Sunday, July 17, 2016

Modern Words from Amos and Micah

for Today

Introduction:

If the prophets Amos and Micah were alive today and sent by God to our world, what would they say? We know and understand that prophets traditionally exposed sin and foretold the coming judgment of God. Would that be the words from God for us especially in light of the five policemen who were killed in Dallas, Texas? Or would they address the rapes, abortions, drug and alcoholism of Grand Forks? What about the religiousness of the modern churches today that has no influence and makes no difference in our world? I am not sure what the Holy Spirit would have them communicate to us, but I believe the words in Amos 5:24 and Micah 6:8 would be spoken to today’s church.

The Bible says in Amos 5:24, “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like a ever flowing stream”and again in Micah 6:8, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.” And again in Micah 6:8, “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

Outline: So, what does this mean to today’s church from these Old Testament’s prophets?

  1. We must demonstrate to our culture a God rightness that they do not understand, Amos 5:24a and Micah 6:8a.

Amos 5:24

“But let justice roll down like waters.”

Micah 6:8

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice.”

  1. We must engage our society with a God endued character that causes change, Amos 5:24b.

Amos 5:24b

“and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

  1. We must show love to a population that is out of control, Micah 6:8b.

Micah 6:8

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness.”

  1. We must live toward humanity in a way that puts them first, Micah 6:8c.

Micah 6:8

“He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? 

Conclusion: 

  1. What are we as a church demonstrating to Grand Forks and to our United States?
  1. Are we as a church changing our society?
  1. Are we infusing this population with the love of God in Christ?
  1. Who is first in our lives?