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Now What? - Applying the Sermon to Life ("A Pursuing and Restoring Love" - Hosea 11:1-12)

By Pastor Dwayne Bond in Wellspring Church about 1 year ago | 157 views Link:

Hello Family,

God is so so good.  He pursues us with His relentless love without ever growing fatigued.  He never stops pursuing His people people even in seasons of unfaithfulness.  He longs for us to know Him, find satisfaction in Him, and to stay connected to Him.  May these series of questions remind you of His love for you wherever you are right now.

For the Kids and Students

1.  What does it mean to be “pursued by God?”

2.  How are you sensing God’s pursuit of you?  What does it mean for God to “restore you?”  Do you need his restorative love right now?

3.  How have you been unfaithful to the Lord?  In your unfaithfulness, how is God destroying your idols, disciplining you, and encouraging you to seek after Him?

4.  In what specific ways are you experiencing the fatherhood of God?  How so?  What is it like for you to be his child, if you are?

5.  Even though God was pursuing Israel, they were still sacrificing to idols and refusing to return to the Lord.  Does this remind you of any area(s) of your life?  If so, how?  If not, why?

6.  How is God being compassionate and tender with you right now?  What does that do for you?

For the Adults

1.  How did the Holy Spirit minister to your heart through the message?

2.  What specific part of our text ministered to your heart and reminded you of the gospel of Jesus Christ?

3.  How is God’s pursuit of unfaithful Israel encouraging you or reminding you of His pursuit of you?

4.  Our response to God’s love has no power to change His love for us.  How does that resonate and stir the affections of your heart?

5.  What signs of God’s love and compassion are you witnessing in your own life right now?  How can we celebrate and rejoice with you right now?

6.  The “sword rages” producing pain in our lives and we are consumed and devoured when we seek satisfaction in our idols and refuse to turn to the Lord.  How does this statement remind you of the worthlessness of our own commitment to our idol(s) of choice?

7.   How is God being compassionate and tender with you right now?  What is that doing for you right now?  How is that conforming you to the image of His Son?

8.  We deserve God’s anger but instead He gives us His compassion.  What is this reality calling you to as you seek to relate to those around you who may make you angry?  Specifically, which one of your idols is causing you to be angry at your brother or sister in Christ?

9.  One day rebellion, pain, and sin will be no more.  We will be in the presence of God forever. Take a moment as you pray and celebrate this soon to be but not yet reality.  How does this help you live on mission today?

For additional study – As you continue allowing God to deal with your idolatry, consider ordering and reading this book by Elyse Fitzpatrick called Idols of the Heart.  

Grace and peace,

Pastor Bond

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