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 →

Lesson Seven: A Win-Win

Titus 1–2 Background: The book of Titus is a letter written by Paul, addressed specifically to Titus, whom we know Paul considers his “true son in the faith.” In this letter, Paul gives Titus carte-blanche authority to establish church leadership…Continue Reading →

Lesson Six: Fighting the Good Fight

2 Timothy 3:10–4:22 Background: Paul’s final words to Timothy are filled with instruction, wisdom, encouragement, and urgency. Paul knows that his days are coming to an end, and it is time to pass the torch of leadership. He urges Timothy…Continue Reading →

Lesson Five: Truth Prevails

2 Timothy 2:14–3:9 Background: Paul will share the knowledge he gained from many years of experience so that Timothy may avoid pitfalls in his ministry. Paul will instruct Timothy on how to recognize and deal with false teaching and how…Continue Reading →

Lesson Four: Stay the Course

2 Timothy 1–2:13 Background: Imagine that you are sitting down to compose a letter to a dear loved one. You know time is short and your future uncertain. Your desire is to see him, but this is not guaranteed. In…Continue Reading →

Lesson Three: Loving Others Well

1 Timothy 5–6 Background: As Paul wraps up this epistle to Timothy, we see many ways he wants to love and protect the faith and actions of not just Timothy but all believers. The Gnostic teaching was being spread prevalently…Continue Reading →

Lesson Two: Church Leadership and Setting a Godly Example

1 Timothy 3–4 Background: God’s household continues to be Paul’s immediate concern knowing how turbulent the city of Ephesus was. He understood how important leadership was in the church to advance the Good News in the world and promote the…Continue Reading →

Lesson One: Warnings, Grace & Worship

1 Timothy 1–2 Background: In Paul’s letter to Timothy, we see a mentor encouraging and instructing his younger ministry partner in the day-to-day problems that surface in Ephesus. Paul writes Chapters 1 and 2 in the letter to warn Timothy…Continue Reading →

Spring Semester Introduction

Melissa Renner introduces the second part of this year's Women's Bible Study. We will study the letters of First and Second Timothy as well as his letter to Titus. Melissa challenges us to place ourselves in Timothy's shoes as we…Continue Reading →

Lesson Seven: Setting Our Hearts on Heaven

Various Scripture Background: Satan has deceived the world about Heaven. He has convinced people that Hell is a party and Heaven is nothing more than floating on clouds and playing harps. As Christians, the hope of Heaven should be a…Continue Reading →

Lesson Six: A Warning to the Idle

2 Thessalonians 2:13–3:18 Background: Paul’s love for the Thessalonians is evident in both of his letters. He calls them his pride and joy and says they live in a way that pleases God. Oh, to have Christ say that about…Continue Reading →

Lesson Five: The Mystery of Lawlessness

2 Thessalonians 1–2:12 Background: The Thessalonian believers continue to face persecution and false teaching as they grow stronger in their faith. They had been receiving letters saying that the day of the Lord had already come, so Paul wrote his…Continue Reading →

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