The authors of Major Truths from the Minor Prophets share insights into the powerful messages God spoke through the Minor Prophets in 12 easy-to-use chapters filled with questions and commentary.
- Generally, churches and Christian literature give less attention to the Minor Prophets than they do to some other parts of the Bible. In this study, did you discover anything about any of the prophets or their lives that surprised you? Do you view any of them differently now? Explain.
- With which prophet do you most identify? Are you waiting for a prodigal as Hosea did? Trying to bring peace as Obadiah did? Overcoming fear as Joel did? Complaining as Jonah did? (Aren’t we all at times?) What is your story? Is there anything in that prophet’s story you can glean for what you’re facing in your own life right now?
- In the first study on Hosea, the author asks, “What would you say to a woman committing spiritual adultery to help her see her choices from God’s perspective?” What exactly is spiritual adultery? What are its parallels to or differences from marital adultery?
- In references throughout Scripture, not just these in the Minor Prophets, Israel turns to idols for comfort and answers, but finds only heartache. Yet idols were something the Israelites had to keep turning away from, often learning the hard way that they were of no help. Today, we turn to astrology, shopping, drinking, eating . . . any host of things instead of God. What are some things that you are tempted to try to draw comfort and answers from other than Christ? Has it offered any real answers for you? How we tear down our own idols?
- The author notes that the final book, Malachi, was following by “400 years of scriptural silence.” What was the spiritual condition of the people of Israel when John the Baptist came on the scene? Can you think of some reasons there may have been so many centuries of scriptural silence?
- That God will expose your idols to you, and that you will turn only to Him for real comfort and answers.
- That God will increase your desire to bring His message of redemption and restoration to the people of your nation and all nations.
- That God will enable you, by His grace, to overcome your fears and use your talents and gifts boldly, to your utmost, for His kingdom.
- Pick three of your favorite verses from these lesser-known prophetic books and commit them to memory.
- In the study on Joel, the author writes, “Consider today how problems would diminish–or even disappear–if every Christian took up the challenge to make a difference.” Be honest about what talents or spiritual gifts God has given you. Are you stewarding them as well as you can? Brainstorm a new way you can use one of your talents to bless someone, and find a way to implement it with a partner or partners from your group this week.
- The prophets were called to deliver truth, which was often bad news, to people who needed to hear it. In the midst of unstable times, we also need to be ready to deliver truth in love to questions about difficult issues such as pornography, violence, and so on. With a partner or partners from your group, practice doing so graciously, being ready to deliver truth with hope (1 Peter 3:15).