Preparing for Next Week’s Message
This reading plan will get your heart and mind set for the next message on October 23, 2016:
- SUNDAY: Malachi 1, Deuteronomy 15,
- MONDAY: Malachi 2,
- TUESDAY: Malachi 3,
- WEDNESDAY: Malachi 4,
- THURSDAY: Malachi 1, Romans 11:33-12:2,
- FRIDAY: Malachi 2, 2 Corinthians 6:14-16, Ephesians 5:21-33,
- SATURDAY: Malachi 3-4, Luke 1, Matthew 14:34-36,
Reflecting on the Most Recent Sermon
Sermon Series: Major Lessons from the Minor Prophets Sermon Title: God's Love Is Bigger Than You Know
Delivered On: October 16, 2016
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. ([bible]Hosea 11:1-2[/bible])
Confess sins and acts of rebellion toward God that you have committed recently. Admit them and ask for God’s grace to forgive and heal you. Ask God to remind you of His amazing grace and love, even in your brokenness. Pray for a humble heart that is ready to repent and surrender to God’s leading.
Idol Check - Take time to prayerfully and humbly look at your life. Where do you see idols of any kind? In Hosea we learn that idols take many shapes and forms: devotion and trust in people more than God; looking to other powers to deliver you and not looking to God; anything that takes first place in our heart and life over God. Boldly cast any idols out and down and ask God to take His rightful place in your heart and life.
Small Group Discussion
What experience have you had reading, studying, and learning from the Minor Prophets? What are some lessons you have learned from these small but powerful books of the Bible?
Read: Hosea 1:2-3 What do you learn about Hosea’s wife, Gomer? Why do you think God would call a prophet to marry this woman?
Read: Hosea 1:2-11 What do each of Hosea’s children’s names mean and what message is God sending the people of Israel through these names?
How do you see the heart of God burning with just judgment, but also burning with deep love for His people? Why do you think God’s heart is both angry and loving?
Read: Hosea 2 What actions is Hosea taking and what message is he sending to Gomer? How is this a picture of God’s message toward His people, Israel? How do these same messages speak to us today?
Read: Hosea 3 How does Hosea’s journey with Gomer become a picture of God’s journey with Israel (and with you)?
Read: Hosea 11:1-4 How do you see the loving and broken heart of God revealed in this passage?
How have you experienced the relentless love of God in your life? Give specific examples.
Read: Hosea 14 What did God call Israel to do in their repentance process?
What are ways we can return to God when we have rebelled and run from Him? How can your group members pray for you as you seek to stay close to God or return to Him when you have wandered away?