- A Branch of Righteousness. What beautiful promise does the Lord share with Jeremiah to give him a sense of stability and strength as he enters the final phases of his ministry? Is this the only prophecy in the Old Testament of the coming of a Savior to this earth? See the next-to-last paragraph on the first page of this week’s lesson for the abundance of principles that were essential in Jeremiah’s ministry and remain vital to God’s people throughout the final stages of world history.
- The Past Three Months. Share with your class some of the lessons you have learned this quarter and, even more important, what you have learned about Jeremiah. Did you enjoy spending twelve weeks reviewing the tough circumstances this man endured? No family is mentioned. How could Jeremiah take all the criticism and carry the burdens the Lord placed on his shoulders without complaint? Were you surprised by anything presented in this lesson about Jeremiah? Does Jeremiah have a message—or more than one—for you and your brothers and sisters in Christ?
- Jeremiah’s Lord. What does your lesson guide state is the issue that stands dead center of the great controversy? What is God like from your perspective? Most churches place little emphasis on Jeremiah and other Old Testament prophets. Why is that? What special glimpses into what God is like does Jeremiah present for our consideration and spiritual growth? With all of His mighty power and creative abilities, God manages to show His love to us no matter what.
- Rituals and Sin. Have you ever heard a Christian of another faith scoff at the Old Testament, saying it does nothing to reveal the nature of God? What evidence in Jeremiah’s life could you use to show the opposite of that conclusion? Somehow God’s people in Jeremiah’s day had the idea that as long as they “came back” to God they could do anything they wanted to in their lives. Do we ever hear that excuse? Doesn’t God forgive everything? Then why worry about doing what we feel like doing without giving a thought to the consequences? Why indeed?
- Religion of the Heart. Ah, if we could just embrace it here! God’s love dwelling in our spiritual hearts. Was Jeremiah more concerned about the Jewish nation or about individuals within that nation? What about God? Aren’t you glad you belong to a church that has the truth? (Why do we sometimes say such a thing?) Your church doesn’t save you, does it? Does your pastor open the door to your salvation? How does God respond to us as individuals when we heard Him calling and respond?
- Idol worship. Is it possible to worship idols and never bow down to a creation of precious metal and art? What kind of idols are especially attractive to us in this fast-paced age of electronic communication? Have you heard of students dropping out of high school or college because they were so absorbed in digital activities that they were mesmerized by them? Teachers call it computer addiction, and it can wipe out the most talented of our students. Are the rest of us free from being absorbed by idols just as capable of taking us from love to God above all?
- The Remnant. Aren’t we delighted sometimes by the fact that our church membership is approaching 20 million? If Jesus was willing to die if there was only one sinner who accepted Him, would He be just as willing to save us if there are only a few of us who are ready? On the other hand, His love is so great how far can He reach out to bring us to redemption? How deep can He reach into our hearts to sanctify us and make us wholly His, holy to Him?