Amos: Judgment & Justice

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May 22 - June 12, 2016

Through the prophet Amos, God has little kind to say to Israel, the so-called "chosen people." They have failed in their calling, neglected justice, fumbled worship, and lost trust in their God. Can't the same be said of each and every one of us...and of the church? The words of the prophet—words of judgment and justice—can help straighten out our skewed understandings of what it means to be God's people.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Audio Video Amos 3:1-15

Amos: Judgment & Justice (Part 1)

The prophet Amos calls the people of Israel to account, making it clear that, as God's chosen people, far from being protected from God's judgment, they are the first ones in line to receive it. To be chosen by God is not merely to be set apart, but to be set apart for a purpose.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Audio Video Amos 5:1-17

Amos: Judgment & Justice (Part 2)

The prophet calls the people of Israel to "seek the Lord and live." As modern-day Christians, we often think that our work of "seeking" is over, and that the "seekers" are those on the outside who haven't found their way into church yet. But on the contrary, it is we who should be devoting ourselves—each and every day—to the challenge of seeking God.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

AudioVideoAmos 5:18-27

Amos: Judgment & Justice (Part 3)

Amos delivers the unwelcome news to God’s people that God is not in any way pleased with their worship. As long as the people neglect justice, God rejects every aspect of their so-called devotion.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Audio Video Amos 9:11-15

Amos: Judgment & Justice (Part 4)

Amos ends his angry tirade against Israel in an unexpected way: with words of hope. The purpose of God's judgment is not punishment; the purpose of God's judgment is restoration.