03: A Holy and Just God – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: God can use crises to make His people sensitive to their dependence on Him and their need for renewal and reformation. [Teaching Plan for A Holy and Just God April 15,2013] 1. Have a volunteer read Joel 1:14,15. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Gift of God’s Spirit
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Read Joel 2:28-29 along with Acts 2:1-21. How is Peter interpreting the prophecy of Joel here? On the day of Pentecost, the apostle Peter announced that the Lord had fulfilled His promise, as given through Joel, regarding the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Accompanying the outpouring of the Spirit, and as a visible sign of God’s supernatural intervention … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Blow the Trumpet!
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When natural disasters occur, they provoke many questions, such as, “Why did God allow this to happen?” “Why have some people lived, while others have died?” “Is there a lesson here that we could learn?” Joel had no doubt that the locust plague could lead to a deeper insight into God’s universal plan. In chapter … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: A National Disaster
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Read Joel 1:1-12. What is happening to the land of Judah? The prophet, who lived in an agricultural society, calls upon the farmers to be dismayed at the loss of their grain and fruit harvests. The ecological destruction could cripple the nation’s economy for years. In addition to the loss of food, shade, and wood, there … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: A Holy and Just God
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Read for This Week’s Study: Joel 1, 2:28-29, Acts 2:1-21, Joel 2:31-32, Rom. 10:13,Matt. 10:28-31. Memory Text: “The Lord thunders at the head of his army; his forces are beyond number, and mighty are those who obey his command. The day of the Lord is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it?” (Joel 2:11, NIV). Key Thought: God can use crises to … [Click to read more …]

Further Study: Love and Judgment
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Compare the following two quotations with the messages presented in Hosea 7-14 . “Through nature, through types and symbols, through patriarchs and prophets, God had spoken to the world. Lessons must be given to humanity in the language of humanity. . . . The principles of God’s government and the plan of redemption must be clearly … [Click to read more …]

02: Love and Judgment: God’s Dilemma – Thought Starters
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“But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always” (Hosea 12:6, NIV) [Thought questions for Love and Judgment: God’s Dilemma April 10, 2013] 1. The senseless doves. Does it seem fair for God to compare his wayward Old Testament children to ignorant doves? Is God exaggerating when … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Healed, Loved, and Nurtured
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Some ancient scholars viewed the Lord, as revealed in the Old Testament, as harsh and unforgiving, in contrast to Jesus, as revealed in the New. Why is that such a wrong conclusion? How does the message of Hosea 14 help to show just how wrong that conclusion is? What does this chapter reveal about God’s character and … [Click to read more …]

02: Love and Judgment : God’s Dilemma – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought: Hosea reveals more of God’s love in the challenge of justice and judgment. [Teaching Plan for Love and Judgment: God’s Dilemma April 8, 2013] 1. Have a volunteer read Hosea 10:12,13. A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is. B. How do we … [Click to read more …]