LOVE ANYWAY – The Book of Hosea
The Book of Hosea no doubt raises lots of questions. God calls His servant and prophet, Hosea, to enter into a relationship that brings nothing but rejection and misery. The lies and heartbreak faced by Hosea become a picture of the unfaithfulness and rejection faced by God Himself on account of His people, Israel. Yet God chooses to honor His promises and remain faithful in love to Israel, just as Hosea will do for his estranged wife.
The gracious and loving character of God that we see in the Book of Hosea has a wonderful parallel in Jesus’ parable that we often call The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32). This parable will help us tremendously as we journey through Hosea together.
As part of this series, Pastor Eric is challenging us to choose from the following books to read alongside Hosea. Each will be referenced regularly throughout the series.
Hosea: The Heart and Holiness of God by G. Campbell Morgan – Morgan (1863 - 1945) was a British evangelist, preacher and Bible scholar. His commentaries on Scripture are as rich as can be found. Though Morgan lived and wrote nearly 100 years ago and his style of writing may be a bit more challenging – his interpretations and applications of this challenging book are timeless. Click here to order this book thru Amazon.
The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Timothy Keller – The word “prodigal” does not mean “wayward,” but rather “to spend extravagantly.” Keller, a pastor who has developed a very effective church network in New York City, uses Parable of the Prodigal son to shine a light on the central, beautiful message of Jesus: the gospel of grace, hope and salvation by focusing on God’s extravagantly gracious love. Click here to order this book thru Amazon.
The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming by Henri Nouwen – This book is by far the most devotional of the three, with a flair for art. Using Rembrandt’s painting which depicts the homecoming moment of Jesus’ parable, Nouwen draws himself and the reader into the story by looking at the father’s love and both sons’ struggles to live in the father’s love. Nouwen was a priest, preacher, and author whose teaching and writing has had a tremendous impact for the gospel across all Christian denominations. Click here to order this book thru Amazon.
In addition, Eric would like us to reference this link - "Jesus In Every Book of the Old Testament".
September 8 – Hosea 1:1-9 – 2:1
September 15 – Hosea 2:2-8, 14-23
September 22 – Hosea 3:1-5
September 29 – Hosea 4:1-19, chapter 5
October 13 – Hosea 6:1-7, chapters 6 & 7
October 20 – Hosea 8:1-4, chapters 8 & 9
October 27 – Hosea 10:1-4,12-15, chapter 10
November 3 – Hosea 11:1-11
November 10 – Hosea 12:1-6, 7-14, 13:1-3
November 17 – Hosea 13:4-16
November 24 – Hosea 14:1-9
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SUNDAY EVENING WORSHIP
6:00 PM | Chapel
On Sunday nights at South Tulsa our evening worship is open to all ages. We meet in the Chapel at 6:00 p.m. to share music, fellowship, stories, and messages from the Scriptures. We will also have our regular activities for preschool, children, and students at the same time.