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Renewed Joy, Love and Loyalty
“Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you” (Zechariah 1:3). God’s word to His people then is still His word to His people now. Like the Israelites, WE have departed from the Lord. In this series, we journey through all 12 of the Minor Prophets, exploring how God invites His people to repent of their sins and return to Him with renewed joy, renewed love and renewed loyalty.
June 2: The Minor Prophets Introduction
Old Testament Reading: Joel 2:12-17
Throughout the Minor Prophets, the voice of the Lord descends like the roar of a Lion. His righteous word of rebuke and judgment comes to shake us and revive us. As a loving Father disciplines his children, so our Heavenly Father disciplines us. But what is the true message of the Father? It’s not, do better, work harder, get your act together. The word of the Gospel is that the Lord desires a relationship. The Lord simply says, “Return to me.”
June 9: Joel (Pentecost)
Old Testament Reading: Joel 2:18-32
The day of the Lord comes with both judgment and hope. God’s people should repent and look forward to the day when God’s Spirit will be poured out on all flesh.
June 16: Hosea
Old Testament Reading: Hosea 3: 1-5
God’s people are like an unfaithful bride; yet even their adultery cannot exhaust God’s redeeming love.
June 23: Amos
Old Testament Reading: Amos 2: 4-16
God’s people have become complacent, oppressing the poor and worshiping false gods. As a result, God’s judgment is coming. Amos calls the people to turn from their hypocrisy and pursue justice and righteousness.
June 30: Obadiah (Patriotic Sunday)
Old Testament Reading: Verses 1-21
Edom will experience God’s retributive judgment because of their alliance with Babylon. God’s people will be restored because of His covenant love and faithfulness.
July 7: Jonah
Old Testament Reading: Jonah 4: 1-11
The Lord is a God of boundless compassion, not just for us (i.e. Jonah and the Israelites), but also for them (i.e. the pagan sailors and Ninevites).
July 14: Micah
Old Testament Reading: Micah 6:6-8
God speaks words of warning and hope to His people. Though He scatters His people for their sins, He is also the Shepherd-King who in covenant faithfulness gathers, protects and forgives His people.
July 21: Nahum
Old Testament Reading: Nahum 1: 1-15
God is sovereign over the nations, and in His sovereignty, He will bring judgment against mighty Assyria.
July 28: Habakkuk
Old Testament Reading: Habakkuk 1: 1-11
God will use Babylon as an instrument of His judgment against Israel – but how is this fair, since Babylon is a wicked and godless people? Though God’s ways are sometimes mysterious, they are always good, and the righteous will live by faith in God’s character and promises.
August 4: Zephaniah
Old Testament Reading: Zephaniah 3: 14-20
The day of the Lord approaches with two faces: one of judgment against sin and one of blessing for those who seek God.
August 11: Haggai
Old Testament Reading: Haggai 1: 1-11
God’s people should rebuild God’s house – the temple – so that they can enjoy God’s presence.
August 18: Zechariah
Old Testament Reading: Zechariah 9: 9-17
God’s people should repent and renew their covenant with God. After exile, God is renewing His commitment to restore Judah as His treasured people.
August 25: Malachi
Old Testament Reading: Malachi 3: 6-12
God’s people were apathetic, compromising the demands of proper worship. Malachi calls them to renewed covenant fidelity.