By Michael C. Mack
1. What’s the most illogical thing you’ve ever done (at least as it appeared to others)? Why did you do it?
Read Jeremiah 32:1-9, 14, 15.
2. What were the immediate circumstances for Jeremiah and the people of Judah?
3. If you had been Zedekiah, king of Judah, how would you have felt about Jeremiah’s prophecies?
4. What sense did it make for an imprisoned, unmarried, childless man during a time of war with an enemy’s impending land siege to buy a piece of property?
5. Jeremiah preached not only through his words but also by his actions. What might the people of Judah have learned from Jeremiah?
6. Agree or disagree: “Faith is not believing in spite of evidence but obeying in spite of consequence.” Explain your thoughts.
7. When you can’t yet see how a current life situation will turn out, what can help you obey God regardless of the circumstances? How can we as a community of believers help one another in this way?
8. Each of us is God’s messenger (2 Corinthians 5:19, 20). In what ways can you boldly speak or live out God’s Word this week, even if it’s not popular or doesn’t make logical sense to do so?
Michael Mack is the author of 16 small group books and discussion guides. He also leads church training events and consults with churches through his ministry, Small Group Leadership (www.smallgroupleadership.com).