A study on Micah Chapter 2
Here is the sermon if you missed it: God wouldn’t do that… Would He?
- To gather a bit of context, before taking a look through Micah 2, read through Leviticus 25: 8-34 and Exodus 20:1-17. As a group chat through those passages and clear up any queries group members might have;
- Read the first 11 verses if Micah and in the light of the Leviticus and Exodus passages, discuss:
- verses 1-2 who was Micah addressing – how could it apply to Ely in 2016?
- verses 3-5 God lays out what will happen, how come all the people are affected, even the few who have been faithful? What do group members feel about God’s response?
- verses 6-11 What was going on here? Why were the people responding that way? (cf. 2 Timothy 4:3);
- Read the last verses (12 – 13) These verses seem to be at odds with the other verses, but the do fit in both technically and theologically, can the group work out how? (don’t give too much time on this :)). Read through John chapter 10and consider what this prophecy is pointing to, both in the near future (to Micah’s time), and further on.
A Study based of this sermon: Are you wise?
Bible Reading Hosea 13 &14
- Looking at the first five verses of chapter 13: what had Ephraim been what had they become, what will they become and where is there an application for the Christian today?
- Discuss verse 6 and how we might take a warning from it.
- How does chapter 13 sit with Ezekiel 33:11? ~spend some time talking this through and discussing why a good understanding of how this fits together will help us in our own walk and in our evangelism.
- Take a good look at chapter 14. What is the main point, and where is the application for us today?
A study on Hosea 11 and 12, based on the sermon: Come Back!
- How much can you see of future fulfilled and yet to be fulfilled prophecy? why is it important for the modern church to have a right understanding of prophecy?
- Talk through chapter 11 verse 2; how could that happen? does it happen today?
- Discus how God’s relationship with His people is similar and dissimilar to a human parent-child relationship;
- How does God’s anger differ from human anger? Is human anger ever right? discuss;
- Discus chapter 12 verse 4; how had Bethel changed from Jacob’s time to Hosea’s
The Sermon was looking at Hosea 9:1 & 10:12
here it is in case you missed it – Make or Break!?
- take a few minutes to re-cap on Hosea. Why do you think it’s so repetitive?
- Read Chapter 9 verse 1 and also 2 Kings 15:19-20 which is the background – what was going on, who were the people trusting, why and what would be the result?
- Are there any parallels for the UK today?
- Read Chapter 10 verse 12 and take some time to discuss this verse in the context of individual lives, the life of our church and the life of our nation. How might we or might we not follow this command?
You’ll be helped in this study by taking time to pick up on the accompanying sermon Learn what this means!
- We took an overview of three chapters this week and reading the whole of the text before divining in to study might be a challenge. Instead after seeking the Lord in prayer, take the approach we took in the service and read through a section then ponder on and discuss:
- what was going on;
- what was the Lord saying to the original hearers and why;
- where is the application for us today.
- Read Matthew 9: 9-13 discuss verse 13 – why is it important for us to do what Jesus commands there?
You might want to take a look at our Introduction to the Minor Prophets and check out the sermon that accompanies this study: Hosea and the local tart.
Reading Hosea 1-2
- What do we know about Hosea (family, time of ministry, who was ministering at the same time, where was he etc.)?
- How do you think Hosea’s relationship with God was before his marriage, and when he was called to prophesy in the way he was what kind of thoughts and reactions might he have had?
- What does the way we live our lives show others about our relationship with God?
- Chapter 1: verse 7 – discuss the different attitudes of Israel and Judah (at least at that time)
- Chapter 1: verses 10 and 11 – what have we seen so far of this happening in our era?
- Chapter 2: verses 6 to 16 – God will often use our sin to bring us to the lowest point and back to him – why should Christians be wary of trying to ‘protect’ people in these situations?