Sermons from October 2019
Hosea 11:1-9 Hosea’s message addressed the northern kingdom of Israel, a nation formed from the eleven Jewish tribes God stripped from king Solomon as punishment for his disregard of his covenant relationship with God (1 Kings 11:9-13). Even though God formed the Israel in response to Solomon’s unfaithfulness, the northern kingdom did not pay attention to Solomon’s example and itself embraced unfaithfulness (2 Kings 17:7-17). God consequently sent Hosea to deliver to Israel a message of coming punishment and future restoration.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-11–While the Bible teaches about God’s generous forgiveness, it also includes passages that point out its limits. This lesson will consider some of those passages to help nuance our understanding of God’s forgiveness.
Jesus’ responded to his disciples’ debate about “who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” with a surprising teaching – the greatest are those who purposefully give up status (Matthew 18:1-4). His comment prompted a conversation with his disciples about forgiveness that this lesson explores.
Matthew 11:28-30 We need rest. Do we think about how we rest? Do you think God understands our need for rest better than we do? Sunday morning we’ll study the concept of rest as physically & spiritually renewing as well as the rest God promises in Christ.
God calls Christians “to be conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29). Conforming to Jesus’ image means pouring one’s self into the template of his life and teachings. That pouring, however, reveals areas where Jesus acted very differently than we might act. We will consider one of those areas in this lesson – Jesus’ practice of forgiveness – and think about what his example means for our lives.