Preaching Christ in the Proverbs (Video and Audio)

My good friend Matt Holst, minister of Geneva OPC in Woodstock, GA, recently delivered a lecture titled “Preaching Christ in the Proverbs” at the Reformation Worship Conference at Midway Presbyterian Church in Powder Springs, GA. You can see a brief outline for Matt’s lecture here.  You can find the audio here. You can watch the video below. This is a challenging subject on many levels–not least of which is the fact that wisdom literature has been largely neglected in the biblical-theological realm. Years ago I heard Peter Lillback lecture on  “Finding Christ’s Virtuous Wife” (Preaching Christ in light of Proverbs 31). At the time, I thought that what Lillback did was too fanciful for me to embrace as a legitimate interpretive model. The more I’ve grown in my understanding of “Scripture in the life of Jesus” (i.e. Scripture in the life of the Messiah as true Israel), I have come to appreciate what Lillback does in this lecture.

UPDATE: Since this post was written, Crossway has released Nancy Guthrie’s The Wisdom of God: Seeing Jesus in the Psalms and Wisdom Literature and Ray Ortlund’s outstanding commentary Proverbs: Wisdom that Works. I cannot recommend these works enough. You can listen to sermons from Ortlund’s Proverbs series below:

Oct. 24, 2010
Proverbs on money
Proverbs 10:22
Ray Ortlund, Jr.

Oct. 10, 2010
Proverbs on life and death
Proverbs 12:28
Ray Ortlund, Jr.

Sep. 19, 2010
Proverbs on friendship
Proverbs 18:24
Ray Ortlund, Jr.

Sep. 5, 2010
Proverbs on emotions
Proverbs 15:30
Ray Ortlund, Jr

Aug. 29, 2010
Proverbs on family life
Proverbs 22:6
Ray Ortlund, Jr.

Aug. 22, 2010
Humility: a better future
Proverbs 22:4
Ray Ortlund, Jr.

Aug. 15, 2010
The power of words
Proverbs 18:21
Ray Ortlund, Jr.

Aug. 8, 2010
Now what?
Proverbs 9
Ray Ortlund, Jr.

Jul. 25, 2010
A biblical worldview is joyous
Proverbs 8
Ray Ortlund, Jr.

Jul. 18, 2010
Why our sexuality matters so much to God
Proverbs 6:20–7:27
Ray Ortlund, Jr.

Jul. 11, 2010
Responsibility, opportunity, and unity in the Gospel
Proverbs 6:1–19
Ray Ortlund, Jr.

Jul. 4, 2010
Wisdom applies to our sexuality
Proverbs 5
Ray Ortlund, Jr.

Jun. 20, 2010
The two paths
Proverbs 4
Ray Ortlund, Jr.

May. 30, 2010
Wisdom creates community
Proverbs 3:13–35
Ray Ortlund, Jr.

May. 23, 2010
Wisdom for life at the extremes
Proverbs 3:9–12

Ray Ortlund, Jr.

May. 16, 2010
What a life of shalom looks like

Proverbs 3:1–8
Ray Ortlund, Jr.

Apr. 25, 2010
How to gain velocity
Proverbs 2
Ray Ortlund, Jr.

Apr. 18, 2010
A storm is coming
Proverbs 1:20–33
Ray Ortlund, Jr

Apr. 11, 2010
Proverbs 1:8–19
Ray Ortlund, Jr.

Mar. 21, 2010
What the book of Proverbs accomplishes
Proverbs 1:1–7
Ray Ortlund, Jr.

Mar. 14, 2010
Proverbs: why this book matters
Proverbs 9:4–16
Ray Ortlund, Jr.

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