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Part 1: Almost Always

LISTEN TO THE SERMON:

 

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NEED TO KNOW:

Start Here – for Elementary Kids & Parents

If you’re a parent of an elementary student and your child has been talking to you about their relationship with Jesus – or if you’re wanting to learn more about HOW to talk to your child about Jesus – then we have an event called “Start Here” that is the perfect next step for you. It’ll take place on Sunday, February 18 in the meeting room of your campus at 9am during the first service. For more information about Kid’s Ministry to to onelifeknox.com/kids.

Night of Worship, February 21

2018 is starting off to be one of the most exciting years in the history of our church. We want to celebrate all that God is doing and beg him to continue doing something so big that only He can get the credit. So on Wednesday night, February 21 at 6:30pm at each campus we’re going to do just that! Join us for a Night of Worship where we’ll experience music, prayer, communion, and a challenging message from Pastor Rodney. You don’t want to miss this!

OneLife Students

OneLife’s Student Ministry meets every Wednesday night at 6:30pm at each campus. If you’re in middle or high school, this is a great way for you to get to know other students, grow in your faith, and have a lot of fun too! If you’d like more information about OneLife Students stop by the student banner in the lobby of your Campus or go to onelifeknox.com/students.

Baptism

If you’ve given your life to Jesus, but haven’t gone public with your story through baptism, then it’s time to take that next step! Go to onelifeknox.com/baptism so that we can help you get started.


THINK IT OVER

Think back through Sunday’s message. What stuck out?

Key Scriptures:

Key Scriptures: Hosea 1:1-5

Bottom Line:

There’s no such thing as almost always faithful.

Key Notes:

  • God had a covenant agreement with Israel that He would be their God and they would be His people. All they had to do was obey!
  • Over the years, they would be on again, off again with their side of the agreement. So God chose prophets like Hosea to preach truth to them in hopes of bringing them back to Him.
  • Hosea’s message would be unique in that God would use his own marriage and family as an illustration of God’s relationship with Israel, in that Israel had acted like a prostitute in their relationship with God.
  • The basis of Israel’s unfaithfulness was idolatry. Idolatry is always the root of unfaithfulness!
  • Idolatry is believing the lie: “If I have _____ then… My life will have meaning. I will know I have value. I will feel significant and secure.”
  • But this unfaithfulness always ends in brokenness.

  • TALK IT OVER

    Start Talking – Get the Conversation Started!

    • Rodney gave examples of things you don’t want to work “almost always” like landing a plane or a surgeon closing up a patient. What are other examples that you can think of where “almost always” isn’t good enough!?
    • When did you have an experience of doing something right almost always, but that one time you didn’t messed everything up?!

    Start Thinking

    • Read Hosea 1:2-5. What is most shocking to you about these first few verses of Hosea’s story? What do you hope gets answered in the following verses and chapters?
    • Read 2 Kings 10:25-31. How was King Jehu “almost always” faithful?
    • Why was this not good enough? What did he miss out on by not going all-in?

    Start Sharing

    • Why do you think Jehu didn’t want to do everything God told him to do? What fears might he have had in doing that? What do you think was his “idol” in that part of the story?
    • When have you seen religion do what Jehu did – intensely focus on one cause, ideology, or sin but not everything that God teaches?
    • When do you find yourself like Jehu – willing to focus on on thing but not everything? If you are honest, what are you most likely to “gloss over” or allow to stay as an idol in your life even though God wants all of you?

    Start Doing

    • What can you do to be always faithful? What steps do you need to take to get rid of your idols?
    • How would living an always faithful life impact the way you can share your story with people around you? How does not living always faithful prevent living on mission?

    Start Praying

    • Take some time to thank God that he fights for you even when you have been unfaithful to him!
    • Confess to God the ways you have allowed something other than Jesus to be all that you need.
    • Ask God to help you do what needs to be done to get rid of idols once and for all in your life!

    Start Digging

    • 2 Kings 9 and 10

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