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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 →

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 →

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