Jan 20, 2019 Joel*

The Book of Joel predicts a great locus plague that will devastate the land of Judah, a plague that will be a harbinger of an even more dreadful “day of of the Lord” that Judah will face, if it does not repent. Repentance is crucial for the reversal of Judah’s fortunes. Structurally we see negative […]

Jan 13, 2019 Meet the Prophets*

This year we are reading through the prophetic books of the Old Testament (OT). To help us to understand and appreciate the message given to us through the prophets, here are four key things we should know about the prophets.   Prophets Had Mouth: They Spoke for God. Quite simply, prophets were messengers. They were God’s […]

Jan 6, 2019 -Hosea Overview*

Author & Date Hosea prophesied during the latter half of the eighth century B.C. (c. 753–722 B.C.). God called Hosea to predict the destruction and exile of Israel at a time when Israel was at the height of its material prosperity. The prosperity unfortunately was accompanied by widespread idolatry (4:17; 8:4-6) and social injustice (4:2; […]

Dec 23, 2018 2 Thessalonians Overview*

AUTHOR, DATE, AND RECIPIENTS Shortly after writing 1 Thessalonians, the apostle Paul received a report (2 Thess. 3:11) that the Thessalonian church had accepted the strange claim that “the day of the Lord has come” (2:1–2). Paul sent them this second letter in A.D. 49–51. He was probably in Corinth at the time. PURPOSE Paul […]