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Sermons on Amos
Pastor Rick continues with his series through Amos.
An overview of the main themes of the book of Amos
If you were transported forward in time to your own funeral and heard the things people said about you, how would it affect the way you live your life today? Amos speaks to the people of Israel of their death, but as if it's already happened; they are listening to their own obituary and it isn't a pleasant experience. It's a picture of a young life cut short; of a lonely end with no-one there to mourn. Amos isn't speaking over a corpse, but a living people. Chapters 5&6 speak of the evidence against Israel, while 7&8 pronounce the verdict. God hates Israel's false confidence (6:8), its pride in its fortresses, it's own strength - forgetting God. God also hates Israel's false religious meetings. They were careful to follow the rules, but their lives didn't match up; their sacrifices and worship were hypocritical. The solution: Seek God and Live! If you notice feelings of self-reliance, remember the words of the Lord's Prayer that acknowledge our dependence on God for everything. See your whole life as an act of worship and make sure it honours God in every way. Sunday is not enough!
Amos challenges the Israelites with God's word. God is angry at their unjust society, their reliance on their wealth. God will expose their nakedness and deal with their sin. Is this a timely word for the western church?