A brief overview for Sunday School teachers & Bible study leaders, of Lifeway’s “Explore the Bible” lesson of Jeremiah 1:4-19, for Sunday, June 4, 2023, with the title, “Prepares.”
A video version of this overview is available on YouTube at:
INTRO: When I was first in college at Oklahoma Baptist University years ago, I was a political science major, looking to go into law or politics. But I love to sing, and I had been on a mission trip, so I felt like God might be calling me to music ministry. It was winter, and we had a heavy snow and everything was closed, and I was basically snowbound at school for a week. I had just recently begun having a daily time in God’s word & prayer, and was enjoying it, so I basically spent that whole week, snowed in, reading my Bible. I thought, “Maybe the Lord will show me whether I should continue studying law, or go into music?” One of the places I read that week was the Book of Jeremiah, 1:4 says “Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” And the Lord showed me outlines of messages to share, from what I had been reading. So that by the end of the snowbound week, I knew I wasn’t going into law OR music ministry, but that the Lord had called me to preach.
So Jeremiah 1 is a special chapter to me. God used it to call me to ministry. If you want to share that story, you are free to.
OR you might share how God called YOU to a special place of service — and ask others in your group to share their experiences of being called to serve Him as well.
Then I’d say: Today we are going to look at the call God gave Jeremiah to serve Him in Jeremiah Chapter 1.Continue reading