Sermon Notes and Study Guide
October 13, 2019

Hosea 1-14

God’s Unfailing Love

I. The Love Story

   A. The Minor Prophets

   B. Hosea’s Background

   C. Hosea and Gomer’s Story

Hosea 1:1–9 - 

Hosea 3:1–3 -

II. The Unfaithfulness of God’s People

   A. Specific Acts

Unrighteous Rulers (9:15)

They were deceitful (10:4)

They were murderers (4:2)

They were adulterers (4:10; 5:7; 7:4)

This all showed up in their idolatrous worship (4:6-8)

   B. Root Cause - Pride (5:5; 7:10)

III. The Cure for Unfaithfulness - God’s Love

   A. God’s Love brings about Repentance (2:14-15)

   B. Repentance is shown by a Change of Life (6:1-3; 12:6)

   C. Repentance caused by God’s Love Results in Restoration (2:14-23; 14:4-9)


Application Questions

  1. How seriously does God take sin? Why is it important to recognize that sin is personal against God? How does your sin show your unfaithfulness to God’s covenant of love?

  1. How has God pursued you? What have you done when you were pursued by God? What should you have done? How can our church help all of us better respond to God’s pursuit?

  1. What does repentance look like in your life? What specific sins do you need to daily turn your back on? What specific acts of righteousness do you need to incorporate into your life to show your repentance?

  1. Read Luke 3:7-14. Why did John say these things to the crowd? What did John call them? Why do you think he called them this? What does he command them in verse 8? What does John say is the result of fruitlessness in verse 9? What does all this look like according to verses 10-14?

Preparation Questions

Joel 1-3

  1. To whom does Joel address his message in 1:2? In 1:4 God describes a bunch of locusts. According to verses 6-7, what is He really talking about? What does He call them to do in 1:13-14?

  1. What does Joel say is coming in 2:1? What is the significance of this phrase? How does Joel describe in in 2:2? Based on 2:2-3, what is Joel talking about in regards to this “day”? According to 2:11, who is behind the invasion that is coming?

  1. In 2:12-17, what does God call them to? Why does he call them to this according to verse 14? What promise does God make in verses 18-27? What promise is made in 2:18-32? Where else is this passage used? How is it applied there?

  1. What is the focus beginning in 3:2? According to 3:17, why does God do all this?

Memory Verse

Psalm 20:7 - Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; But we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

Question 101: To whom is Baptism to be administered?

Answer: Baptism is to be administered to all those who actually profess repentance towards God, faith in, and obedience to our Lord Jesus Christ; and to no other.

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