We are beginning a brand-new sermon series this week. We will be exploring the small prophetic book of Malachi over four sermons. Here are some comments from Pastor Andrew on what this series will be about:
Malachi is a wake-up call. It is addressed to people who conform to the established religious practices without loving God with their heart. We will see that people miss God in two ways not one: 1) blatant idolatry and 2) ice-cold religious practices. God never calls us to simple religious practice but rather a heart devotion that leads us to worship.
Here is the upcoming schedule for those who want to read ahead or read along:
- January 25th and 28th—Worship with a Whole Heart (Malachi 1)
- February 1st and 4th—A Warning for Religious Leaders (Malachi 2)
- February 8th and 11th—Sent Weekend (Psalm 67:4)
- February 15th and 18th—Messenger of the Covenant (Malachi 3)
- February 22nd and 25th—The Sun of Righteousness (Malachi 4)
This month, we have two resources for diving deeper into the themes of Malachi:
1. The Message of Malachi – Peter Adam
Honestly, there are few good resources for devotional study on Malachi, not even many resources of any caliber at all. But there is at least one great study—Peter Adam’s The Message of Malachi. Adam takes a biblical theology approach, connecting Malachi to the grand narrative of scripture, Old and New Testaments. He explains well the toxic religious climate of the Israelites during this time and connects each section of Malachi to both our personal and church community life using Christ as the point of focus. You will come away thankful that you can worship God in a way that pleases him and thankful for the gospel-centered community of Mercy Hill. I commend this resource to you heartily. At 110 pages, you can read this whole book before the next series starts by reading only four pages a day.
2. Exalting Jesus in Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi – Micah Fries, Stephen Rummage, Robby Gallaty
The Exalting Jesus commentary series, edited by David Platt, Daniel L. Akin, and Tony Merida, exists to help pastors and teachers focus their sermons and lessons on Christ. This volume includes four commentaries on the minor prophets, and Robby Gallaty wrote the one for Malachi. While Gallaty wrote this with teachers in mind, it is suitable for personal study in the way it breaks down each section of scripture, gives you a main theme, and finishes each section with reflection questions. Also, each section is connected to the gospel, so it should feel very familiar to Mercy Hill family. Whereas Adam’s book is more theological, this one tends to have more biblical studies content (historical context, Hebrew-breakdown, etc.), but it is still accessible for most people. The Malachi section is seventy-eight pages, so reading three pages a day will have you finished by the end of the series.
-Alex Nolette (Equip Coordinator/Community Groups)