IN REFLECTION

The simple truth expressed at the beginning of Colossians 3 is that we must center our lives around Christ. Christ lived for us, died for us, and raised from the dead for us, which means we share in the effects of his salvation. We have been raised from spiritual death and now are unified with the one who reigns over all at the right hand of God. Because these things are true, remember that there is something better than our earthly lives. We have a greater kingdom!

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PREPARING TO HEAR

This Sunday we will turn to Hosea 4. One of the major themes of this chapter is the knowledge of God. Have you ever thought about what it means to know God? Our relationship with God is central to our lives, and our knowledge of him is essential to that relationship. To prepare for this Sunday, read Hosea 4 and consider the following questions:

  • What does it mean to know God?
  • Is there a difference between knowing God and knowing about God?
  • How is chapter 4 related to chapters 1-3 in Hosea?
  • Who does Hosea single out as the main culprits for Israel's sin?

Please take a moment in preparation for this Sunday to pray for those God will bring to the service, both believers and unbelievers, and that he will work in their hearts to understand the Scripture and apply it to their hearts. Pray for Michael as he prepares and proclaims God's Word, and for the Holy Spirit to work through his words and in the hearts of all who hear. Pray that God would defeat our enemy's attempts to hinder the proclamation of the gospel at Redemption Hill.