Reckless Love: The Way to Your New Life
Topic: Biblical Passage: Hosea 14:1–14:9
2 Peter 3:18
The Cliff Notes on Hosea
- By grace, God called a people as His own possession...
- By grace, God has rescued His people from exile...
- God's people are free but they are not living free...
- Called out of EXILE for the purpose of CHANGE...A PLEA TO COME BACK AND CHANGE...the consistent thread woven into the book is a plea to COME BACK to their first love...to see GRACE and to be transformed by it!
"INCLUSIO": Its all about "CHANGE"
- Begins with a call to change... Hosea 2:2
- Ends with a call to change... and all points in-between Hosea 14:8
Why aren't we changing at a pace or in the areas we know we should be?
" Whenever Jesus Christ comes down into a person's life, there's a life-quake. Everything is reordered. If he was a guru, if he was a great man, if he was a great teacher, even if he was the genie of the lamp, there would be some limits on his rights over you. If he's God, you cannot relate to hom at all and retain anything in your life that's a non-negotiable. Anything...any view, any conviction, any idea, any behavior, any relationship. He may change it he may not change it, but at the beginning of the relationship you have to say, "in everything he must have the supremacy." Tim Keller
The INVITATION to CHANGE
Appeal is based on a grace...that overcomes objections
1. "God can't forgive me..."
2. "God can't forgive me again..."
3. "God can't forgive me now..."
"My life only has meaning if..."
1. I have power and influence over others. (Power Idolatry)
2. I am loved and respected by____. (Approval Idolatry)
3. I have this kind of pleasure experience, a particular quality of life. (Comfort Idolatry)
4. I am being reconized as being excellent for my contributions and achievements to an organization. (Achievement Idolatry)
5. My children and or my parents are happy and happy with me. (Family Idolatry)
R.eceive what God has already promised
Experience N.ew (a life of change and fruit bearing)
A time of confession (TURN)
guard against our tendency to neglect confession because...