Worship Preparation: October 4, 2020

Sunday, October 4, 2020
Read the sermon text: Hosea (give special attention to chapters 1-3 and 14)

Read the sermon summary: This Sunday we will begin our sermon series through the Book of the Twelve. Although these books are also known as the Minor Prophets, it may be more helpful to use the term Book of the Twelve since there is evidence we should read them as one book instead of twelve independent books. In our introductory sermon to this series, we will be guided into some of the main themes of the whole book; themes such as sin and judgment, hope and restoration. In shocking terms, Hosea prophesies against Israel because of their spiritual adultery. He proclaims God’s judgment against them that they might turn back to the Lord from their idolatry. However, instead of returning to the Lord, Israel continues in their sin. Their loyalty is like a puff of smoke. They are called to return to God, but it becomes evident they cannot… they are unable because they have a spirit of unfaithfulness. Although most of Hosea’s prophecy consists of accusations of sin and promises of judgment, there are a few rays of hope. The emphasis in these promises of restoration is not what people will do, but what God will do to bring his people back to himself. In preparation for the sermon, consider the following questions: How might reading Hosea as a part of the Book of the Twelve lead to a better understanding than if we read it independently? What sins are the people charged with and what terms does Hosea use to characterize the people? What judgments are pronounced on the people? What is the significance of the promise of restoration in Hosea 3:4-5? What does God say he will do to restore his people and how does that connect with Hosea 3:4-5?
Read the following song lyrics in relation to the sermon:
Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
Come behold the wondrous myst'ry
In the dawning of the King
He the theme of heaven's praises
Robed in frail humanity
In our longing in our darkness
Now the light of life has come
Look to Christ who condescended
Took on flesh to ransom us
Come behold the wondrous myst'ry
He the perfect Son of Man
In His living in His suff'ring
Never trace nor stain of sin
See the true and better Adam
Come to save the hell-bound man
Christ the great and sure fulfillment
Of the law in Him we stand
Come behold the wondrous myst'ry
Christ the Lord upon the tree
In the stead of ruined sinners
Hangs the Lamb in victory
See the price of our redemption
See the Father's plan unfold
Bringing many sons to glory
Grace unmeasured love untold
Come behold the wondrous myst'ry
Slain by death the God of life
But no grave could e'er restrain Him
Praise the Lord He is alive
What a foretaste of deliv'rance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when He comes
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Preaching: Jim Upchurch
Leading Music: Jared Holt

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