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.
Christmas is more than parties, presents, and traditions. As followers of Jesus, we recognize that Christmas, changes everything. The Book of Philemon gives a charge to Christians to be faithful, and intentional in sharing the message of Jesus Christ. Listen to this teaching from Philemon 1:1-7 in our teaching series 'Do You Hear'? In 'Share Your Faith' we see how the love of Jesus and what He has done for us compels us to share the hope of the Gospel.
As Christians, we care for sojourners because we recognize that we are sojourners too. Listen to this teaching from James 1:27 in our teaching series 'True Religion.' In 'The Sojourner,' we see that our care for the sojourner is rooted in God's care for the sojourner and how we as citizens of the kingdom are sojourners as well.
James 1:27 instructs believer to care for widows and orphans, those who are vulnerable and often overlooked. What does the Bible say specifically about caring for widows. Listen to this teaching from James 1:27 in our teaching series 'True Religion.' In 'The Widow' Chuck Hartness, Minister of Adults shows how caring for widows is rooted in understanding just how God has cared for us.
God made children for families. James 1:27 says that true religion is to visit orphans and widows in their need. What does it mean to 'visit' and care for the vulnerable. Listen to this teaching about caring the fatherless as we see how as Christians our care for the fatherless is rooted in our understanding of our own adoption through Jesus. Content about the theology of adoption presented in this sermon from various was gleaned from resources available at from Radical.net, Russell Moore's Adopted for Life, and Until Every Child Is Home: Why the Church Can and Must Care for Orphans by Todd Chipman.