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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 →

Lesson Four: Preparing for Eternity

1 Thessalonians 5 Background: Both letters written to the Thessalonians—as well as to all future believers—are letters of preparation and anticipation. Our Savior’s return is emphasized in both letters. As we wait in anticipation of Christ’s return, Paul provides in…Continue Reading →

Lesson Three: The Bridegroom Cometh

1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 Background: Few biblical topics can start heated debates as quickly as this short passage of Scripture. Many who agree on the details of the event will hotly argue the timing. This lesson was prepared based on the…Continue Reading →

Lesson Two: Live to Please God

1 Thessalonians 3–4:12 Background: In the previous chapters we saw how Paul longed to be with the new believers in Thessalonica. He traveled by himself to Berea and then later to Athens due to persecution in Berea so had only…Continue Reading →

Lesson One: A Foundation of Love

1 Thessalonians 1-2 Background: This book, written by Paul, is filled with both encouragement and instruction for the new believers that had recently formed the church in Thessalonica. Notice as you read this book how Paul instructs them as a…Continue Reading →

Introduction

Melissa Renner answers some of the questions she has received over the last few weeks about what Women's Bible Study will look like this semester.Continue Reading →

Lesson Seven: The Servant: Suffering to Exultation

Background: For many, their first exposure to this passage in Isaiah is not in the written Word, but through singing. Isaiah 53:4-6 is one of the beautiful choruses sung in Handel’s Messiah. In this enduring work, Handel takes us through…Continue Reading →

Lesson Six: SOS: Sin, Obedience, Salvation

Background: Isaiah 50:1–52:12 presents God’s challenge to His people to prove their claim that they’ve been forsaken. He declares the reason for their separation was their sin. However, He doesn’t leave them there! Neither does He leave us in our…Continue Reading →

Lesson Five: A Servant Commissioned; A Nation Restored

Background: God promised Abram in Genesis 12:1-3 that through him, the nation of Israel would be great and blessed. Isaiah points out how rebellious Israel has become, but God’s promise of blessing and redemption has not wavered. He mercifully warns…Continue Reading →

Lesson Four: I AM: There is No Other

Background: God has displayed His power and sovereignty to the people of Israel during His covenant relationship with them. Time and time again they falter and look to idols to save them. God through Isaiah will school them for their…Continue Reading →

Lesson Three: The Servant

Background: Despite the rebelliousness of idolatry, God now shows us in these chapters that He has a plan forIsrael and all of mankind. He is sending a Servant who will bring justice….and redemption! Memory Verse: "‘Behold, My Servant, whom I…Continue Reading →

Lesson Two: Comfort and Help for God’s People

Background: The previous 39 chapters of Isaiah have exposed the wicked corruptions of Israel and Judah. At the beginning of Isaiah 40 we see a picture of the future captivity. Their attitude is negative and fearful. They are feeling forsaken…Continue Reading →

Lesson One: Trusting God through Life’s Challenges

Background: Isaiah’s account of King Hezekiah serves as a bridge between the first half of the book and the second. As Isaiah begins, Assyria poses the greatest threat to God’s people. This threat reaches its climax in the historical narrative…Continue Reading →

Introduction

Isaiah: Past, Present, and Future, Part 2 To kick off the Spring Semester study of Isaiah, Melissa Renner, Pastoral Leader for Stonebriar Women, and a panel with Laurna Burg and Roxanna Whitfield discuss the most asked questions received about biblical…Continue Reading →

Lesson Eight: In Whom Do You Trust?

Background: The presence of six “woes” designates chapters 28–33 as a distinct unit of Isaiah’s prophecy, sometimes called the “book of woes”: Chapters 28–29 paint the picture of Judah’s foolish leaders during Hezekiah’s reign, concluding that something must be done…Continue Reading →

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