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Lesson Six—Malachi: The Pastor Prophet

Malachi 1:1-4:6 Background: Malachi, whose name means “My messenger,” tried to tell the people how far they had strayed from God. Malachi had the heart of a pastor—desiring true repentance from the people he was addressing. They had become arrogant…Continue Reading →

Lesson Five—Zechariah: The Visionary Prophet

Jonah 1:1-14:21 Background: Written several years after the first wave of exiles returned home from Babylon (520 BC to approximately 480 BC), Zechariah means “Jehovah remembers.” He is the son of Berechiah (“Jehovah blesses”) and grandson of Iddo (“the appointed…Continue Reading →

Lesson Four—Haggai: The Practical Prophet

Haggai 1:1-2:23 Background: The exile to Babylon is over, the people have been back in their homeland for 18 years, but the effort to rebuild the temple had ground to a halt. The people’s lives were hard and not filled…Continue Reading →

Lesson Three—Zephaniah: The Hopeful Prophet

Zephaniah 1:1-3:20 Background: Zephaniah gives a clear warning to the nation of Judah: The day of the LORD is coming and is inevitable, but it would be followed by restoration and blessing for the faithful. Judah would not be the…Continue Reading →

Lesson Two—Habakkuk: The Discouraged Prophet

Habakkuk 1:1-3:19 Background: The book of Habakkuk is unique in that it is presented as a dialogue between the prophet Habakkuk and God. It begins with a very discouraged Habakkuk complaining to God about the sinful condition of Judah. He…Continue Reading →

Lesson One—Nahum: The Comforter Prophet

Nahum 1:1-3:19 Background: The book of Nahum is God’s announcement of judgment to Assyria and specifically its capital city Nineveh. It was given to Nahum in a vision. Approximately 100 years prior, God had sent Jonah to preach to the…Continue Reading →

Lesson Six—Micah: The Justice Prophet

Micah 1:1-7:20 Background: Micah’s ministry spanned several reigns of kings, including Jotham and Hezekiah. As Micah was prophesying, so were Isaiah, Hosea, and Amos. As you read this book, picture a courtroom with Micah as a lawyer, arguing his case…Continue Reading →

Lesson Five—Jonah: The Defiant Prophet

Jonah 1:1-4:11 Background: God called Jonah to get up and go announce His judgment to Nineveh, which was about 500 miles away. So, Jonah got up and went….to Tarshish, a city about 2,000 miles in the opposite direction. Jonah foolishly…Continue Reading →

Lesson Four—Obadiah: The Petra Prophet

Obadiah 1:1-21 Background: The story of Israel and Edom originates in Genesis and will culminate in Revelation. The story of Esau and Jacob exists to portray not only a dysfunctional family, but also how a family and its ties can…Continue Reading →

Lesson Three—Amos: The Farmer Prophet

Amos 1:1-9:15 Background: The overwhelming emphasis in Amos is the social injustices he saw in the prosperous northern kingdom of Israel and its capital city, Samaria. While some were living luxurious lifestyles, others were being ground down into complete poverty.…Continue Reading →

Lesson Two—Joel: The Revival Prophet

Joel 1:1-3:21 Background: In Joel, Jesus is portrayed as the Restorer. The overall lesson of Joel’s prophecy is this: Repent, for “the day of the Lord” is coming. By the time most of the minor prophets were writing, God’s promise…Continue Reading →

Lesson One—Hosea: The Loving Prophet

Hosea 1:1-14:9 Background: Hosea prophesied to the nation of Israel (the northern kingdom) about 750 years before Christ. Israel was experiencing great material prosperity, but they had turned away from God to worship idols, which God considered to be spiritual…Continue Reading →

Introduction to the Minor Prophets

Melissa Renner introduces what Women’s Bible Study will look like this semester and how to get the most out of this study and the opportunities for meaningful connection with other women. Study Guide Available For the corresponding study guide, please…Continue Reading →

Lesson Nine: The Cross of Christ

Various Scriptures Background: From about the 6th century BC until the 4th century AD, the cross was an instrument of execution that resulted in death by the most torturous and painful of ways. In crucifixion a person was either tied…Continue Reading →

Lesson Eight: Living Right in Our Society

Titus 3 Background: Chapter 3 concludes Paul's general statements about church structure and behavior. The Cretan church had become distracted from its witness by getting wrapped up in disputes and fights over divisive and non-essential matters. Paul speaks as a…Continue Reading →

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