Ezekiel was a priest and prophet taken away into Babylonian captivity. After witnessing a great vision of God's presence removed from the temple, Ezekiel brings the prophecy of God's destruction of Jerusalem and the temple. Yet, even with this destruction and despair, there is still hope that is envisioned in the valley of dry bones where God brings Israel's hopes back to life.
Lamentations is a short book of five poems arranged around the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet. We might say Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, laments the destruction of Jerusalem from A to Z. In these five poems, we learn some things about God and some things about ourselves.
In our One Book series we examine the book of Jeremiah. After giving a brief outline and overview, we take a look at the life of Jeremiah as a prophet and we learn we have a lot in common with him.
At the heart of missions is the nature of God. God first loved us. God first gave to us. When we follow him by faith we want to give what is pleasing to him. In this lesson, Lenin Munguia offers us encouragement for giving toward our annual Great Commission Sunday with a reminder of these principles from 2 Samuel 24:18-25, Phil. 2:5-11 and Rom. 15:16.
After a brief overview and explanation that Isaiah is the gospel in miniature form, we focus on the encounter that Isaiah has with God in Isaiah 6:1-9. This encounter changed him and it should change us!
As we continue our "One Book" series, Song of Solomon present a story about a man and woman who are in love. While the content of this book is sometimes difficult to study in mixed company, ultimately, it is the story of the meeting, marriage and struggle involved in the marriage relationship. From this story, we learn three key things that keep our marriages healthy.
"What's the meaning of life?" Not long after man inhabited this globe humans began to ask that question. The book of Ecclesiastes expected that question and gives us answers. In this lesson we examine how life must never be lived "apart from God" and we look at three practical ways to deal with the frustrations that are common to life (key passages: Ecc. 3:1-15, Ecc. 12:13-14)
The book of Proverbs is a book of wisdom (see Prov. 1:1-7). Often said to be associated with other "wisdom literature" like the books of Ecclesiastes and Job, it offers us practical and heavenly insight into how life can be lived more in tune with God than the world. In this lesson, we examine the structure (parts) of the book and then focus on the parable of the lazy vineyard owner in Prov. 24:30-36.
There is so much to uncover in the book of Psalms. But at the heart of the Psalms is a God we need to know. This lesson explores the theme of learning about God from Psalms.
In our "Why We? series we are addressing the things we do in the assembly. Not only do we pray in our corporate worship, it's something we do all the time in our Christian walk. In this lesson, we consider the powerful example of Hannah, who would eventually become the mother of Samuel, from 1 Sam. 1-2. Being barren provides the backdrop to some powerful reasons that confirm "Why We Pray."