Amos – the Lion Roars (fall 2014 series)

Amos was a shepherd of Judah who was called by God to be a prophet of God’s justice.  He sounded the roar of God’s warning and justice in 760 -750 BC to a reality not too far off our own.   
At a time when we hear daily news of the horrors committed by the likes of the Islamic State militants (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria.  When we suffer the relentless conflict in the Middle East and the escalating tensions and war between Russia and the Ukraine. We are troubled by the frightening and growing disparity between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’.  These are a few of the injustices that corrupt our world.  We need a word from God.  The Lion roars.  There is good news for us – for the world.  I hope you will join us for these talks.  Details below.
 
September 21st 11:00  Amos 1 – 3:8 – Roar – God sees what is going on and he takes action.   He calls a shepherd to take his message of warning and judgement to the surrounding regions.  After detailing the atrocities of the people he announces judgement.  “The lion has roared – who will not fear? The Sovereign Lord has spoken – who can but prophesy?”  Stay tuned.
September 28th 11:00 Amos 3:9 – 6:14 – Turn – The people are warned of impending doom as a consequence for their wickedness, “An enemy will overrun the land.”  Yet he also makes this appeal, “Seek the Lord and live.”  This fascinating passage takes us into the heart of God and calls for response.  “Woe to you who are complacent.” Together let us seek the Lord and live.
October 5th 11:00 Amos 7:1 – 9:16 – Hope – In a book dominated by wrath and judgement the book finishes on a bright note.  There is hope.  God promises to make things right.   This is good news as we look to the messes of our world.  God see what is going on and he takes action.
October 12th 11:00 Thanksgiving Sunday Leviticus 23 and 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 –Feasts and Festivals – This day we give thanks for a special day has been set aside to do so.  God gave his people feasts and festivals as occasions to remember what he has done and is doing.  A big part of these rituals was gratitude.  This day we practice what should be our way of life – the expressions of appreciation – giving thanks.