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January 28, 2018

Sermon: The Shape of the Gospel: Restoration

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Scripture Lesson

Hosea 2:18-20; Romans 9:22-26

I will make for you a covenant on that day with the wild animals, the birds of the air, and the creeping things of the ground; and I will abolish the bow, the sword, and war from the land; and I will make you lie down in safety. And I will take you for my wife for ever; I will take you for my wife in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love, and in mercy. I will take you for my wife in faithfulness; and you shall know the Lord.

What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience the objects of wrath that are made for destruction; and what if he has done so in order to make known the riches of his glory for the objects of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory— including us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? As indeed he says in Hosea, ‘Those who were not my people I will call “my people”, and her who was not beloved I will call “beloved”. ’ ‘And in the very place where it was said to them, “You are not my people”, there they shall be called children of the living God.’

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Sermon Outline

Rev. Jonathan Swanson
The Shape of the Gospel: Restoration
Hosea 2:18-20; Romans 9:22-26

I. Introduction: Pickles
II. Series: Hosea: The Shape of the Gospel
     A. Last week: God’s anguish
     B. This week: God’s restoration
III. What does God’s restoration look like? (Hos. 2:18-20; Rom. 9:22-26)
     A. A new covenant (2:18)
         1. No more war (2:18)
         2. Safety (2:18)
     B. The blessings of God
         1. “Steadfast love” (2:19)
         2. “Mercy” (2:20)
         3. “Faithfulness” (2:20)
     C. A close relationship with God (2:20)
     D. Inclusion
         1. God bears with us (9:22-23)
         2. God includes everyone (9:24)
         3. Re-understanding Hosea (9:25-26)
IV. For us, God desires restoration
     A. To bless us
     B. A closer relationship
     C. To include everyone
     D. It cost God everything
V. Conclusion: Henri Matisse (1869-1954), The Chapel at Vence


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