13: Lessons from Jeremiah – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

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 … [Click to read more …]

Back to Egypt, – Discussion questions
Joyce Griffith

Memory text: “May the Lord be a true and faithful witness against us if we do not act in accordance with everything the Lord your God sends to tell us.” Jeremiah 42:25 NIV A sad, sad conclusion to a heroic prophet’s life and witness. Day after day he prayed for guidance, and day after day … [Click to read more …]

11 The Covenant – Thoughts for Discussion
Joyce Griffith

The Covenants. Were you just a bit surprised to see the introductory comment in our lesson guide stating that there is only one covenant? Have you struggled in school to learn the difference between the 1st and 2nd covenants? The old and the new? Have you ever been confused about the New Covenant occurring in … [Click to read more …]

7 The Crisis Continues – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

More challenges. Poor Jeremiah. Since Jeremiah was a godly man, we‘re sure he wasn’t being punished. But he suffered as if he were a lawbreaker or a rebel. Why do trials keep falling on the prophet of God? Do you and I ever get in trouble without doing anything wrong? How do you feel when … [Click to read more …]

Symbolic Acts – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Symbols in Scripture. Are you ever amazed by how many symbols we see in Scripture? Isn’t there also a good share of realism in Scripture? Have you ever heard the plaintive plea from a class member, “Is this symbolic or real?” especially while studying final events through the prism of Biblical prophecy? And have you … [Click to read more …]

More Woes For the Prophet – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Lesson on Woes For the Prophet 1.       Mad at God.  Have you ever been angry about the way people are treating you? Ever been mad at God? What was Jeremiah’s complaint about God? Was it justified? Why can’t God’s followers be treated with the justice and civility they deserve? Have you ever known someone who … [Click to read more …]

The Last Five Kings of Judah – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Josiah discovers the law.

Lesson on The Last Five Kings of Judah 1.       Judah’s last 5 kings. What a disgrace. God’s people. God’s vision for them. Did the people of Judah reveal what they thought of God their ruler? Did God share what He thought of His wayward children? Why didn’t these kings show any sign of angst for … [Click to read more …]

The Crisis (Within and Without) – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Current Lesson The crisis. How long can a crisis last? Consider the crisis in the Garden of Eden when our destinies were set in turmoil for thousands of years to come. In this quarter’s lessons, we look at the plight of human beings who deal with constant crisis. Were crises faced during Jeremiah’s service caused … [Click to read more …]

Must THE Whole World Hear? – Discussion starters
Joyce Griffith

Link to Current Lesson Welcome Gentiles and everybody else. What is Paul’s plea to fellow believers as he considers the Gentiles and their relationship to Jesus Christ? Do you accept the statement that millions have died without hearing the story of redemption or knowing anything about the plan of salvation? How can these people obtain … [Click to read more …]

Paul: Mission and Message – Discussion Starters
Joyce Griffith

Current Lesson An apology or a promise? Paul sent a message to the early church with an assurance and a promise (Phil 3:13-14.) What were they? Imagine it happening today. What would Paul do with a laptop computer and email? Not to mention our church’s many other communications channels. How far would you be willing … [Click to read more …]