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The Weeping Prophet: A Study of Jeremiah - Purple and blue background with raindrops on glass, The Weeping Prophet: A Study of Jeremiah - Purple and blue background with raindrops on glass,

The Weeping Prophet Discussion Starters

  • April 2022 Issue
Discussion Starters

We hope these questions will help you consider (or discuss with others) what God is teaching you through this month’s study of His Word.

  1. How does Scripture define "hypocrisy" (see April 5)? What is a cure for it?
  2. Have you seen idolatry in the world today? Can you give an example? As a hint, idolatry is when we put something ahead of God (see April 6).
  3. Which forms of idolatry tempt you the most and how might you best resist them?
  4. Why do the wicked prosper (see April 7)? We also call this the "problem of evil." How would you answer someone who asked you this question as an objection to Christianity?
  5. The book of Jeremiah uses object lessons like the potter and the clay to teach important truths (see April 11). What object lessons can you use to teach someone about sin or salvation?
  6. How can we tell the difference between Zedekiah's bold but false faith (see April 13) and strong, genuine faith?
  7. Jeremiah 29:11 is often quoted out of context (“plans for a future and a hope”). What do people not understand about this verse?
  8. Why do you think we are slow to learn about spiritual things (see April 24–25)?
  9. Why did God give Jeremiah prophecies about other nations (see April 26–29)? Why are these prophecies included in the Bible?
  10. What have you learned about "justice" in the book of Jeremiah? How does it differ from our cultural understandings of this value?
  11. You probably noticed that Jeremiah spoke to God in a very frank and honest manner. How might you apply his way of doing this in your own prayer life?
  12. Based on this month's study, how would you describe the ministry of an Old Testament prophet?