Free resources for youth pastors and small group leaders: Hosea (mp3).mp3 Hosea (handout).pdf Hosea (outline).doc Hosea (ppt).ppt Hosea (service order).doc Hosea (small groups).doc
Hosea is a super edgy and risque story filled with sex, adultery, whoredom, cheaters and…forgiveness, love, faithfulness, and real life stuff. Its a story that truly happened historically to teach us the most important spiritual truth ever: God’s gracious love through the gospel. We normally don’t like to read the Minor Prophets because they call us out on our sin, and we love our sin too much to let go of it. So we usually skip them. But we need them. We need that confrontation. We need to hear how we constantly cheat on God, and we need to hear about His persistent, relentless, loving pursuit of us. Hosea is a must read!
April is CBSM’s student preaching month. This is the first student preaching sermon of this year…by Blake Hall. Blake preached on Jeremiah 2 – 10 which is all about God rebuking His people for their sins of idolatry and adultery. When we are learning about rebuke as Christians, we have to know what we’re up against and what sin is. Idolatry is not just people in 3rd world countries and a part of pagan religions who bow down to little stone statues. Idolatry is woshiping anything other than Jesus. Idolatry is putting anything on a higher or equal plane than God. So Idolatry can be anyone or anything that we put the majority of our love, thoughts, time, money, etc into. Also, adultery is not just a married person having sex with someone else. Eventually, nearly everyone will be married. So there are adulterous sins for single teenagers. When they go too far physically or sexually with someone else who is not their spouse. That too is adulterous sin. So check out Blake’s sermon on sins that need to be rebuked, and how Jesus can overpower our sin so that we can worship Him alone in purity!