03: A Holy and Just God – Teaching Plan
avatar

gless03 (1)

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 this text is.
B. What are the benefits and advantages of corporate repentance and prayer over personal and private repentance and prayer?
C. Personal Application: Have you ever [...]

Tuesday: The Gift of God’s Spirit
avatar

Image © Bill Osborne from GoodSalt.com

Read Joel 2:28-29 along with Acts 2:1-21. How is Peter interpreting the prophecy of Joel here?

Image © Bill Osborne from GoodSalt.com

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 in the history of humankind, God will cause extraordinary phenomena to be seen in nature, both on earth and in [...]

Monday: Blow the Trumpet!
avatar

Image © Ain Vares from GoodSalt.com

When natural disasters occur, they provoke many questions, such as,

Image © Ain Vares from GoodSalt.com

“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 1, under divine inspiration, the prophet relates the national crisis to the spiritual situation in the land. The locusts have [...]

Sunday: A National Disaster
avatar

Image © David Sorensen from GoodSalt.com

Read Joel 1:1-12. What is happening to the land of Judah?

Image © David Sorensen from GoodSalt.com

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 is a threat of topsoil erosion. Some fruit trees in Palestine take 20 years to grow before they become productive. [...]

Sabbath: A Holy and Just God
avatar

gless03 (1)

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 make His people sensitive to both their dependence on Him and their need for spiritual renewal and reformation.

On the massive locust plague and severe drought that were [...]

Death and the Resurrection in Light of the Cross
avatar

Image © Steve Creitz from GoodSalt.com

It’s that time of year when the leaves spring back onto barren trees and flowers bloom back to life. Every spring reminds me of the second coming and resurrection. I believe God lets everything die in the winter and come back in the spring to demonstrate for us His re-creation and resurrection power. Just as sure as the trees that seem to die in the fall have new life in the spring, we can be sure our sleeping loved ones [...]

Further Study: Love and Judgment
avatar

future_study

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 defined. The lessons of the Old Testament must be fully set before men.”—Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, p. 34.

“Through long, dark years when ruler after [...]

Inside Story: The Second-Hand Church
avatar

Image © James Work from GoodSalt.com

Pamela Obero sat beside her mud house in Kenya and listened to the preacher’s sermon over the loudspeaker.

Image © James Work from GoodSalt.com

She was curious about the Seventh-day Adventist meetings being held on a nearby vacant lot, though she belonged to another church.

The messages touched Pamela’s heart, and at times she felt that the speaker talked directly to her. So on Sabbath morning she took her five children to the meetings instead of to her own church. When the [...]

02: Love and Judgment: God’s Dilemma – Thought Starters
avatar

green-question-question-mark

“But you must return to your God; maintain love and justice, and wait for your God always” (Hosea 12:6, NIV)

Image © Linda Lovett from GoodSalt.com

[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 He uses language like this? Is God’s New Testament church in any way like the people of God in Hosea’s day? [...]

Thursday: Healed, Loved, and Nurtured
avatar

Image © Janet Hyun from GoodSalt.com

Some ancient scholars viewed the Lord, as revealed in the Old Testament,

Image © Janet Hyun from GoodSalt.com

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 love for His people?

The last chapter of Hosea is a fitting climax to the message proclaimed by the prophet. It [...]

Wednesday: Compassion Stronger Than Anger
avatar

Image © Janet Hyun from GoodSalt.com

“How can I give you up, O Ephraim?

Image © Janet Hyun from GoodSalt.com

How can I surrender you, O Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? My heart is turned over within Me, all My compassions are kindled. I will not execute My fierce anger; I will not destroy Ephraim again. For I am God and not man, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath” (Hos. [...]

Prodigal and Prostitute
avatar

Image © Pacific Press from GoodSalt.com

“Forgiving the unforgivable is hard. So was the cross: hard words,

Image © Pacific Press from GoodSalt.com

hard wood, hard nails.”
William S. Stoddard

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 5:8

You probably remember a man named Ted Kaczynski – the Unabomber. He’s the man who used to send mail bombs to people he didn’t like. He’s been in jail now for many years, but this week I read something I [...]