Bible Studies

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God."

John 1:1

 

Study Questions for Summer of Love Week 9:  Third Day Love

Read Hosea 6:1-7:16

God's Story

1.  According to Hosea 6:1-3, what does Hosea want the people of God to do?  And what will happen if we do as Hosea suggests?

2.  In Hosea 6:4-6, the prophet describes the love of people exhibit and the kind God desires.  What is the difference between the two kinds of love?

3.  The harsh images of Hosea 6:7-10 paint a picture of Israel and Ephraim that is not flattering.  What are people doing that shines a bad light on the people?

4.  In Hosea 6:11- 7:1, the prophet suggests that fortunes may change for God’s people and Israel would be healed, but what will happen to Ephraim?

5.  The prophet identifies a fundamental problem with Ephraim that is going to be its downfall.  What is that problem according to Hosea 7:11-16?
My Story

1.  Think about a time when someone you cared for drifted away from a relationship with you?  Did that person ever come back and seek to renew the relationship with you?  If so, how did you react?  Are you friends now?

2.  Think of people that you love.  Why is it important that they experience steadfast love from you?  Why is it important that they show steadfast love to you?

3.  What things are happening in the world today that suggest that some people may be out of alignment with God?

4. Hosea 6:11-71 seems to suggest that there will come a time when people will meet a reckoning for their deeds.  What do you think about that?  Is that a comforting thought or a frightening thought?

5.  Hosea 7:11-16 clearly shows the danger of depending primarily upon political means to make the world a safer and better place.  According to this passage, what is the missing piece of this strategy for safety for a people?

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Other Bible Study Opportunities

Moments with Matthew Bible Reading Plan

It is not too late to take advantage of the North Carolina Synod summer online Bible study sponsored by the synod’s Engage the Bible Task Group – an ELCA Book of Faith ministry.

This summer’s study is titled Moments with Matthew and began July 5th. You can still join the group by subscribing to the North Carolina Synod E-news (http://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com) and check the Moments with Matthew box.  

All of the daily readings and commentaries can be found at https://nclutheran.org/category/moments-with-matthew/

The ELCA Book of Faith Initiative

We are a church whose unity is in Jesus Christ, who gathers us around word and water, wine and bread. We believe that people meet God in Scripture, where God’s relationship to — and intention for — humankind is revealed.  

The Book of Faith Initiative strives to increase biblical literacy and fluency for the sake of the world. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is committed to this five-year initiative encouraging members, congregations and synods to dig deeper into our book of faith — the Bible.  

For many, the encounter with Scripture is limited to the excerpts that are read on Sunday morning. Many of us — and many of our neighbors — are somewhat intimidated and unsure of how to engage Scripture. We believe all are invited to open Scripture and join the conversation.  
 
In order to delve deeper in the word, the Book of Faith Initiative recommends a four-fold method for reading the Bible: devotional, historical, literary and Lutheran theological reading. It’s up to you and your faith community to decide how the Book of Faith Initiative will become a vital part of your ministry so that together we grow in our deep engagement with the word of God.  Get involved To get started, visit www.bookoffaith.org and www.twitter.com/bookoffaith.
 
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Free Online Learning Opportunity with Corsera

Free online college level courses on topics of religion are available at Coursera.com. To sign up for courses go to www.coursera.com and register with your email to begin enjoying world-class instruction on great topics of faith.  The following current offering is recommended as a supplement to Pastor Frank’s class: Becoming the Book: How the Bible Came to Be.        
 
The Bible’s Prehistory, Purpose and Political Future with Dr. Jacob L. Wright of Emory University Candler School of Theology
A six-week course on the history and origins of the Hebrew Bible (the Old Testament) taught by a renowned professor of Jewish Studies

Course Overview:  With its walls razed to ground by Babylon’s armies, Jerusalem joined a long line of ancient vanquished cities—from Ur and Nineveh and Persepolis to Babylon itself. While some recovered from the destruction, others did not. But none responded to political catastrophe by fashioning the kind of elaborate and enduring monument to their own downfall that we find in the Bible. Most conquered populations viewed their subjugation as a source of shame, but the Hebrew people claimed their identity anew storytelling, becoming the People of the Book.

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