"With relationship comes responsibility." Listen to this teaching from Chuck Hartness, Pastor of Adults, from our sermon series on The Book of Amos, 'Law & Love.' In 'Presuming Upon God's Grace, we see how God offers His grace and forgiveness to us as a free gift and how we demonstrate our understanding of this free gift in our extension of grace to others and how we respond to our own sin.
Comparison to the ways of others leads to judgment. Commitment to the ways of God leads to love. Listen to this teaching from our current sermon series, 'Law & Love' on the Book of Amos. In 'Us and Them' Amos confronts God's people with the reality that their lack of concern for the oppressed is ultimately a rejection of God Himself. Jesus' command to love others is rooted in understanding how great God is, how much we need Him, and how great the gift of salvation is.
Knowledge about God and the Bible, excitement about God, and a successful life may all be nice things, but they are not guarantees that we actually close to God. Listen to this teaching from our sermon series on the Book of Hosea. In 'The Ways of the Lord are Right,' we see how turning to God and away from false securities leads to the ultimate security we crave. Jesus is the fulfillment of every promise of deliverance and redemption and has the authority to claim victory over all things, even death.
God doesn't just save us out of something. He saves us to something. Listen to this teaching from our sermon series on the Book of Hosea. In 'Out of Egypt,' we see God reminding His people that He didn't deliver them from Egypt only to get them out of where they were, but so they could be free and fully rely on Him. God saves us a life of independence so that we can live the freedom of fully depending on Him.
The question is not “will we worship?”. The question is “who or what will we worship?” Who (or what) we worship is ultimately where we place our confidence. Listen to this teaching from our sermon series on the book of Hosea. In 'God, Country, and Religion' we see how putting our confidence in any person, in any circumstance, or in anything except God alone ultimately leads to a false sense of security and righteousness. Living as a Christian revolves around the reality that God has made us right with Him so we can trust in Him alone to make all things right!
"The problem is not forgetting God intellectually. It is forgetting God morally." - James Montgomery Boice It can be so easy to say we 'believe' something, yet not live in a way that reflects that belief. Listen to this teaching from our sermon series on the book of Hosea. In 'Forgetting God' we see how living for ourselves and our own glory only compounds and grows our dissatisfaction. Only living gladly in Christ so that others will be glad in Him can truly satisfy the longing of our hearts.
Marriage is designed to be temporary reality on earth that points us to the ultimate, forever reality of the union of Christ and His Church. As part of our Christ-Centered Marriage Weekend, listen to this teaching from guest speaker, Dr. Bland Mason, Pastor of "City on a Hill, Brookline" in Boston, Massachusetts. In 'Make Your Marriage Count,' we see how marriage is a picture of Christ's love for the Church and how God has designed marriage for His glory.
"The point of Hosea is not for you to convince God that you love Him, leading to religious actions. The point is to convince you how much God loves you, leading you to act in response." Why does the feeling of love seem to come and go? Listen to this teaching from our sermon series on the Book of Hosea. In "Your Love is Like a Morning Cloud" we see that 'love' that comes and comes is rooted in desiring things we think God can give us rather than desiring God Himself.
"God wants you to feel the disturbing reality that no one else can save you so that you will desperately seek the only one who can." Why do we sometimes feel like it is hard to find God? Why do some people seem to always be searching for the truth? Listen to this teaching from our sermon series on the Book of Hosea. In "Will You Find God if You Seek Him?" we see the root issues that keep us from finding God and indicators of a heart that is truly seeking Him.
"God's faithfulness to us should lead to our increasing faithfulness to Him." In Hosea chapter 4, God reveals to His people the vastness of their sin that has led them astray. Yet, as a good, gracious Father, God continues to pursue His people. Listen to this teaching from our sermon series on the Book of Hosea. In 'Divorce Court,' we see how God demonstrates His faithfulness to us and how this demonstration of His love leads us to be in awe and respond with faith.
"God pays the price to rescue us and have us for Himself." In the Old Testament, God uses Hosea and his marriage to Gomer as a picture of His faithfulness to His people, even when they rebelled and strayed. Listen to this teaching from our sermon series on the Book of Hosea. In 'You Are My People,' we see how God demonstrates His love for us by His willingness to pay the price for our rescue.
"Our inheritance in heaven shapes our identity on earth.' All of us find our identity in something. What does it mean for our identity to be a child of God? Listen to this teaching from Philemon 1:8-16 in our teaching series 'Do You Hear?'. In 'From Bondservant to Brother' we see how being a son or daughter of God changes our identity and shapes how we live our lives.