Lesson 7: July 16, 2017
Jeremiah’s Call and Commission: Jeremiah 1: 4-10
Teaching Strategy: List things that we tend to think disqualify us or make us unlikely candidates to fulfill God’s purposes. Respond to each of these with promises from God in Scripture.
God appointed Jeremiah to be “a prophet to the nations,” (v.5b), but Jeremiah doubted his ability to fulfill this role, saying “Truly I do not know how to speak, for I am only a boy” (v.6a). God assured Jeremiah that God would be with him, and thus Jeremiah would be able to go to all to whom God sent him and to speak whatever God commanded him to speak. As the story of Jeremiah unfolds, it becomes clear that he was called to share a difficult message during difficult times to a people who did not want to hear or heed it.
There are at least two ways of connecting Jeremiah’s call to our contemporary context. First, what are the personal characteristics or situations that keep us from believing we are capable of fulfilling the purposes to which God calls us? What in our shared experiences of faith and in the promises of Scripture can help us overcome our reluctance?
Second, who are the prophets today – people called by God to speak God’s truth even when it is a difficult message in difficult times? Who is speaking to the church? What are the ways that the church is being challenged to be more faithful in its ministry and witness to Jesus the Christ? Who is speaking to the nation and the world? What are the ways that the church must challenge “principalities and powers” in order to care for all those whom God loves?
Consider these viewpoints…
- The Vacuum Christian Indifference Creates and The Curse of Indifference in the American Church
- Religious Leaders Fiercely Criticize Senate Health Care Bill
- Trump’s Budget Legislates Evil and Mistreats the Poor; Protecting Programs that Serve the Most Vulnerable Transcends Political Party
- World Council of Churches Declares Prayer Against Famine in Nigeria, Others
Summer 2017 Theme: God’s Urgent Call
Unifying Principle: Each of us has some aspect of our lives that might convince us that we have nothing to give others. How do we overcome these perceived shortcomings? Jeremiah’s response was based on God’s promise to be with Jeremiah as he carried out his calling.
.Posted on: July 10, 2017, by : Sharon Harris-Ewing