Bible+Theology

Series Introduction: Blind Spots (the book of Amos)

The term blind spot is used to describe that place in a person’s range of vision where they cannot see properly, even though they expect to be able to see. Many of us have had the experience of nearly crashing into someone as we’re switching lanes because the other car was in our… blind spot. When we say someone has a blind spot about something, we mean there is a topic or issue of which they are unaware, or that they are unable to see how important it is.

The book of Amos deals with the blind spots in God’s people. Amos spoke prophetically to God’s people at a time when Israel was – as one author puts it – “politically secure and spiritually smug.” They assumed they were right before God and yet were blind to the areas of life where God wanted them to be growing. The message of Amos would challenge their complacency and call them to view their lifestyles and choices from a different perspective. God’s perspective.

So, what is God’s message for us through Amos? If we are living with blind spots to areas in our lives and spirituality, in what ways is the message of Amos an important word for us today?

We hope will you join us for these timely and challenging messages.

Series Schedule:

October 21 – Intro to Amos: Does God still judge today?
October 28 – Amos 1-3: Blind Spots about outsiders
November 4 – Amos 4: Blind Spots about our worship
November 11 – Amos 5: Blind Spots about seeking God
November 18 – Amos 7: Blind Spots about hearing God
November 25 – Amos 8-9: Blind Spots about judgment and hope

Recommended Resources:

  1. Joel & Amos (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries) – David Allen Hubbard
  2. Hosea Amos Micah (NIV Application Commentary)  – Gary V. Smith

These two commentaries would make helpful companions as you study the book of Amos. Throughout the series, we will recommend other books and resources to help you grow in the specific topics covered in individual sermons. Subscribe to the blog to receive those recommendations directly in your inbox.

 


About the Author: Craig Gartland
Craig is Pastor of Spiritual Formation at Blackhawk and oversees Adult Ministries. He completed his Master of Divinity at Fuller Theological Seminary and spent over two decades of his career in campus ministry. He is married to Sharon and they have four children. His passions include cycling, listening to jazz music, photography, and the writings of C.S. Lewis.