Sermon Topic: Repentance
This month, we're letting the life of John the Baptist inspire us as we consider Mosaic's word for the year: Prepare. This week, we watch as John baptizes Jesus -- a scene so full of lessons and revelations that it invites us to rethink ... everything.
Of all the minor prophets, Jonah gets my heart because he is so ... human. His story is also deceptive. The Veggie Tales version makes it seem like a fun story with a good moral lesson. But it is so much more than that (spoiler alert: its not about the fish). his is as fine a prophetic vision as you'll read anywhere, and if you have ears to hear, it will strike a deeply personal note.
This has been a season for talking about justice. What does justice look like in the real world, and how do we use it to send the message of Jesus out to people who need that message? Amos is the prophet who championed justice, especially for the poor and those who live in the margins. This Sunday, we'll explore his message, and remember what it means to be the Church.
This Sunday, we listen in on Joel's prophecy and hear through him a call to repentance along with the promise of blessing and hope. The message of Joel is about what happens to a rebellious community (spoiler alert: locusts are involved), and how restoration is tied to repentance. It is also about how hope and blessing can be embedded in hard circumstances.