Appeals and Apologetics
The concept of covenant is basic to all of the Bible. God sovereignly establishes a special relationship with His people, promising them benefits and requiring obedience. If a covenant is to be meaningful, there must be a penalty for breaking it. The gospel of Jesus is something we are to obey, not merely something we receive or believe. The blessings and judgments of God are real, and still apply to us today.
Home Truths: God has No Favourites
God judges gentile nations not only for harming His people, but for violations of His covenant standards. In Amos, the latter is the emphasis. Israel had begun to understand their election as arbitrary favouritism, abandoning the significance of God's covenant.
The Certainty of Judgment
Amos spoke against Israel's sin at a time of religious decline, emphasizing the universality of God's reign over the nations. He warns of the absolute certainty of God's judgment.
The Lion of Judah
Amos insists that the church loses the centrality of the Word of God to its eternal peril.
Epilogue Part 2: Two Disciples, One Calling
The path of discipleship is to follow as the Lord sovereignly leads us.
Epilogue Part 1: Peter Restored
Through the grace of God in Jesus Christ, God wants to restore and recommission and send out His people even when we have failed.
The High Priestly Prayer
In contrast to the world's man-worshipping glory, John shows us a new category of glory reflected in the cross. John uniquely connects Jesus' suffering with glory. The cross is not the condition of glory. The Cross is God's glory. In giving the Father glory, Jesus reveals the nature of the Father's glory. We're being transformed from one degree of glory to another.
Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him. The most mature Christians have often suffered greatly and yet experience great joy. The Comforter helps us and guides us in our persecution. Persecution cements the truth together with the power of the Holy Spirit in the life of the Church.
The Work of the Holy Spirit
As we see spiritual success in Christian mission, we are reminded of our total dependence on the work of the Holy Spirit.
Christ: The Way and the Truth
We do not need to be troubled by problems in the world because of who Christ is.