Free Bible Study on Lamentations: #Struggles

TThis 3-part free Bible study on Lamentations will help your students learn that life is hard, but God is good.

Part 1: The Struggle

If you were to read the whole book of Lamentations, the first two and a half chapters would be absolutely depressing. It’s just question after question and doubt after doubt. It’s really tough to read. However, something amazing happens in the middle of the short book. Despite all the darkness on these pages, some light breaks through in verse twenty-one. This simple verse acts as a hinge of hope. Jeremiah cries out the name of God. Through tears, he says, “therefore I have hope” (Lamentations 3:21). 

Where does Jeremiah find hope? In the name of God. The name of God is a hinge of hope — bridging the gap of what is bad to who is good. 
Scripture: Lamentations 3:19-22

Part 2: The Solution to Suffering

Imagine being in Jeremiah’s position. He’s numb from all the pain. He’s in shock from what he’s watching unfold before his eyes. While watching this devastation, he starts talking about the promises of God. His shaking pen writes, “Great is your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion” (Lamentations 3:24). With tears in his eyes, he knows that God is on his side. What did Jeremiah cling to during crisis? God’s character. 
Scripture: Lamentations 3:22-24

Part 3: The Solution to Isolation

King Solomon rebuilt the massive religious complex after its first destruction by the Babylonians. Whenever a Hebrew laid eyes on the temple, they would inevitably think, “look at how far my people have come.” Things took a tragic turn though. Under Nero’s command, the entire Roman army stormed the city of Jerusalem in 70 AD. They set houses on fire, murdered thousands, and destroyed the temple brick by brick.

The Hebrews experienced the collective suffering of the siege, so they isolated themselves. Their pain led to isolation, and their isolation led to loneliness. We tend to follow the same cycle, but God has something better in mind for us.
Scripture: Hebrews 12:1

This small group Bible Study on Lamentations is based on a free sermon series! Click here to view the Lamentations: #Struggles Sermon Series. You might also like these free Bible Studies for youth.


–3-part small group guide (intended for stand-alone small groups)
–Graphics to reinforce this content on social media
–Bonus devotional eBook on Lamentations

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