Make No
Excuses
Rhema Bible Study
Life Lesson 3-1
Jeremiah 1:4-14, 17-19
Lesson Purpose
• To understand what do I believe
about my faith?
• To answer how do I know the will of
God?

2
Lesson Impact
• This lesson can help you give
up your excuses for not serving
God and respond obediently to
His call.
Introduction
Make No Excuses
1. Are we willing to be used by
God?
1. How can we fulfill the purpose
for which He made us?
Make No Excuses
Lesson Titles
1. God Calls
2. God Equips
3. God Affirms
Topic 1

God Calls
Jeremiah 1:4-8
Topic 1

God Calls

Lesson Scripture: Jeremiah
1:4-8
•Scripture background
• 641  - Josiah becomes king
• 628  - Jeremiah called by the LORD
• 626  - Nabopolassar rises to power in
Babylon
• 612  -...
• 608  - Necho takes Jehoahaz captive to Egypt
and places Jehoiakim on the throne in his
place
• 605  - Nebuchadnezzar def...
• 602  - Jehoiakim rebels against
Nebuchadnezzar
• 598  - Babylonians capture Jerusalem /
Jehoiakim dies
•        - More J...
• 579 - Zedekiah placed on the throne
• 587  - Zedekiah rebels against
Nebuchadnezzar
• 586  - Judah’s rebellion is crushe...
Topic 1

God Calls

Lesson Scripture: Jeremiah
1:4-8
•Scripture background
•What does it say?
Jeremiah 1:4-6
4 Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 5
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and befo...
Jeremiah 1:7-8
7 But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child:for
thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and wha...
Topic 1

God Calls
1. What was the Lord calling
Jeremiah to do?
2. Why did Jeremiah feel
inadequate for the job the Lord
a...
Topic 1

God Calls
4. Does God always deliver us
from dangerous situations?  
5. What were Jeremiah’s
qualifications for h...
Topic 1

God Calls
7. What reasons might we give
today to explain why we’re not
the right person for the job?  
8. How has...
Topic 1

Discussion
Topic 1

Discussion
• Summary of Jeremiah
• Chapter 1: Jeremiah’s reluctant call
• 1:2-45: Jeremiah’s life and prophetic
m...
Topic 1

Application
Topic 1

Application
• God calls people to serve Him based on
His ability, not ours.
• He equips and empowers for the task...
Topic 1

Application
• What excuses or objections are you
currently using to avoid God’s call?
• How will you overcome tho...
Topic 1

Application
•  Have you been reluctant to accept the
service or leadership of fellow believers
because they were ...
Biblical Truths of This Lesson
• God’s plans for us were made in
eternity past, long before we were
born.
• We have no val...
Biblical Truths of This Lesson

• God will accomplish His will through
His Word, but our task is to remain
faithful in pro...
QUESTIONS?
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Most believers recognize the importance of serving God, but may turn down opportunities because they don’t feel qualified or prepared. This Bible Study lesson will help us recognize and deal with our excuses and objections when God calls us to serve Him.

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  • Teaching Plan: Icebreaker and Introduction
    Icebreaker
  • Icebreaker
    Invite learners to discuss in groups of three to six:
    What are some excuses we might come up with to explain why we’re late for work or church?
    To explain why we were driving over the speed limit?
    Which of these excuses are legitimate reasons?
    What are some common excuses people give for not serving at church?
  • In this study Unit, as we consider events in the life of Jeremiah the prophet, certain questions arise, such as these:
    Are we willing to be used by God?
    How can we fulfill the purpose for which He made us?
    As we study this lesson, we will see a call to service as an opportunity to honor God and not as a burden.
  • Explain
    In verse 6, Jeremiah tried to turn down God’s call, offering the excuse, “I don’t know how to speak.”
    Moses had given a similar excuse (Ex. 4:10).
    But there is a bit of difference. Moses was saying he was not a good speaker. The grammar of Jeremiah’s statement, as with Genesis 24:50, can be taken to mean, “I don’t have anything I can say.”
    God assured Jeremiah that He would supply the words of the message.
  • What was the Lord calling Jeremiah to do? What words in verse 5 show that God specifically selected Jeremiah for this task?
    Why did Jeremiah feel inadequate for the job the Lord appointed for him? Were his concerns legitimate? Explain.
    How did God respond to Jeremiah’s objections? What commands did He give Jeremiah? What did the Lord promise the young prophet?
  • Does God always deliver us from dangerous situations?
    How does the promise in this passage apply to believers today?
    What were Jeremiah’s qualifications for his new role as a prophet of God?
    What does it mean to you that God does not choose us for service based solely on our past performance? How does that address our feelings of inadequacy?
    How can we recognize God’s call to service today?
    Can it be God’s call if we simply observe a need and respond?
    Is it always God’s call if someone asks us to fill a spot on a team or committee at church? Explain.
  • What reasons might we give today to explain why we’re not the right person for the job?
    When are these reasons just excuses?
    When are they legitimate?
     
    How has God equipped you to complete a task He gave you, whether large or small?
    What obstacles did He help you overcome?
  • Read Commentary page 2
  • Apply
    God calls people to serve Him based on His ability, not ours. When God calls, He equips and empowers for the task. We should lay aside our fears and feelings of inadequacy and respond with confidence to God’s call because we know we are never alone.
      
  • What excuses or objections are you currently using to avoid God’s call? How will you overcome those excuses and fulfill the role God has planned for you?
     
    Have you been reluctant to accept the service or leadership of fellow believers because they were young and unproven? What will it look like if you trust God’s choice?
  •  Have you been reluctant to accept the service or leadership of fellow believers because they were young and unproven? What will it look like if you trust God’s choice?
  • Biblical Truths of This Lesson in Focus
    • God’s plans for us were made in eternity past, long before we were born.
    • We have no valid reasons for refusing to obey what God calls us to do.
    • When God calls us to do something, He will equip us for the task.
    • God will accomplish His will through His Word, but our task is to remain faithful in proclaiming it.
  • Biblical Truths of This Lesson in Focus
    • God’s plans for us were made in eternity past, long before we were born.
    • We have no valid reasons for refusing to obey what God calls us to do.
    • When God calls us to do something, He will equip us for the task.
    • God will accomplish His will through His Word, but our task is to remain faithful in proclaiming it.
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  • Lesson 3-1: Make No Excuses

    1. 1. Make No Excuses Rhema Bible Study Life Lesson 3-1 Jeremiah 1:4-14, 17-19
    2. 2. Lesson Purpose • To understand what do I believe about my faith? • To answer how do I know the will of God? 2
    3. 3. Lesson Impact • This lesson can help you give up your excuses for not serving God and respond obediently to His call.
    4. 4. Introduction Make No Excuses 1. Are we willing to be used by God? 1. How can we fulfill the purpose for which He made us?
    5. 5. Make No Excuses Lesson Titles 1. God Calls 2. God Equips 3. God Affirms
    6. 6. Topic 1 God Calls Jeremiah 1:4-8
    7. 7. Topic 1 God Calls Lesson Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-8 •Scripture background
    8. 8. • 641  - Josiah becomes king • 628  - Jeremiah called by the LORD • 626  - Nabopolassar rises to power in Babylon • 612  - Nineveh destroyed by the Babylonians and Medes • 609  - Josiah killed by the Egyptian forces of Necho at Megiddo - Jehoahaz made king by the people of Judah
    9. 9. • 608  - Necho takes Jehoahaz captive to Egypt and places Jehoiakim on the throne in his place • 605  - Nebuchadnezzar defeats Necho at Carchemish •        - Jehoiakim becomes a vassal of Nebuchadnezzar      •        - First deportation of captives from Judah (Daniel taken)
    10. 10. • 602  - Jehoiakim rebels against Nebuchadnezzar • 598  - Babylonians capture Jerusalem / Jehoiakim dies •        - More Jewish people deported to Babylon • 597  - Jehoiachin is made king, and reigns only three months when he is deported to Babylon with 10,000 other
    11. 11. • 579 - Zedekiah placed on the throne • 587  - Zedekiah rebels against Nebuchadnezzar • 586  - Judah’s rebellion is crushed, Jerusalem is destroyed •        - Zedekiah is deported to Babylon                    •        - Gedaliah appointed governor over Judah - then is killed •        - Many of the Jews flee to Egypt (Jeremiah with them)
    12. 12. Topic 1 God Calls Lesson Scripture: Jeremiah 1:4-8 •Scripture background •What does it say?
    13. 13. Jeremiah 1:4-6 4 Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. 6 Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak:for I am a child
    14. 14. Jeremiah 1:7-8 7 But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child:for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 8 Be not afraid of their faces:for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the Lord
    15. 15. Topic 1 God Calls 1. What was the Lord calling Jeremiah to do? 2. Why did Jeremiah feel inadequate for the job the Lord appointed for him? 3. How did God respond to Jeremiah’s objections?
    16. 16. Topic 1 God Calls 4. Does God always deliver us from dangerous situations?   5. What were Jeremiah’s qualifications for his new role as a prophet of God?   6. How can we recognize God’s call to service today?
    17. 17. Topic 1 God Calls 7. What reasons might we give today to explain why we’re not the right person for the job?   8. How has God equipped you to complete a task He gave you, whether large or small?
    18. 18. Topic 1 Discussion
    19. 19. Topic 1 Discussion • Summary of Jeremiah • Chapter 1: Jeremiah’s reluctant call • 1:2-45: Jeremiah’s life and prophetic messages to his own people during the reigns of Judah’s last 5 kings • 2:46-51: Jeremiah’s prophecies against other nations • The fall of Jerusalem and the Temple to Babylon
    20. 20. Topic 1 Application
    21. 21. Topic 1 Application • God calls people to serve Him based on His ability, not ours. • He equips and empowers for the task. • We should lay aside our fears and feelings of inadequacy and respond with confidence to God’s call because we know we are never alone.
    22. 22. Topic 1 Application • What excuses or objections are you currently using to avoid God’s call? • How will you overcome those excuses and fulfill the role God has planned for you?
    23. 23. Topic 1 Application •  Have you been reluctant to accept the service or leadership of fellow believers because they were young and unproven? • What will it look like if you trust God’s choice?
    24. 24. Biblical Truths of This Lesson • God’s plans for us were made in eternity past, long before we were born. • We have no valid reasons for refusing to obey what God calls us to do. • When God calls us to do something, He will equip us for the task.
    25. 25. Biblical Truths of This Lesson • God will accomplish His will through His Word, but our task is to remain faithful in proclaiming it.
    26. 26. QUESTIONS?

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