StoneBridge Community Church
Great Is Your Faithfulness: Lamentations 3.22-23
Pastor Jeff Cheadle
Locations & Times
  • StoneBridge Campus
    4832 Cochran St, Simi Valley, CA 93063, USA
    Saturday 5:30 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
  • Growth Groups
    Simi Town Center Way, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USA
    Sunday 12:00 PM

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Jeremiah on the Ruins of Jerusalem (detail) by Horace Vernet (1844)

Introduction to Lamentations

Bible Project video offering a very helpful overview of the Book of Lamentations. Highly recommended.

Lamentations: The Fall of Jerusalem

Donald Curtis, "Lamentations: The Fall of Jerusalem" from the series From Creation to the Cross.

Babylonian Chronicle recording the capture of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar II. The British Museum, London.

The Babylonian Invasion in Archaeology

Some people question the historicity of scripture. Archaeology confirms the biblical account of the fall of Jerusalem and adds to our understanding of conditions during the horrific 18-month siege."The Babylonian Invasion In Archeology – Part 1: Jerusalem Falls" Bible Reading Archaeology website.

Mounted archers trample their enemies

Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem (detail), by Rembrandt van Rijn, 1630. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.

This entire, horrific experience could have been avoided.
1. Recognize…
1. Recognize the part you play in the problems you have.
Sometimes bad things happen because we make bad choices.
For Reflection/Discussion: What are some of the problems and challenges you've faced that could have been avoided had you made different choices? What choices did the leaders and people of Judah make that contributed to the siege and ultimate destruction of Jerusalem, and the Babylonian captivity?
2. Realize…
2. Realize that our hope is in God's great love, unfailing compassion, and great faithfulness.
Every day of our lives we’re given a new opportunity to enjoy the unfailing, all-sufficient, never-ending mercy, provision, and grace of God.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Bob Kauflin, "A Hymn for Ordinary Christians – Great Is Thy Faithfulness" Worship Matters website, August 3, 2009.
For Reflection/Discussion: What was the basis of Jeremiah's hope in the midst of the horrific tragedy he had witnessed? What is your understanding of the words love, compassions, and faithfulness in this passage? As you think about God and about your faith, are you supply-focused or demand-focused? In what ways are God's compassions (or mercies) new every morning? How have you experienced God's mercies today? The hymn Great Is Thy Faithfulness was inspired by Lamentations 3.21-23. What are some of God's mercies identified by its author? Why is it important to identify and thank God for His mercies?
3. Remember…
3. Remember Who God is and rest in God's grace.
For Reflection/Discussion: Why is it important to understand and focus on the character of God when we find ourselves in the midst of suffering? Why is it essential that we realize that suffering— even the suffering that we have caused ourselves— isn't forever?

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