On Wednesday at Globe Focus we started out on a new series of small group studies in the book of Psalms. In Deuteronomy God commands his people that his word should be on their heart... they write them on their doorposts and gates. How can we write God's word on our digital doorposts?
Here are my scribbles, working out from verses 1-2 what the Lord is saying to us through Amos.
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In our first meet up we started looking at Amos. Going deep!
We listened to a talk (available on this blog) and went through the following questions. We spent time praying and sharing what difference it will make to us.
How to read Amos for yourself
Start with Amos 1:1-2
Pray for insight from God (Proverbs 2:1-7)
Where does it fit in the Bible?
In the talk we looked at how the Bible is like a library, organised in a particular order. Amos is in the 'Prophets' section (Isaiah - Malachi). Amos wrote at a time also written about in the 'History' section (Joshua - Esther). You can find exactly where by looking up Amos 1:1 and then finding those kings. They're in 2 Kings 14:23-29 and 2 Chronicles 26.
Who is the book to?
Who is the book from?
(You can find out more about the human author later in the book, in chapter 7:14-15
What does it teach us about God?
How does it point us to Jesus?
Amos is quoted in Acts 7:43, and 15.16-17.
Jesus points out that the wickedness of the present generation has it's roots back in the people long ago. So we see how relevant Amos' preaching is for us. What he condemned the people for long ago, still persists in our hearts - namely making God small, and worshipping other things in his place.
In Acts 15 show that the promises at the end of Amos are for this generation. Notably not just for the Jewish people but for Gentiles too.
Also check out Amos 8:9-10 for an incredible description of God's judgement which we now know fell on Jesus. it's as if Amos had seen the cross before he wrote! Do we mourn for the only son? Mourning over that bitter day when God's judgement for sin was poured out on him?
What difference will it make to you this week?
In Amos 5:23 the Lord says 'away with the noise of your songs!' The people love to sing about God, but they do not really seek him (5:4). Let's pray we are those who don't just pay lip service to God, but really listen and obey what he is saying to us.
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I had the privilege of introducing the 18th century poet, William Cowper, to the Globe Church congregation. I spoke about his life, his battles with depression, how he was led to Christ through the story of Lazarus and performed a song I had arranged based on the lyrics to Cowper’s song, “God Moves in a Mysterious Way”.
Here is a summary of the sermon that was preached on Mark 4 and 5. The recording didn't work.
Sometimes we manage to hold things together and convince ourselves we are safe. But then something happens and the cracks become all too obvious. We are out of control and we feel the panic beginning to rise.
Worshipping with the Psalms
On Sundays as a church we've been using the Psalms of Ascents (120-134) to help shape and drive our worship together.
Worshipping God is our approach- with our lives in all their beauty, sadness, sin, confusion and clarity- to our holy God in Christ with all his perfection, knowledge, tenderness and power. That's why the Psalms of Ascents are such a gift to the church.
O Lord, who inhabits eternity
The heavens declare your glory and the earth your riches,
The universe is your handiwork, your presence everywhere
You have made us what we are and given us what we have,
In You we live and move and have our being ...
This week it happened. A willing team of (mainly men!) from church cleaned Bankside space. The fridge can now be opened without a full-scale evacuation of the place.
As we looked at the story of the outcast leper at The Globe Church, it brought home the pain, the isolation and lack of dignity that society's outcasts experience.
'God demonstrated his love towards us' was the theme we explored at The Globe Church Launch last Sunday