How Does God Show His Love?
Passage: Malachi 1:1–1:5
Today we begin a new sermon series in the last book of the Old Testament, the book of Malachi. One of the great purposes of the Bible is to reveal Who God is.
In order to truly worship God, we must first understand Him. We’ll consider God’s message to Malachi, Israel, and to us!
1A. THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
1B. The name Malachi means, “My Messenger” or “The Lord’s Messenger.”
2B. The Empire of Persia
3B. The Temple rebuilt
4B. Hopelessness in Israel
5B. Discussion about Marriage
2A. THE SPIRITUAL BURDEN (1:1)
1B. The message is a “burden”
1C. OF THE SPEAKER
2C. OF THE HEARER
2B. The message is from God Himself
1C. THE WORD OF THE LORD
2C. THE LORD OF HOSTS
3B. The message is about God
1C. GOD’S GREAT NAME
2C. GOD AS FATHER
3A. HOW HAS GOD LOVED US? (1:2-5)
1B. The reason is love, verse 2a.
1C. ENCOURAGEMENT TO RETURN
2c. EXPLAINS THAT ACTION AFFECT RELATIONSHIPS
3C. EXTENDS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO GET RIGHT WITH GOD
2B. The display of love, verses 2b-4.
1C. IN TERMS OF ELECTION
2C. IN TERMS OF JUDGMENT
3B. The extent of God’s love, verse 5.
1C. FAITH IN GOD’S PROMISE
2C. FAITHFULNESS OF GOD’S PROMISE
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore, I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”