This week's Small Group Guide is composed of questions from this week's GPS Guide. The questions relate to the Scripture for that particular day. You can download the full week's GPS as a printable document for the context of each question below (in the printable version, the recommended small group questions are marked with a special bullet point.)
Verse 13 summed up Jeremiah’s message of judgment and hope: “When you search for me, yes, search for me with all your heart, you will find me.” How do you understand the meaning of searching for God “with all your heart”? What times or events in your life have driven you to seek God with all your heart? What steps helped you do that?
Jeremiah had voiced shock on God’s behalf at the people’s choice to worship the pagan non-gods rather than their covenant God: “Has a nation switched gods, though they aren’t really gods at all? Yet my people have exchanged their glory for what has no value” (Jeremiah 2:11). How would that change? “God intends to pardon the people’s waywardness and restore them to their country. Maybe that has the power to change them.”* When have you experienced the transforming power of God’s forgiveness?
Ezekiel’s dramatic, visionary image delivered the message that God offers hope even when we can see none. When have you seen God take a “dry bones” person, relationship or situation that seemed beyond hope and bring new life to it? With whom can you share the good news of God’s life-giving hope?
Can you recall times when you have felt like the Israelites in Isaiah 40:27: “My way is hidden from the LORD, my God ignores my predicament”? Are there areas of your life that feel that way to you right now as we all deal with the conditions created by the Covid-19 outbreak? In what ways can you reconnect with the Creator who “doesn’t grow tired or weary” of caring for you?
* John Goldingay, Jeremiah for Everyone. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2015, p. 160.
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