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The Collapse Of The Complacent (6 of 9)
Series: Fig Picker Turned Prophet
Dr. Ernest Easley
As you take your Bible and turn to the book of Amos chapter six ... let me remind you where we are in our study of this fig picker turned prophet.
The book of Amos is a series of Prophecies .. Sermons .. Visions .. and Promises. We are in the sermon section that begins in chapter 3. There are three sermons and each sermon begins with the words, "Hear this word."
3.1, "Hear this word." 4.1, "Hear this word." 5.1, "Hear this word." Now .. the third sermon preached by Amos is made up of two "woe's." Whenever you come across a "woe" in the Bible ... you know that something bad is coming.
The first "woe" of this third sermon is found in Amos 5.18, "Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord." And now as we come to chapter 6 we find the second "woe" in v.1, "Woe to you who are at ease in Zion."
So .. as we come to the conclusion of this third sermon ... the second "woe" ... we read of The Collapse of the Complacent. And as we do ... let me draw your attention ...
(1) THE COMPLACENCY OF THE PEOPLE.
Vv. 1-6 ... Now as we read of their complacency ... Amos tells us about ...
-their apathy. (v.1a)
"Woe to you who are at ease in Zions." The word translated "ease" speaks of security and here it refers to a false security. What apathy they had! They remind me of a lot of Baptist today ... apathetic.
They no longer had any emotion in their worship! They no longer had any passion in their witnessing! They remind me of those two preachers talking about the churches that they pastored. One preacher said to his pastor friend, "When the rapture takes place, the church I pastor will be the first to meet the Lord in the air." His friend replied, "Now, how do you know that?" He said, "Because the Bible says that the dead in Christ will rise first."
Here is a group of apathetic .. complacent people who had grown col ...
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