This Podcast contains the Sunday sermons of Calvary: the Hill
The people of Israel in Amos' day were not just prosperous but very religious. However, Amos comes to warn them that their religion won't save them. Although they worship at the places of their forefathers, they do not worship as their forefathers did; theirs was a worship without change, without humility, without truth and therefore without hope.
Our Freedom | Galatians 4:21-5:1
What is the primary mark of being part of God's Family? Paul in his conclusion walks through the contours of the Old Testament to show the nature of God's family is the same as it has always been: through faith in the promises of God and his miraculous work.
Amos lays a trap for his audience by beginning with their closest neighbors (and biggest enemies!) before centering his sights on Israel. He calls them out for their injustice and the false religious veneer that keeps them from facing their impending fate. True, they are God's special people, but that doesn't make them untouchable, it makes them accountable.
Our Maturation | Galatians 4:8-20
For us to grow in our relationship in Christ, we need the help of teachers and parents in the Lord, but how can we make sure those we follow will lead us rightly? Paul here presents an example of what Christian leadership looks like and calls us to follow him as he follows Jesus.
Verse/Verse | Joel
Joel's big topic is the Day of the Lord, which he connects with the recent judgment of locust, the impending judgment of Babylon and the final deliverance of God's people. As we travel through time with him our understanding of God's character is transformed and we learn, as John does in Revelation to say "Even so, come Lord Jesus."
Our Adoption | Galatians 4:1-7
Because we have already been adopted to go back to the Old Testament way of relating to God is just like going back to idolatry. Although the law was God-given, it was given temporarily to a people awaiting God to work in the Messiah. Now that Jesus has come, we are no longer waiting but can enjoy our relationship with God in Jesus.