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 When we read Jeremiah and the other prophets, it is important to remember they spoke the Lord’s words. These were often words of destruction, a necessary consequence of the people’s unrepentant rejection of the Lord and His ways. But when the Lord destroys, He does so to restore and rebuild.
Prophets in the Old Testament era were the spokesmen for Yahweh, the God of Israel, the one true God of the universe. They did not rely on their own knowledge or opinions or insights when they approached their nation’s kings and people with messages of rebuke for sins or courses of action to set the nation straight. Their messages came directly from Yahweh Himself.
We see this point emphasized time and again in the Old Testament records about the prophets 1 Sam. 3:11 1 Kings 17:1-2 Isa. 7:3 First verses of - Ezek. - Hos. - Joel - Jonah - Mic. - Zeph. - Hag. - Zech. - Mal.
What did God do to equip Jeremiah for his job? How did the Lord address the concern Jeremiah had raised in verse 6? Why was the Lord ready to uproot and tear down Judah and the surrounding nations? How do you think the people responded to Jeremiah’s message? How do people today receive messages of divine wrath and judgment? In what ways would Jeremiah’s message convey both judgment and hope?
How is the gospel of Jesus is a message of both judgment and hope? How does the Lord equip us today to communicate His message? What are some ways God equips people for service besides providing words to speak?
What happens if a congregation would rather have a preacher who brings a pleasing message than one who speaks the words of the Lord?
What does it take to be a bold witness in a culture that has lost respect for God? What might we be called to uproot and tear down today? What might we be called to build and plant?
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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?
Life Lesson 3-B: Make No Excuses- God Equips
Rhema Bible Study
Life Lesson 3-1
Jeremiah 1:4-14, 17-19
• To understand what do I believe
about my faith?
• To answer how do I know the will of
• This lesson can help you give
up your excuses for not serving
God and respond obediently to
Make No Excuses
1. Are we willing to be used by
1. How can we fulfill the purpose
for which He made us?
Make No Excuses
1. God Equips
2. God Equips
3. God Affirms
Lesson Scripture: Jeremiah
9 Then the Lord put forth his hand, and
touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto
me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth
10 See, I have this day set thee over the
nations and over the kingdoms, to root out,
and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw
down, to build, and to plant
Lesson Scripture: Jeremiah
•What does it say?
• 1 Sam. 3:11
• 1 Kings 17:1-2
• Isa. 7:3
• first verses of Ezek.; Hos.; Joel; Jonah;
Mic.; Zeph.; Hag.; Zech.; Mal.).
1 Samuel 3:11
11 And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will
do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of
every one that heareth it shall tingle
1 Kings 17:1-2
1 And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of
Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth,
before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain
these years, but according to my word. 2 And the word
of the Lord came unto him, saying
3 Then said the Lord unto Isaiah, Go forth now
to meet Ahaz, thou, and Shearjashub thy son,
at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in
the highway of the fuller's field
1. What did God do to equip
Jeremiah for his job?
2. Why was the Lord ready to uproot
and tear down Judah and the
3. In what ways would Jeremiah’s
message convey both judgment
4. How is the gospel of Jesus is a
message of both judgment and
5. How does the Lord equip us
today to communicate His
6. What happens if a
congregation would rather have
a preacher who brings a
pleasing message than one
who speaks the words of the
7. What does it take to be a bold
witness in a culture that has lost
respect for God?
8. What might we be called to
uproot and tear down today?
• 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
• The fall of Jerusalem and the Temple to