Jeremiah Online Bible Study | Week 1

By October 26, 2014Jeremiah
Jeremiah Online Bible Study

Jeremiah Online Bible StudyWelcome to online Bible study at the Womens Bible Cafe! We’re discussing week one from the book Jeremiah, Daring to Hope in an Unstable World by Melissa Spoelstra. This week we studied “Raising the White Flag” and our lessons included:

  • No Excuses
  • Surrender and Popularity
  • Confirmation
  • Defining Success
  • White Flag Anxiety

We live in a culture overflowing with excuses, and this worldview has impacted our obedience to the LORD. “Insecurity and fear of failure can keep us from trying new things,” explains Melissa Spoelstra. It’s a constant battle to override our natural inclination to make excuses and embrace “Christ in me” as we move towards a life that reflects Him. My prayer for you as you work through this study is to override that natural instinct and learn to trust God with your excuses and your fears. It’s REVIVAL time for you and for me!

When God calls me, I surrender in love. He doesn’t need to give me a sales pitch, weight the pros and cons, or find five friends to affirm the calling. Nope. He calls, I obey. An example of this is when I founded the Womens Bible Cafe, and asked the question “God, you’re NOT going to make me lead an online Bible study, are you?” I already knew the answer. Though I was unequipped for the task, and no online studies existed at the time, I moved forward in faith. Because I answered the call, God is able to reveal Himself through several online studies and ministries today. Like the message of Luke 9:23, we surrender daily and not when we feel equipped or worthy of the calling.

It’s important to know the difference between a human call and a spiritual call. An example is when a Christian school offered me a librarian job. My family would benefit with a tuition reduction, I’d be working in an area I love, and I’d serve God by teaching children. Yet when I prayed on this, His answer was clearly “no.” Had I walked through that open door, the ministry you are participating in today might not exist. God knew the days before me, and with blind faith I walked a path of His calling and not mine. As Melissa Spoelstra writes, “Just as God called John the Baptist to fast and Jesus to feast, He sometimes has us follow different directions for His purposes. We need to stay close to Him so that we can hear.” When you wrap yourself in busyness, online games and social media…your distractions will distort your ability to hear God. Use your time wisely.

Jeremiah asked questions and waited for an answer. His willing heart was open to direction. Is your heart willing to listen too?

Being faithful and close to God does not automatically mean your life is without trouble. “Even the most faithful can feel anxiety and depression and struggle to believe God through rough circumstances,” says Melissa Spoelstra. If you are struggling in your current season of your life, we encourage you to connect with Family Life eMentoring at http://www.familylife.com/ementoring

Like Jeremiah, we too are God’s messengers. Take time to pray and ask yourself “What message am I spreading?”

Sample Video For Week 1

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:

  • Basic Study: Complete week 2 in the study guide, about 20-30 minutes each day.
  • Deeper Study: Read Jeremiah chapters 7 to 14 in a Bible translation of your choice.
  • Digging Deeper resources are available at: http://www.abingdonpress.com/jeremiah
  • Optional: Watch session 2 video (optional due to cost).
  • Memory Verse: Idols are worthless; they are ridiculous lies! On the day of reckoning they will all be destroyed. But the God of Israel is no idol! He is the Creator of everything that exists, including Israel, his own special possession. The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name! Jeremiah 10:15-16 NLT

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment here)

  1. What are some excuses you’ve made when God has called you? (page 13) If you are unsure of your calling, please post a prayer request now and we will pray together as a group, asking God to bring clarity into your heart. May He reveal your anointing and teach you how to bring glory to His great name.
  2. Share a time when God gave you instructions. Did you act immediately, wait, or ignore Him?  If you initially resisted, what did you experience once you obeyed Him? (page 22)
  3. On page 25, Melissa Spoelstra mentions four ways that God brings confirmation into her life: a confirming word in a sermon, through a friend, in her daily Bible readings, or through circumstances. Which of these areas do you need to develop, and which one do you depend on most for confirmation?
  4. How are you defining success in your life? Complete this sentence from page 28 in the study guide: If I could just ___________ then I would be happy with my life.
  5. Where are you being dragged down instead of being a spokeswoman with God’s message? Where does God need to shine His light of nonconformity on your life? (page 33)

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Author Christine Abraham

Founder and Ministry Director of the Womens Bible Cafe™ since 2009, Christine has led 60+ online Bible Studies for women. She completed a Graduate of Biblical Studies from Liberty University. She's an inspired writer, Amazon Top Reviewer and Blogger at LifeVerse Books.com Follow on Facebook

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Join the discussion 9 Comments

  • Lian says:

    Heavenly Father, forgive me for giving such reasons or for waiting for conditions, before I act or follow You. I knew what I needed to do, what You were asking, but I chose to believe and behave that it was not the time yet. I have believed that I can only obey everything that You were asking from me with my whens, with my conditions. I told myself, I can give my time, treasure and talent fully to be of Your service when You finally give me the one thing I am asking for. I am asking You a job that will give me more time to spend with the ministry, a job that will give more time to share my talents for the ministry, a job that will make me give you more than the 10 percent you were asking. I was wrong, sorry. Help me, oh Lord to obey You immediately once Your message became clear. Help me to use the little I got for your honor and glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen

  • Lisa says:

    I am seeking direction and clarity for my life. I work full time, am a doctorate student and am a divorced single mommy of two incredible kids. I like what i do …i don’t love it. I know i’m purposed for more. Thats why i’m going to school…but it feels like im afraid to step out and do more….Praying for direction.
    SO glad i found this site

  • Enjoying study so far.

  • Peggy Johnson says:

    Please pray with be asking what God wants me to do for His Glory and ministry. Thank YOU

  • Brittney Thomas says:

    I would love prayer regarding clarity for what it is I am called to do! Thank you.

  • Cheryl says:

    Yesterday morning I joined a group. I thought we were working on week 1. Am I wrong?

    • WBC says:

      Sunday was last day of week1, which is introduction week. Any groups you visit Monday (10/27) thru Sun (11/2) will be going over week 1 in the book. Looking forward to you joining us!

  • God’s calling began years ago. I wanted to study medicine, but too many negative things happened so I switched to teaching, but not because I had planned to do so. It was the only option open for me at the time. Now, almost 30 years later, I am wondering, God, what’s next? I generally look for God’s answer through his word, by words from another messenger He sends my way or in prayer, but now that this road is coming to a yield, I yearn to see what’s coming around the corner. Success in my life has been accepting what comes my way knowing that God has a purpose for everything that comes, either for me or someone who will be affected through or by me for God. It has not been easy. If you had asked me if I had thought my life would be the way it has been, I would have denied it thrice- like Peter. I am being dragged down by the very business that keeps my family afloat- teaching. It takes all of my time because I work after work and on weekends and during vacation…. I have come online seeking guidance because of many of the human trappings (doctrines) of many churches…. I want to serve God, preach God’s word and help others. I thought, for awhile, that the Lord has allowed my expertise with the computer to spread His word through interactive video clips uploaded to the internet to read many of the millions addicted to online anything allthetime. But it takes time and my time seems harder to muster….This is when I feel like Jeremiah carrying the wooden yoke. Burdened with the necessities of survival in today’s world-limiting the time I can use to communicate God’s messages to others. I often ask myself if I am on the right track…if I am still doing what God wants me to do and how He wants me to do it…

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