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God Delights In You (Zephaniah 3)

God has described the problem that is occurring with his people in the book of Zephaniah. Even though Josiah is the king (1:1) and even though he is making spiritual reforms, the people are complacent (1:12). They bow down to God while they are bowing down to false gods (1:5). They are worshiping God but they do not follow him, seek him, or inquire of him (1:6). So the prophet has called for the people to gather for repentance (2:1-3). The nations are going to be judged for their wickedness (2:4-15). Judah needs to turn back before it is too late. Unfortunately, the people were all the more eager to make all their deeds corrupt (2:7). God thought that they would surely listen and accept correction. But the people will not. The question that hovers over us is this: what is God going to do since his people have rejected him? What is God going to do with a people worthy of judgment? What is God going to do with a people who are eager to make their deed corrupt? These are the questions that are answered as the book of Zephaniah concludes…

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Knowing The Unknown God (Acts 17)

Can we know the unknown God? It is an important question to ask because we live in a time when most people think that God is unknowable. They say we cannot know if there even is a God and, if there is, then that God cannot be known or understood. This is often illustrated today when a story about a number of people in a dark room touching the different parts of an elephant. Some feel the trunk, some feel the tail, and some feel the body and all draw different conclusions about this unknowable animal in the dark room. The point that is made is that all of us have our different ideas about God as we only experience these different aspects and no one is wrong about their ideas. This is the situation that the apostle Paul walks into when he comes into the city of Athens as recorded in Acts 17:16. Athens was a highly religious, philosophical, and logical city. The impact of ancient Greece is still in effect today as it is considered the birthplace of western thinking and culture…

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I Thought You Would Listen (Zephaniah 2:1-3:7)

There is probably no sentence we hate to hear more out of the lips of others than the words, “I told you so.” “I tried to tell you.” “I tried to tell but you would not listen.” But imagine if God had to say those words to us. He does. But before we get to that, we need to consider what we are looking at in the book of Zephaniah. The first chapter of Zephaniah was God declaring the problem of complacency among his people. They are satisfied in their wealth and possessions, thinking God is not active in the world. They still worship the Lord but they do not follow him or seek him. But now we are at a moment when the prophet is going to plead with the people. After he makes his pleading with the people, the Lord will make his personal pleading to the people. What we are going to see in our Lord is a picture of a father who is pleading with his children to listen to what he has to say. Now what we are going to see may seem a little backward. But there is a purpose in the presentation to his complacent people. God is going to give the people three reasons that they need to repent. So follow along as we look at God calling to his people in Zephaniah 2…

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A Life Guided By the Bible (Acts 17:1-15)

Please Note: Due to problems with the recorder this audio lesson was recorded from a lower quality, secondary source.

The second half of the book of Acts is showing us these great pictures of God’s salvation. Acts 17 is going to show how God is saving his people and the kind of heart needed to respond. You may remember that Jesus told a parable that is the parable of the sower in Mark 4. The parable pictures a sower scattering seed across all kinds of different soils. Jesus explains that the parable as the sower sowing the word and the different soils as the different responses that happen from proclaiming the message of God (cf. Mark 4:14). So the parable is about considering if your life is guided by God’s word. Paul and his companions are going to various cities proclaiming the message of God, calling people to be guided by the word of God. In Acts 17 they come to the city of Thessalonica…

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