million dollars, hilariously—without grudging of any kind.

That is the reason that at Abilene Bible Church we have no pledge programs as far as interviews and suggestion as to what individuals are supposed to do is concerned. Sometimes we communicate to you a need, and if we feel led at a particular time, we give you an opportunity to make a faith promise; but we always emphasize that no names should be signed to the promises, that they should be made between you and the Lord on the basis of faith. Other than asking you to turn in your faith promise cards that we might pray with you about it, not knowing to whom the card belongs, no one knows anything about what has transpired, save you and God. You purpose in your heart, and it is amazing what a cheerful giver you can become when you follow God's plan for giving. Avoid giving grudgingingly, and I emphasize the second part of the other side of the coin: Refuse gifts that you know are given grudgingly because you cannot enjoy them anyway.

Avoid Speaking with Fools

Go back to Proverbs, chapter 23, for the last thing that I want to call to your attention, being something that we should avoid. It is very briefly stated in verse 9:

Proverbs 23:

9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

Since the statement is so brief, let me read it again:

Proverbs 23:

9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

I would suggest to you that something we should not do—while you keep in mind that this applies to people who are well- grounded in the Word of God, people who are well-indoctrinated—is we should not speak with a fool. I would call to your attention that the word speak comes from the Hebrew word dabar , which means “to teach or to reason.” Don't try to teach a fool. Don't try to reason with a fool. If you are well-taught in God's Word you will know that you are wasting your time.

It should be kept in mind that the word fool comes from the Hebrew word kciyl , which is translated in some of the modern renderings by the word “rebel.” The fool, in the book of Proverbs, most of the time is an individual who is in open rebellion against God. It is not a person who is mentally deficient. It is a person who is silly. It is a person who is described by the Psalmist: “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.” Don't spend your time trying to teach or reason with a fool, for if you do, the natural result will follow. He will despise you, and it might be well to point out that that word comes from the Hebrew word buwz , which means “to disrespect you.” Not only will he despise you, but he will disrespect you as well.

Some of you may be a bit confused and you may be saying, “Are we not supposed to witness to those who are rebels against God? Are we not supposed to witness to the man who is unsaved? Yes! Yes, you are, but you never attempt to reason with an unregenerated man if you are well-taught in God's Word, for you will recall that the unsaved man, the fool, the rebel, receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God. They are foolishness unto him. He cannot begin to understand. That is the reason that in that same section of the Scripture in Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, chapters 1-2, Paul said, “It pleased God, by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe”—not that the act of preaching is foolishness, but that which men preach seems foolish as far as a means of salvation is concerned because preaching is related to the declaration of the Good News that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures and that Christ was raised from the dead the third day, according to the Scriptures. This is what you must tell men who are unsaved.

Of course, if they have honest questions about the authenticity of the Bible, for example, they are not arguing with you about whether it is true or whether it isn't. You are wasting your time if you try to reason with them along that line; but if they come to you with an open heart and say, “Can you give me some things that will help me to know that the Bible is true?”, then certainly, sit down with them and give them those things, but do not attempt the foolish practice of teaching unsaved individuals. They cannot discern what you are speaking about.

We call to your attention the New Testament reference. First, we would like you to notice what is recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 7. You will recognize these words almost immediately. You have used them widely, but I am not sure that you have always used them in the context in which they ought to be used. The first five verses deal with the matter of judging other people, and it is suggested that you not do it. In verse 6 we read:

Matthew 7:

6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Dogs do not want holy things. They are not able to discern the difference between holy and unholy things, and pigs are not interested in pearls. You go out to the hog pen and cast a strand of pearls down in a hog pen and the swine will trample the pearls under foot and turn on you to see if you have something they want to eat. They are not interested in pearls, and that is the full impact of this verse. If you are trying to teach unsaved people truths that can be discerned only by the spiritual mind, you are casting your pearls before swine.

That this is consistent with the teaching of the Word is borne out in what is found in II Peter. You will recall that Peter, in his second epistle, was emphasizing the fact that false teachers could creep in among the true believers. They could sow their false doctrine and fall short of declaring the full message of the Gospel. On the surface it would appear they had many converts, but when they were not there to pump the converts up and to keep them going on the false doctrine which they had submitted to them, the individuals concerned have nothing upon which they might rest and unto which they might cling, so Peter sums the whole matter up in chapter 2, verse 22, by saying:

II Peter 2:

22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

That is the reason that some people appear to lose their salvation. They never were saved. They were dogs who tried to act like they weren't dogs, but they reverted to their doglike character. Dogs, in the Scripture, are always used of Gentile unbelievers when they are used typically. They revert to their doglike character, eating their own vomit again. The sow, you see, wasn't changed; it was just washed, and when it had the opportunity, it returned to wallowing in the mire.

The Spirit of God, suggesting things not to do recorded in Proverbs, chapter 22-23, suggests that you don't waste time trying to teach a man who is rebellious against God. Pray for him. Lead him to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and then the Spirit of God will open his spiritual ears that he might be able to behold the truth.

As you are aware, most churches have the whole thing reversed. They spend all of their time telling people who have already received Christ as their Savior that Christ died for their sins, which teachs them absolutely nothing. They hope that somehow or other they will be grounded enough in the Word of God to stand in the day of adversity, and most of them can't. If I had no more proof than that of my own experience, it would be sufficient. There is not a week that goes by, and there is hardly a day goes by, that people who are very active in other churches in this town—heads of Sunday school departments, leaders in the churches—come to me and say, “You know the Word of God. This is my problem. What should I do?” Though I don't ask, I often wonder why they come to me with that. If the Word was being taught in their own church, it wouldn't be necessary.

We, I trust, are following the right order here—not to imply that we are perfect, but we are teaching you the Word of God and putting upon your shoulders the responsibility of going out and witnessing, bringing them to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and bringing them in to sit under the sound teaching of the Word of God, for that is the order that God has laid down in His Word.


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