Rendered to Re-Establish Purity
Welcome to Rendered & Restored! These teaching sessions are taught LIVE in Laura's home church. This first lesson draws a beautiful, interactive parallel of the need for a temple cleansing through the account of King Hezekiah. For this lesson you will need a small black piece (s) of paper either for yourself or the ladies in your Bible study. Then you will also need a paper bag or trashcan handy! Make sure you watch this introduction video before beginning the accompanying homework. You will find the fill-in notes for this session on pages 8-9 in the Rendered & Restored Bible study workbook.
LESSON ONE (PART 1):
PROPOSAL, PUNISHMENT, & PROMISES
This video teaching is separated into three parts due to the nature of the LIVE teaching. (*Not all teachings will be separated into parts.) Each teaching is no more than 30 minutes and are to be watched all together before moving onto Lesson Two. In this teaching session, Laura gives an overview of the first three chapters of Hosea and the narrative aspect of what the Lord called Hosea to do. Ultimately, we will see God's promises triumph over all! Accompanying teaching notes found in the workbook on page 21.
MY ISHI & MY LORD
In this session, Laura teaches on a New Testament account where the individual relationship that Jesus sought to have with those He loved can give us a better understand of what the Lord meant in Hosea when He said that one day Israel would call Him, "My Husband." This session will challenge us to pursue relationship rather than religion. Accompanying notes found on page 33 of workbook.
Drawing from examples of both the Old and New Testament, Laura teaches the dangers of pious religion and morality. Law obeyed under the motivation of religion lead the Israelites to the sin of pride and self-righteousness. Our desire is to obey God's Law under the motivation of our relationship with Christ and the love He has for us!
PURITY IN ABSTINENCE
Israel had been accused by the Lord for their behavior in excess, areas where they were severely lacking self control. There are many grey areas in life where we as Christians must use discernment in the choices we make. Laura helps to give more clarity to these issues according to Scripture. Accompanying lessons found on page 62 of the workbook.
AN INSULTING PRIDE
In this teaching session, Laura highlights the specific ways pride had manifested itself in the hearts and actions of the Israelites. Despite the Lord's plead for humility, they continued in these prideful ways. As we allow the Holy Spirit to place the looking glass over our lives, we are drawn to examine how pride may be disguising itself in our hearts and actions. Accompanying notes found on page 77 in the workbook.
A MEMORIAL OFFERING
The offerings brought to the Lord by the people of Israel in Hosea's time were detestable to Him. God desired mercy, not sacrifice. He desired motives to be right and integrity to be genuine among His people. In this lesson, Laura takes us to an account in the New Testament where a man named Cornelius offers a sacrifice that undoubtedly pleased the Lord. His offerings can help us to understand the way the Lord remembers what we do for Him with pure intentions.
It would be wonderful to think that idol worship was merely a thing of the past! Certainly, in the days of Hosea, idols were very real and tangible in ways that we, as Christians, do not utilize them today. We know that God hates idol worship and is very clear in His Word about it! But in this lesson, Laura shows us how we sadly can fall prey to idol worship in other forms, not merely bending the knee to a clay mold of a false god.
A THREE-FOLD PROPHECY
Hosea 10:8 presents for us a three-fold prophecy in Scripture. Laura shows us in this lesson where we see the additional references from Jesus and in Revelation. Sadly, the response of Israel to God's judgment sets the tone for humanity's future response to it as well. Yet, for those who are in Christ, we have nothing to fear!
Despite the heartache stemming from His rebellious children, the Lord reveals a deep compassion for Israel. In this lesson on Hosea chapter 11, Laura teaches on the tenderness and unrelenting love of the heart of the Father. The kind of love that compels us to love Him with everything we are and in everything we do!
We, similar to the Israelites, often suffer from spiritual amnesia. It's easy to forget God's goodness and faithfulness, especially when things are tough! And it's also hard not to develop spiritual apathy when things are going good. It's in those times that our dependence on the Lord often wanes. God knows our tendencies and frailties in these areas, therefore He helps us to remember by reiterating His truths in Scripture. In this lesson, Laura will unfold these hard truths given to the Israelites, but also the remedy to their frequent forgetfulness...ours too!
RENDERED & RESTORED
As we close our study, Laura asks key questions and highlights the overall objectives of our study. In light of such wonderful and often convicting truth, how are we to respond to the prophetic word of Hosea? And have we come to understand truly how great a sacrifice our Lord made for us through Jesus Christ, allowing us to enter into His presence and experience His mercy for all eternity!