HOSEA: Starting Friday!

By way of reminder, don’t forget that beginning tomorrow (Friday, June 3, 2011) we will begin going through the Old Testament book of Hosea!

As an aid to this sermon series, please feel free to review a previous post on “Why Study the Old Testament” and Pastor Emilio’s introduction to the Old Testament Prophets in general (from his sermon “Meet the Prophets”, reposted in full below for your reference):

Since Pastor Jay was out of town, Pastor Emilio Ramos gave a special message from Jeremiah 1:1-10 entitled, “Meet The Prophets“.


Pastor Emilio started off explaining why we should study the Old Testament as well as announced the next book he will start preaching through since he just finished going through John’s gospel (5 minute clip below):


Why study the Old Testament?

  • “For I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God” – Acts 20:27
  • “…the scroll of the book it is written of Me…” – Heb. 10:7
  • We will be the better equipped to enjoy the New Covenant ministry & it’s blessing
  • The New Testament contrast the Old with the New Covenant (2 Cor. 3)
  • Because of what has been inspired, namely, “All Scripture is inspired by God…” (2 Tim. 3:15-17)
  • Because of its Christo-centric nature, as Jesus Himself described (Luke 24:13-35, 27)

The best way for us to familiarize ourselves with the Old Testament is simply to interact with it, and so we began to go through Jeremiah 1:1-10 to learn more about the prophets, and particularly Jeremiah.

The outline is as follows:

  • 3 Things Common To All Prophets
    • 1) They Have A History That Unlocks Their Ministry (Jer. 1:1-3)
      • They were inspired of God (2 Pet. 1:20)
      • Jeremiah was dealing with the sin of syncretism (mixing worship of the true God with false gods)
    • 2) They Had A Divine Calling (Jer. 1:4-8 | 1 Cor. 1:26 | Heb. 11:32-38)
      • They preached in and out of season (2 Tim. 4:2)
      • They had a special message for God’s people
    • 3) They Had A Theological Message (Jer. 1:9-10)
      • The importance of having God’s perspective on issues
      • God put His words in their mouth (Deut. 18:18)
      • Jeremiah didn’t just speak to politicians but also religious leaders (Jer. 1:11-19)

Every prophet had a divine calling, even in their youth. Let us not make excuses for following God due to age. Let us remember the kind of people God is pleased to call [1 Cor. 1:25-31] (2 minutes clip below):


Let us, Christians in the church, not get discouraged by other peoples giftings, God can use us. A look at how God used the prophets according to Hebrews 11 (3 minutes):


Is the gospel in the Old Testament? Is the Old Testament about Jesus? (1 minute):


You can listen online or download the sermon “Meet The Prophets” from Jeremiah 1:1-10 by Pastor Emilio Ramos (from our special message) below:

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