Lessons

Fred has taught Sunday School classes for over 35 years.  Almost always, people say: “I’ve never thought about it that way before.”  Every week we will add lessons to this archive.

John 1:1-18

The Scottish preacher Andrew MacLaren said this is the most profound page in the entire New Testament – and he is right. It is also the most controversial and the source of most Christian heresies in the early church. What you think about this one page pretty much defines what you believe about Jesus, God, and the Gospel. That is why it is so important not to read it as an isolated page but as par ...[Read More]

Micah 7

Normally, we think of a prophet as calling people to repentance to avoid the judgment of God. But that is not Micah’s message. The people are beyond repenting. All that awaits them is punishment and exile. They have become fully corrupt – but corrupt in a particular way. Micah is not calling them out so much for idolatry as he is for religion with no reality. Idolatry is the worship of other gods. ...[Read More]

Micah 2

Micah was a prophet from the Southern Kingdom of Judah and a contemporary of Isaiah and Hosea. He singles out Samaria and Jerusalem, the capital cities of the northern and southern kingdoms, and the unique centers of influence for their nations. These would be Washington, Los Angeles and New York today. He specifically targets the upper crust, the intelligentsia, and the cultural elite of these ci ...[Read More]

Hosea 11-12

1. Read Hosea 11:1-4 When Israel was a child, I loved him, And out of Egypt I called My son. I taught Ephraim to walk, Taking them by their arms; But they did not know that I healed them. I drew them with gentle cords, With bands of love, And I was to them as those who take the yoke from their neck. I stooped and fed them. It is difficult to come to grips with all the different images of God in Sc ...[Read More]

Hosea 3-7

We talked last week about the context of Hosea. What were his times? They were times of great prosperity for Israel. The kings had taken advantage of the temporary weakness of the nations around them not only to expand their economy but to increase their borders. It was a moment of peace – not through treaties or diplomacy but due to the absence of threats from natural enemies and those who ...[Read More]

Amos 8-9

1. “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “when I will send a famine through the land — not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord. People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.” A famine is a terrible thing and they were dreaded by the people. It was not ...[Read More]