For the next three months (12 weeks), or until a new Pastor is called, we will worship through each of the Minor Prophets, one at a time, to exalt God and praise our Lord.
There are 60 books in the Bible. A compilation of twelve of those books are called the ‘Minor Prophets. That’s 20% of our Bible! That suggests that they’re important.
These 12 books of the Bible are so small, and so nested in historic events, you may have skipped over them or just possibly, you may not have noticed them at all.
Here are some answers to questions I hope you are wondering about…
Why these 12 books, now?
Each book provides significant spiritual development information, but each stands alone. When they are bundled into a series, the information helps us dive into the deep end of the pool, where spiritual riches exist.
Plus, if we call a new pastor, we can end the series with any book and not feel something is left undone.
Why the lifesaver reference?
First, the content is prophetic. For the people who lived during the era of prophets, the content meant life or death. It drew the Hebrew Nation to promises of God’s blessing or the fear of God’s curses. They are as valuable, for the same purpose, today.
Second, they are designed to cause people to look at their current knowledge of God and grow, change, or flee depending on circumstances. The Minor Prophets is a collection of books, a lifesaver being tossed to us. We are invited into the deep end of our spiritual development!
Is there anything I can do to enrich this experience?
The sermons are posted to encourage your reading and study before each week’s sermon. Likely you’ll see and learn things that extend beyond the sermon. You are encouraged to dive deep into each book. I will pull out what God lays on my heart. Your personal reading and study will allow God to build and integrate your personal growth with the growth God delivers in worship.
Can you give me a high-level overview of this series?
Spoiler Alert… God’s alive, he knows your future and he wants you to step into that future.
Today, when we think about a prophet, it conjures up images of a Ouija Boards and Tarot Cards. Few people have experienced prophetic guidance, and most have relegated this experience to backward times and people who just are not real smart – Neanderthals. This series ushers into our church the gift of prophecy; into our thinking. Possibly some will nurture that gift within themselves.
“‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.