Week 2: Pursued for Redemption
If you’ve ever been to a carnival or theme park, you’ve seen the sign… “Must be this tall to ride.” The message is clear, only those who measure up can enter. Not much in life feels worse than the feeling that we don’t measure up. So it’s hard to hear that I’m not “enough” for God. Hosea is a story about unfaithfulness, cheating, betrayal. More than that, it’s a reflection of my relationship and your relationship with God. It forces us to come face to face with the Rebel in each of us. But this is exactly what makes God, and the story of Hosea, so amazing… it teaches us that even though we aren’t “enough” for God, we are everything to God! He always pursues us, and always take us back when we return to Him. Jesus removed the “Must be this tall” sign, and now any of us and all of us can start fresh.
1. ICEBREAKER: Talk about a time in your life when you didn’t “measure up.” Was it a carnival ride, a high school crush, or something else?
2. How does it make you feel to hear that God’s grace is greater than your mess?
3. Read Hosea 3:2. What does this verse tell us about how much Hosea gave to buy Gomer back? How does this verse point us towards Jesus?
4. Read Romans 3:22-24. This verse talks about the freedom we find in a relationship with God. How does God give us this freedom? What does this say about how much God values you?
5. The pastor encouraged you to “Allow yourself to be loved in the middle of your mess.” What are some reasons we have a hard time accepting the love God wants to show us?
6. The pastor said, “Shame says, ‘There’s no fixing this.’ Grace says, ‘There’s nothing God can’t redeem.’” What are some ways God helps us break the cycle of shame in our lives? (Examples: Confession, Prayer, LifeGroup, Counseling, etc.)
7. Read Hosea 2:14, 16, 20. Do you find yourself on the “auction block” as a slave to anything? How does this verse speak to you about God’s love in the middle of your mess?
God has chosen to love each one of us in the middle of the mess we are in right now. He doesn’t say get right and then come to me, He says comes to me and then we’ll get you right. But God doesn’t just want to “fix” you… He wants YOU. Maybe your next step is the first step into a relationship with Jesus. If you have never accepted Jesus as your redeemer, speak up now or after we dismiss. Don’t wait another day. Think about how you answered the last question. How do you need to trust God for freedom and a fresh start today?
CHANGING YOUR MIND
We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. Romans 3:22