February 14th 20x
Rhema Community Church
Sermonic Pericope: ESV Hosea 1:1-2 The word of the LORD that came to Hosea, the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel. 2 When the LORD first spoke through Hosea, the LORD said to Hosea, "Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the LORD."
ESV Hosea 3:1-3 And the LORD said to me, "Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the LORD loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins." 2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a lethech of barley. 3 And I said to her, "You must dwell as mine for many days. You shall not play the whore, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you."
Sermonic Theme: God’s Love (The Doctrine of Grace)
God’s redemption of the nation of Israel from Egyptian bondage is one of the greatest OT examples of God’s love and Christ death on the cross is the prime NT illustration.
Sermonic Subject: God’s Forgiveness (The Doctrine of Mercy)
Sermonic Tension: Idolatry (The sin of syncretism)
(1) The Israelites have sinned against their covenant partner and therefore will suffer Gods judgment. (2)God loves his covenant people dearly and will forgive their sins and bring in a new age of blessing.
Israel worshiped Baal. North America worships the god of possessions today which is materialism. North America also worships the god of pleasure which is hedonism.
Sermonic Objective: The 21st Century North American Church must change the way she thinks and behaves toward God.
Sermonic Question: Has the culture of North America twisted your theology?
Sermonic Sentence: God loves you. (Usually people learn a great deal about the love of God through the trials of life.)
The prophet Hosea, like God irrationally loved someone who was not very lovely.
Sermonic Help: (Spurgeon at his best) When God says, “I will love them freely,” he means that no prayers, no tears, no good works, no alms are an inducement to him to love men. Nothing in not only them, but nothing anywhere else was the cause of his love to them, not even the blood of Christ. Not even the groans and tears of his beloved Son; these are the fruits of his love, not the cause of it. He does not love because Christ died, but Christ died because the Father loved. Remember that this fountain of love has its spring itself, not in you, nor in me, but only in the Father’s own gracious, infinite heart of goodness.
Sermonic Title: “LOVE UNDESERVED”
I. The Message from the Lord
II. The Messenger of the Lord
III. The Marriage arraigned by the Lord
IV. The Mercy extended by the Lord