Minor Prophets – Haggai

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Minor Prophets – Haggai

“A Bag with Holes”

All of our problems stem from sin:

  • Insecurities
  • Fears
  • Jealousy
  • Anger
  • Selfishness

History of prophets (Overview):

  • Assyrians world power and conquered Northern Kingdom (Isaiah, and most minor Prophets deal with this scenario)
  • Babylonians conquer Assyrians and later capture Jerusalem and take captives (Jeremiah solely deals with the Babylon issue as well as Habakkuk, and a little of Zephaniah)
  • Jews were carried off to Babylon for 70 years (Daniel and Ezekiel)
  • Last three prophets focus on post Babylon (Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi)

Four messages from the Lord:

  • August 29, 520 BC (Haggai 1:1)
  • October 17, 520 BC (Haggai 2:1)
  • December 18, 520 BC (Haggai 2:10)
  • December 18, 520 BC (Haggai 2:20)

Haggai 1:1-2

In the second year of King Darius, on the first day of the sixth month, the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest:

This is what the Lord Almighty says: “These people say, ‘The time has not yet come to rebuild the Lord’s house.’

Haggai 1:3-11

Then the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: “Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?”

Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”

This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord. “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty.

 “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house. 10 Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops. 11 I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the olive oil and everything else the ground produces, on people and livestock, and on all the labor of your hands.”

The Scoop

  • The people have been working hard to build up their lives
  • In so doing they have neglected building up the temple
  • They live in nice houses while the temple is only a foundation

Twice God says –

Give careful thought to your ways

Here is God’s response to their neglect

  • Withhold heavens dew
  • Withhold earths crops
  • Made their labor more difficult

Here is the unique thing about Haggai – The People obeyed

Haggai 1:12-15

12 Then Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the whole remnant of the people obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the message of the prophet Haggai, because the Lord their God had sent him. And the people feared the Lord.

13 Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, gave this message of the Lord to the people: “I am with you,” declares the Lord. 14 So the Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work on the house of the Lord Almighty, their God, 15 on the twenty-fourth day of the sixth month.

 

Today, the church has some ‘acceptable’ sins:

  • Apathy
  • Self Centeredness

Haggai 1:8

“Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored,” says the Lord.

God is not being honored by His people!

What does it mean to honor someone?

  • Show high regard
  • Show respect
  • Show reverence           

1 Samuel 2:30b

Those who honor me I will honor, but those who despise me will be disdained

Ezra 6:14

“So the elders of the Jews continued to build and prosper under the preaching of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah, a descendant of Iddo. They finished building the temple according to the command of the God of Israel

 

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Minor Prophets – Zephaniah

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Minor Prophets – Zephaniah

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Zephaniah

  • The great Grandson of Hezekiah

Zephaniah 1:1

The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, during the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah

Zephaniah

  • The great Grandson of Hezekiah
  • People call him the Royal prophet
  • Great grandson probably had – Money, popularity, influence

Outline of Zephaniah

God’s Judgment…

  • Is announced 1:1
  • Is severe 1:2-6
  • Is near                 1:7-18
  • Is Avoidable 2:1-3
  • Is Global 2:4-15
  • Is righteous 3:1-7
  • Is refining 3:8-13
  • Is removed 3:14-20

Some things we need to know:

  • God doesn’t enjoy punishing
  • God’s punishment is the right thing for Him to do
  • God’s punishment steers us in the right direction

OUR PROBLEM IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE SIN

Sin always leads to death and destruction

Pride started and

  • Wanted to be like God
  • Was not content or satisfied
  • Wanted to elevate himself

What happens with sin? – It Grows/ spreads

So God kicks sin out of heaven the problem is now solved. Right?

1 John 3:8

The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

WHAT WE NEED TO REALIZE ABOUT GOD’S CREATION

  • We are eternal
  • He created things to live forever.
  • Sin created death, and it keeps on spreading

God does not want people to go to hell

  • It is created to put a stop to this problem of sin

God has a plan for us

  • Free us from the consequences of sin
  • Use us to spread his truth

Grow us in deeper relations with Him

 

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Minor Prophets – Habakkuk

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Minor Prophets – Habakkuk

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Which Minor prophet was a sheep herder?

 

Who was the unwilling prophet?

 

What is the shortest of the minor prophet books?

 

What prophet was married to Gomer?

 

Which prophet deals with the day of the Lord?

 

How do you spell _________________?

Question: Why do bad things happen to good people?

and

If God is so powerful and so good, then why do bad things happen to his children?

Book of Habakkuk Historically:

Written between 612 and 585BC

Just before the fall of Judah

No longer looking at Assyria.

Now a new threat has arisen in Babylon

In most prophetic books the prophet speaks to the people about God

Habakkuk speaks directly to God:

                Habakkuk 1:2-4

How long, Lord, must I call for help,
but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not save?
Why do you make me look at injustice?
Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?

Destruction and violence are before me;
there is strife, and conflict abounds.
Therefore the law is paralyzed,
and justice never prevails.
The wicked hem in the righteous,
so that justice is perverted.

And God answers Habakkuk:

                Habakkuk 1:5-6

“Look at the nations and watch—
and be utterly amazed.
For I am going to do something in your days
that you would not believe,
even if you were told.
I am raising up the Babylonians,
that ruthless and impetuous people,
who sweep across the whole earth
to seize dwellings not their own

Habakkuk still has questions:

                Habakkuk 1:12-13

12 Lord, are you not from everlasting?
My God, my Holy One, you will never die.
You, Lord, have appointed them to execute judgment;
you, my Rock, have ordained them to punish.

13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil;
you cannot tolerate wrongdoing.
Why then do you tolerate the treacherous?
Why are you silent while the wicked
swallow up those more righteous than themselves?

Here is also part of God’s response:

Habakkuk thought that Judah was God’s righteous and holy people

Judah’s righteousness was based off of The Law

               

                Habakkuk 2:4

 “See, the enemy is puffed up;
his desires are not upright—
but the righteous person will live by his faith

1.Here is what faith believes: God does not make mistakes

Habakkuk questions God’s method, but accepts His plan.

2. Here is what faith believes: God is too kind to be cruel

                Romans 8:28

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Lots of times God’s good comes through hard and difficult trials which require perseverance and patience

3. Here is what faith believes: God always knows what is best for us

                James 1:2-4

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

4. Here is what faith believes: God is in control, thus we can rest easily

How do you respond to the challenges that God throws your way?

Do you let it harden your heart?

Do you let it humble your heart?

SO Here is what faith believes:

  • God does not make mistakes
  • God is too kind to be cruel
  • God always knows what is best for us
  • God is in control, thus we can rest easily
  • And Finally, Faith believes that when we cannot understand the way of God that we can trust the heart of God

               

Lord, I have heard of your fame;
I stand in awe of your deeds, Lord.
Repeat them in our day,
in our time make them known;
in wrath remember mercy.

                Habakkuk 3:2

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Minor Prophets – Nahum

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Minor Prophets – Nahum

Nahum’s message is directed entirely towards Assyria

  • Jonah brought his message in 760BC
  • Nahum’s message around 650BC
Map of Nineveh Nahum 1:7-8

Nahum 1:2-3

The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;
the Lord takes vengeance and is filled with wrath.
The Lord takes vengeance on his foes
and vents his wrath against his enemies.
The Lord is slow to anger but great in power;
the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished

& Nahum 1:7-8

“The Lord is good,
a refuge in times of trouble.
He cares for those who trust in him,
8 but with an overwhelming flood
he will make an end of Nineveh;
he will pursue his foes into the realm of darkness.”

These summarize Nahum:

  • God is loving and gracious
  • God punishes the wicked

Exodus 34:6

“And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness”

God has just as much wrath as he has love:

  • God is 100% love
  • God is 100% justice

Romans 12:9

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”

BIG QUESTION :

Does God show His wrath on believers?

Hebrews 12:7-9

”Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all.”

Two types of wrath:

  • Micro – God brining punishment on an individual for their conduct
  • Macro – God bringing his final punishment of people for their conduct

 

Would God be a good Judge if he let people get away with sin?

GOD HATES SIN

  • How it separates people from Him
  • How it limits people from being their best
  • How it damages relationships
  • How it drags us down towards death and destruction

 

Romans 5:9

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!

John 3:36  

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

1 Thessalonians 5:9

For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ

 

What does God’s punishment look like for us believers?

Romans 13:3-5

For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer.

 

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Minor Prophets – Jonah

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Minor Prophets – Jonah

Minor Prophets – Jonah

  • Hosea – God faithful in the midst of our unfaithfulness
  • Joel – Old testament apocalyptic on future day of the Lord
  • Amos – Common man called to preach word of Lord to Northern Kingdom. Message about injustice being done to the poor and needy. Message not received.
  • Obadiah – smallest OT book. God’s Anger at Edom for taking advantage of Israel when they were being attacked by others. Instead of helping their brothers they attacked them

History of Jonah

  • Prophet from the Northern Kingdom
  • Book Written in third person
  • Book not addressing Israel and their issues, but focusing on God’s universal character of mercy
  • Jonah is from the town of Gath-Hepher

Jonah’s call

  • Go preach to Nineveh
  • Jonah became the unwilling prophet

Assyria history

  • Started 3000BC
  • Began with the city of Asher
  • Asher was the son of Shem

Common Practice of Assyria – Relocation Program

 

Interesting

  • Jonah hears word of the Lord and he runs
  • Foreign heathen King hears word of God and he obeys

Nineveh

  • About 1800 Acres
  • Historians estimate 175,000 people
  • Book of Jonah says 125,000

Book of Jonah

  • Chapters 1-2 – God’s compassion to Jonah
  • Chapters 3-4 – God’s compassion through Jonah

 

GOD IS GOOD AT USING IMPERFECT PEOPLE WITH IMPERFECT MOTIVES

 

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DISOBEY GOD?

  1. Punishment

Hebrews 12:7-11

”Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it.

How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.”

God will punish our disobedience:

  • To correct us
  • To make us more holy
  • Because he loves us

 

  1. God’s will may be accomplished through another person

               

Proverbs 19:21

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails

  1. We miss out on growth or opportunity
  2. God may create challenges that get us to obey anyway

2 Timothy 2:1-4

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

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Trinidad & Missions

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Todays Message is from Pastor Paul, Abby Gangle, Julie Coffman & Nancy Coffman, Jeanne Schneider, Kathy Smith & Jeri Alsup. They were all in Trinidad recently for a missions trip.

Come along and share the journey to Trinidad.

Pray with us that the work that was started will bear fruit for eternity.

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Depression

 

Depression

Depression

When You Suffer From Depression Healthy vs Depressed Persons Synapses
What Happens In The Brain Depressed vs Not-Depressed

Symptoms of depression:

  1. Persistent sad, anxious, or hopeless mood.
  2. Irritability and feelings of anger.
  3. Weight loss or weight gain.
  4. Loss of sleep and energy or too much sleep.
  5. Lose interest in most or all pleasurable activities.
  6. Reduced ability to concentrate, remember, or make decisions.
  7. Overcome with feelings of hopelessness, uselessness, or guilt.
  8. Manifests into physical pain in your body.
  • PHYSICAL

Elijah’s story in 1 Kings 18-19 is an example of depression brought on by physical exhaustion.
Illness can be another physical cause of depression.

Psalm 88:15, 18 (NIV)

  • SENSE OF LOSS

The aging process can bring both physical pains and a sense of loss for the missed opportunities and regrets that can flood your mind.

Jeremiah, known as the weeping prophet.

Ecclesiastes 12:1-8

  • ENVIRONMENT AND CIRCUMSTANCES

Job is an example of how depression can overwhelm us because of our environment and circumstances.

  • POOR SELF CONCEPT

A healthy self concept is made up of three things:

  • Your sense of IDENTITY. We are satisfied with who we are as a person.
  • Your sense of WORTH. Without being boastful or proud we know that we are valuable to God and other people.
  • Your sense of COMPETENCE. We have the self confidence to know we can succeed and do what is asked of us.

Naomi is a perfect example of how a poor self-concept breeds depression. (Ruth 1:20)

  • SPIRITUAL FAILURE Sin or spiritual failure can make us depressed.

Another name for this kind of depression is guilt.

Remember what David said in Psalm 32 that describes the depth of his depression brought on by his sin with Bathsheba?

  • Psalm 32:3-4

If your depression is brought on by lingering guilt it has become shame.

  • SPIRITUAL WARFARE

Many doctors and psychologists won’t think of spiritual warfare as a part of your depression.

  • Six steps to climb out of the “Valley of Gloom”

We discover freedom from depression by learning to follow the footsteps and example of Jesus.

 

In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus was engaged in perhaps His greatest spiritual battles with Satan.

This was the deciding moment for Jesus.

  • Mark 14:33
  • Matthew 26:37
  • Jesus did not isolate Himself.
  • Matthew 26:36-37
    Jesus did not try to win His battle with despair/depression all by Himself.
  • Galatians 6:2
    Jesus was open and honest about the trial He was facing; He did not let His despair/depression isolate Him from others.
  • Jesus did not put on a mask and pretend everything was okay.
  • Matthew 26:38
    Jesus not only was with His disciples, but He let them in on the struggle He was going through.
  • Notice too that Jesus didn’t just tell everyone about His need.

Use wisdom as you share your depression and heartache with others.

  • Jesus prayed and was
    honest with God.
  • Matthew 26:39

Jesus told the Father about His heartache.

• Psalm 51:16-17
• Psalm 18:6

  • Jesus did not get trapped by bitterness or blame.
  • Matthew 26:40-41
    • Matthew 26:43-44

 

Jesus did not become bitter with His disciples; He didn’t hold a grudge or push them away. Jesus let them sleep and He continued to pray!
Will we follow Jesus example or will we make mountains out of mole hills? Will we make a big deal over the faults and failures of our friends and make them bear the brunt of our depression, or will we avoid the trap of bitterness and blame?

  • Jesus ‘prayed continually’ and received strength
    from God.
  • Matthew 26:42, 44
    • Luke 22:43
  • Jesus faced His crisis and took action in God’ strength.
  • Matthew 26:45-46

Jesus got up from His time in prayer and confronted His difficulty head on.

  • Philippians 4:13

Will you follow Jesus’ example and find freedom from depression?

  • 1 Peter 2:21

 

Will we follow His steps and climb out of our Valley of Gloom?

 

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SEVEN REALITIES OF EXPERIENCING GOD

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Experiencing God-Knowing and Doing the Will of God

Presenters: Nick Rhoads & John Brown

SEVEN REALITIES OF EXPERIENCING GOD

  1. God is always at work around you.
  2. God pursues a continuing love relationship with you that is real and personal.
  3. God invites you to become involved with Him in His work.
  4. God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes and His ways.
  5. God’s invitation for you to work with Him always leads you to a crisis of belief that requires faith and action.
  6. You must make major adjustments in your life to join God in what He is doing.
  7. You come to know God by experience as you obey Him, and He accomplishes His work through you.
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Minor Prophets – Message of Obadiah

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Minor Prophets – Message of Obadiah

History

  • Obadiah is condemning the actions of Edom

Who is Edom?

The descendents of Esau

Map of Psalm 83 & Obadiah

10 Because of the violence against your brother Jacob,
you will be covered with shame;
you will be destroyed forever.
11 On the day you stood aloof
while strangers carried off his wealth
and foreigners entered his gates
and cast lots for Jerusalem,
you were like one of them.
12 You should not gloat over your brother
in the day of his misfortune,
nor rejoice over the people of Judah
in the day of their destruction,

nor boast so much
in the day of their trouble.
13 You should not march through the gates of my people
in the day of their disaster,
nor gloat over them in their calamity
in the day of their disaster,
nor seize their wealth
in the day of their disaster.
14 You should not wait at the crossroads
to cut down their fugitives,
nor hand over their survivors
in the day of their trouble.

 

Here is the main point of anger for God

Their Pride

 “See, I will make you small among the nations;
you will be utterly despised.
The pride of your heart has deceived you,
you who live in the clefts of the rocks[
a]
and make your home on the heights,
you who say to yourself,
‘Who can bring me down to the ground?’
Though you soar like the eagle
and make your nest among the stars,
from there I will bring you down,”
declares the Lord.

 

MOST FIGHTS AND QUARRELS ARE ROOTED IN PRIDE

               

Proverbs 16:18

                Pride goes before destruction

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I THINK PRIDE IS THE ROOT OF NEARLY ALL OF OUR PROBLEMS

Realize this

  • You are valuable
  • Because of being a child of God

Why are we so consumed with being elevated above other people?

Why do we gloat over someone else’s demise?

Here is the thing:

  • Pride promotes self-sufficiency
  • Rather than God sufficiency

Genesis 12:3

I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”

Psalm 122:6-9

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May those who love you be secure.
May there be peace within your walls
and security within your citadels.”
For the sake of my family and friends,
I will say, “Peace be within you.”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your prosperity

               

Isaiah 60:12

For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish;
it will be utterly ruined.

Pride likes to bring people down to our level

Romans 8:3-8

                        3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,

  5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Philippians 2:3-5

                Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Obadiah Verse 18

Jacob will be a fire
and Joseph a flame;
Esau will be stubble,
and they will set him on fire and destroy him.
There will be no survivors
from Esau.”
The Lord has spoken.

Pride will:

  • Damage every relationship you are in
  • End up making you look bad
  • Will ultimately lead to your fall

 

 

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Minor Prophets – Message of Amos

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Minor Prophets – Amos

  • Hosea – Called to marry a prostitute who represented God loving an unfaithful Israel
  • Joel – Future day of the Lord and the restoration to Israel through their repentance

 

Amos

  • Prophesied (767 – 753BC)
  • Grew up in the town of Tekoa – 10 miles south of Jerusalem
  • Amos was a shepherd and he grew sycamore figs
Map of Israel & Judah Map of Assyria about 890BC

First 2 Chapters

Oracles of calamities coming upon Damascus, Gaza, Tyre, Edom, Judah and Israel

Amos 2:6-7

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Israel,
even for four, I will not relent.
They sell the innocent for silver,
and the needy for a pair of sandals.
They trample on the heads of the poor
as on the dust of the ground
and deny justice to the oppressed.”

God gives Amos two Pictures:

  • Plumb Line
  • Basket of ripe fruit

First in Amos 7:7-8:

This is what he showed me: The Lord was standing by a wall that had been built true to plumb, with a plumb line in his hand. And the Lord asked me, “What do you see, Amos?”

                “A plumb line,” I replied.

Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.

Then next in Amos 8:1-2:

This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit. “What do you see, Amos?” he asked.

                “A basket of ripe fruit,” I answered.

Then the Lord said to me, “The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.”

Finally:

  • The last five verses talk about God’s restoration plans

 

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN THE WORD OF GOD DOES NOT HAVE THE EFFECT YOU WANT?

Know this:

  • Not everyone will listen
  • Some will get angry at you
  • Always right to share the Word of God

Let’s look at what is making God so upset with the people of Israel

  • God’s anger at injustice

Amos 4:1

Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria,
you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy
and say to your husbands, “Bring us some drinks!”

Amos 5:10-12

 10 There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court
and detest the one who tells the truth.

11 You levy a straw tax on the poor
and impose a tax on their grain.
Therefore, though you have built stone mansions,
you will not live in them;
though you have planted lush vineyards,
you will not drink their wine.
12 For I know how many are your offenses
and how great your sins.

Amos 8:4-6

Hear this, you who trample the needy
and do away with the poor of the land,

saying,

  “When will the New Moon be over
that we may sell grain,
and the Sabbath be ended
that we may market wheat?”—

skimping on the measure,
boosting the price
and cheating with dishonest scales,
buying the poor with silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals,
selling even the sweepings with the wheat.

 

God plans on holding people accountable for their ill treatment of others

 

A constant message throughout the Bible is to help those in need

1 John 3:17

“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?”

Let’s look at what is making God so upset with the people of Israel:

  • God’s anger at injustice
  • God’s disdain for hypocritical lives

Amos 5:21-24

21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals;
your assemblies are a stench to me.
22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings,
I will not accept them.
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,

I will have no regard for them.
23 Away with the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream!

God originally created us to…

  • Love
  • Serve
  • Look after each other
  • Look out for one another’s needs
  • Lift up one another
  • Help each other

 

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Minor Prophets – Message of Joel

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Minor Prophets – Joel

 

To The Mountain Top Locusts

Joel 2:11

The day of the Lord is great;
it is dreadful.
Who can endure it?

There is nothing anyone can do to stop this future army, with the exception of One thing:

  • Repent
  • Fast
  • Turn your hearts to God

Joel 2:12-16

12 “Even now,” declares the Lord,
“return to me with all your heart,
with fasting and weeping and mourning.”

13 “Rend your heart
and not your garments.
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and abounding in love,
and he relents from sending calamity.

14 Who knows? He may turn and relent
and leave behind a blessing—
grain offerings and drink offerings
for the Lord your God.

15 Blow the trumpet in Zion,
declare a holy fast,
call a sacred assembly.
16 Gather the people,
consecrate the assembly”

                Why does God allow us to face hard times?

Joel 2:19 

The Lord replied to them:

 “I am sending you grain, new wine and olive oil,
enough to satisfy you fully;
never again will I make you
an object of scorn to the nations.

Here is the truth:

God loves blessing His children!

Joel 2:28-32

28 “And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.

29 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

30 I will show wonders in the heavens
and on the earth,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
31 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.
32 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved

Some of the most familiar apocalyptic phrases are found in Joel:

  • Pour out His Spirit on all people
  • Miracles will once again flow
  • Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved

Joel 3:1-2

 “In those days and at that time,
when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,
I will gather all nations
and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.

There I will put them on trial
for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel,
because they scattered my people among the nations
and divided up my land.

Joel 3:17-18

17 “Then you will know that I, the Lord your God,
dwell in Zion, my holy hill.
Jerusalem will be holy;
never again will foreigners invade her.

18 “In that day the mountains will drip new wine,
and the hills will flow with milk;
all the ravines of Judah will run with water.
A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house
and will water the valley of acacias”

 

Genuine repentance has to do with a heart change

Genuine repentance:

  • The Bible commands it
  • Our wickedness demands it
  • Justice requires it
  • Jesus preached it
  • God expects it

 

Three parts to genuine repentance:

  • Conviction
  • Broken heartedness
  • Recognizing the need to change

               

“God is near the broken hearted”

  • Psalms 34:18

 

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Message of Hosea

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Minor Prophets – Hosea

Hosea 1:1

“The word of the Lord that came to Hosea son of Beeri during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the reign of Jeroboam son of Jehoash king of Israel”

Map of IsraelHosea 1:2

“When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.” So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim”

They have three kids:

  • Kid 1 – Jezreel – Soon punish the house of Jehu
  • Kid 2 – Lo-Ruhamal – No compassion
  • Kid 3 – Lo-Ammi – Not my people

Hosea 3:1-3

“The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”

”So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and about a homer and a lethek of barley. Then I told her, “You are to live with me many days; you must not be a prostitute or be intimate with any man, and I will behave the same way toward you.”

God’s call to Hosea parallels one of the biggest themes of the Bible:

  • God created man
  • Man rebelled against God
  • God paid the price for mankind

Seven mini sermons:

  • Listing of sins
  • The pronouncement of judgment
  • The call to repentance
  • The promise of restoration

 

THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES FOR GETTING OUTSIDE OF GOD’S PLAN

Galatians 5:22

”But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

               

Hosea 6:6

“For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

This is God’s desire with us:

  • Relationship is more important than obedience
  • God is not looking for programmed robots

THIS IS CHRISTIANITY:

  • To learn to lovingly walk in relationship with God
  • To choose Him over any other option available

Hosea 11:1-4

 “When Israel was a child, I loved him,
and out of Egypt I called my son.
But the more they were called,
the more they went away from me.
They sacrificed to the Baals
and they burned incense to images.
It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
taking them by the arms;

 but they did not realize
it was I who healed them.
I led them with cords of human kindness,
with ties of love.
To them I was like one who lifts
a little child to the cheek,
and I bent down to feed them.”

Hosea 11:8-9

“How can I give you up, Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I treat you like Admah?
How can I make you like Zeboyim?
My heart is changed within me;
all my compassion is aroused.

 9 I will not carry out my fierce anger,
nor will I devastate Ephraim again.
For I am God, and not a man—
the Holy One among you.
I will not come against their cities.

 

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Big God!

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‘Bigness’ of God

Isaiah 55:8-9

8“For my thoughts are not
your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher
than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

What We see vs. What God sees

  • We see the problem
  • God sees the path to maturity

Proverbs 19:21

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 16:9

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

Jeremiah 1:18

Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you

GOD HAS A PLAN AND THERE IS NOTHING THAT WE CAN DO TO STOP IT

Isaiah 14:27

For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?

Ephesians 3:20

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

Isaiah 41:13

For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.

 

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Role of the Church-Serving

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Church Purpose: Serving

We have already looked at these purposes of the Church:

  • Discipleship
  • Fellowship
  • Outreach
  • Worship

Today we want to look at serving.

Acts 4:32-37

”All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them

For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. 36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”), 37 sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet.”

 

God gives the church a reason to live – FOR OTHERS

 

The purpose of the church we are focusing on today – SERVING

               

Matthew 20:28

 ”Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Today I am actually not trying to get us to act differently.

 

I AM TRYING TO GET US TO THINK DIFFERENTLY

  1. Service with our gifts

Romans 12:3-8

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

 

Each member belongs to all the others

 

Physical maturity and Spiritual maturity are two separate issues

 

WE ARE TO USE THE GIFTS GOD HAS GIVEN US TO BUILD UP OTHERS

2 Timothy 1:6-7

”For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”

  1. Service with our lives

“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had”

Sharing is not a spiritual gift – It is what we are all called to do

 

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True Worship

True WorshipTrue Worship

Psalms 100

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endures to all generations.
Genesis 4:3-4
Hebrews 11:4
Matthews 6:2-3
Matthew 23:26
Isaiah 6:1-5
John 4:21-24

Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

23 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Psalm 100
1 Corinthians 3:9
For we are laborours together with God

 

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Praise & Worship

Praise-n-Worship

Praise & Worship

Praise & Worship

Praise and Worship is not just singing a song. It is a lifestyle and daily activity.

Scott Goebbel shared the meaning of Prayer and Worship.

How can we draw closer to God and what specific steps can we take?

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Purpose of the Church-Outreach

Purpose of the Church-Outreach

Purpose of the Church-Outreach

Purpose of the Church-Outreach

We have looked at the purpose of the church:

  • Community
  • Discipleship

What changed in Peter?

He grew Deeper

What happens when we go deeper?

  • We grow wider
  • We bear more fruit

Acts 4:1-4

The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people.They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.

Acts 4:5-12

The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 

If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is…

     “‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the cornerstone.’

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

This is what the Sanhedrin is telling the leaders of the church:

  • You Can Meet together
  • Don’t spread the message to others
  • Keep it just among yourselves

 

It is impossible to go deeper and not go wider

ALL PETER AND JOHN HAD TO DO WAS AGREE

Here is the truth:

 

THE CHURCH IS AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE

 

The more the world persecutes the church the more it grows

 

THE ONLY THING THAT CAN STOP THE CHURCH IS COMPLACENCY

 

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Role of the Church – Discipleship

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Role of the Church – Discipleship

Isaiah 40:4-5

Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Acts 3:11-16

While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus.

You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

What the world thinks transforms lives:

  • Science
  • Education
  • Counseling
  • Money

What does the Bible say transforms lives?

  • Power of God
  • Truth

               

John 8:34 

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

That is the situation people are in:

  • They are slaves to sin
  • Jesus offers freedom
  • Without Jesus people are ruled by sinful desires

John 8:31-32

 “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

What does the Bible say transforms lives?

  • Power of God
  • Truth
  • Love

What Peter does with the beggar:

  • Stops
  • Focuses on him
  • Prays for him

 

A LOVING CHURCH IS VERY POWERFUL

 

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Church Community

Church Community

Church Community

Church Community

In Ecclesiastes 1:9 the Preacher said,

“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”

But there were two new creations after the resurrection:

  • One is a believer that has the Holy Spirit dwelling within them
  • Second is a church that is not based upon nationality

How many people were in the upper room during Pentecost? About 120

Acts 2:42-44

42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.

The church was created to be in community

Acts 2:42-47

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common.

45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved”

So “the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

WHAT WAS THE SITUATION THAT CREATED AN ATMOSPHERE WHERE THE LORD WAS ABLE TO ADD TO THEIR NUMBER DAILY?

First, in community people…:

  • Spend time with each other
  • Share with each other
  • Learn and grow together

And next in Ephesians 4:11-13 we learn that:

“Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ”

So Paul’s perspective on the church:

  • You have each been given gifts and abilities
  • Use it to build up the church
  • Until we all reach a unity of the faith

 

 

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