At Talbot Chapel, "church starts in Sunday School!" The theme for our Sunday School lessons this quarter is: HOPE - (SUSTAINING HOPE) Studies in Job, Psalms, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Habakkuk, and Acts
Sept. 1 Jeremiah 22:1-9. Act with Justice and Righteousness.
Sept. 2 Jeremiah 11:1-10. Hear the Words of This Covenant.
Sept. 3 Isaiah 2:10-19. Only the Lord Will Be Exalted.
Sept. 4 Jeremiah 18:1-10. Turn from Your Evil Way.
Sept. 5 Jer. 29:10-14. A Future with Hope.
Sept. 6 Jer. 12:14-17. Hope for Israel's Neighbors.
Sept. 7 Jer. 30:1-3, 18-22. The Days Are Surely Coming.
KEY VERSE: The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will restore the fortunes of my people, Israel and Judah, says the Lord, and I will bring them back to the land that I gave to their ancestors and they shall take possession of it. Jeremiah 30:3.
CENTRAL THOUGHT: Because of God's loving promises, we can live with hope.
LESSON OBJECTIVE: To understand that God's promises assure us that the future is hopeful, no matter how difficult the present may be
LESSON INTRODUCTION: All of our thirteen lessons this quarter deal with the theme of hope. Unit 1, "The Days Are Surely Coming," takes it's lessons from the Book of Jeremiah. The prophet Jeremiah is speaking to people who find themselves exiled in various places, especially in Babylon. Jeremiah assures them with the promise that one day they will return to the homeland of Israel and live in harmony with God. Unit II, "Dark Night of the Soul," focuses on the Books of Habakkuk, Job, and the Psalms. These lessons call on us to continue in our faith, even when we find ourselves wrestling with questions and circumstances that might cause us to seriously doubt our faith. finallly, Unit III, "Visions of Grandeur," presents three lessons from Ezekiel and the final lesson from Isaiah. Examining visions from these books, this unit joins the preceding two in letting us know that given God's promises, we can face the future with hope. We begin the fall quarter with a look at the Book of Jeremiah. This servant of God lived about 600 years before Christ, challenging and comforting the people regarding the righteousness and promises of God. We might see him as a pre-exile prophet, since he made some prophesies in the pre-exilic times. This was before the city of Jerusalem and the Temple were totally destroyed and additional jews were deported to Babylon. We can also see him as an exilic prophet, since he continued his prohetic ministry during the time the people were in exile. Today's lesson comes from that exilic period-a time when many of the people lived in Bablon and some of them had likely lost faith that they would ever return to the Holy Land. As we explore this lesson, we see that Jeremiah, whose book is often called a "book of consolation, " is consoling or comforting the people, assuring them of God's promise that one day they will return to God's land and live in peace and harmony with God and each other.
I. Record God's Words: Jeremiah 30:1-3.
II. Restoration and Thanksgiving: Vv. 18-19.
III. God's People: Vv. 20-22.