Isaiah is the longest prophetic work in the Old Testament. He condemns the externalism of the people, but he also proclaims a message of hope. Jesus is found in many beautiful pictures in Isaiah. Our summary verse is from Isaiah 9:6: “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – (NKJV) Why this Christmas text? Because Isaiah points to the promised Child Who fulfills God’s promises and the One who takes us from the Garden of Eden to Garden of Gethsemane.
Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Neal Radichel for part four of our Christian Parenting series. This episode will discuss the importance of a solid marriage and the impact the marriage relationship can have on children. They will discuss the importance of helping your children look for a God-fearing spouse even at a young age, and modeling a Christian marriage for your children. They will discuss what that looks like and why it is important, not just for your marriage, but also for your children.
Hosea prophesied to Israel during its final and very tumultuous years. Hosea speaks out against idolatry which he compared to spiritual adultery. We see Christ in the faithful Husband who loves His wife (the Church) as pictured in Hosea’s relationship with Gomer. Our summary verse is from Hosea 6:6: “For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings” – (NKJV)
Amos was sent by God from Judah to Israel to declare God’s judgment on those who rejected Him: Syria, Philistia, Phoenicia, Edom, Ammon, Moab, Judah and finally Israel. They were prosperous, but they forsook the LORD. Amos reminds us that the LORD alone is God and is to be worship. Our summary verse is from Amos 4:13: “For behold, He who forms mountains, And creates the wind, Who declares to man what his thought is, And makes the morning darkness, Who treads the high places of the earth — The LORD God of hosts is His name.” – (NKJV)
Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Neal Radichel for part three of our Christian Parenting series. This episode will discuss the importance of Christian discipline in the home. They will lay the Biblical foundation for discipline and discuss some real world application as they talk about what discipline looks like in a Christian home, as well as offering resources to help parents with this God-given responsibility.
Jonah is one of the more familiar prophets of the Old Testament, but was not the best example. He is often called the reluctant prophet, because he didn’t want to go to Nineveh where the LORD sent him. So what can we learn from this reluctant missionary? First, that God desires the salvation of all people. Second that we are not to determine if someone is worthy of the Gospel, but to preach the word and let the Spirit do the work. Our summary verse is from Jonah 4:2: “I know that You are a gracious and merciful God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness.” – (NKJV)
The prophet Joel was sent to proclaim God’s judgment upon His Old Testament people for their idolatry. He predicts a “locust” plague that will devastate the nation. But with the judgment the LORD also offers an invitation and a call to repentance to His sinful people. Our summary verse is from Joel 2:32: “Whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.” – (NKJV)
Join Pastors Nathanael Mayhew and Rob Sauers for the study of a Mission Hymn by William Williams: O’er the Gloomy Hills of Darkness. We will learn about the hymn writer, the background of the hymn, and dig into the Biblical foundation for the hymn. We will also study the Biblical concept of mission work and discuss the motivation for it, and the purpose of it. Join us for a look at this wonderful mission hymn!
The prophet Obadiah was sent to the foreign nation of Edom to announce God’s judgment on them because of their wickedness toward Israel and Judah. This points us to the final day of Judgment which is coming for all of us. This serves as a warning to us in our day as well. Our summary verse is from Obadiah 1:15: ““As you have done, it shall be done to you; your deeds shall return on your own head.” – (ESV)
2 Kings continues the history of the nations of Israel and Judah and reveals the power of the true God for blessing and judgement. We see an example of this as we look at good king Hezekiah and the ministry of Elisha, and two instances where the power of the LORD was clearly on display for the purpose leading all people to know Him as the only true God and Savior. Our summary verse is from 2 Kings 19:19: “Now therefore, O LORD our God, I pray, save us from his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You are the LORD God, You alone.” – (NKJV)