God called Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations. So, it is fitting that Jeremiah ends with an extensive call to the nations to know the Lord and to walk in His ways. The Book of Jeremiah is no mere sorry tale of the demise of an ancient kingdom. But it is a constant refrain of grace, sung out to men who are utterly undeserving of it. It is a reminder that God’s promises are not for some particular tribe, language, nation or people, but for “every creature under heaven.” And most importantly, for you. You are not beyond God’s grace. You are not excluded from His offer. In John 6:37, Jesus says, “whoever comes to me, I will never cast out.” In Jeremiah 46-51, God calls the nations to turn back. In some of the Scripture’s most remarkable poetry, the Lord calls those who are far from him to return home. Join us as we see that God calls us to return as well.
How much did your Bible cost? You can pay as little or as much as you want for a Bible these days. But its cost is very different from its price. Your Bible cost of the lives of many in history who wrote, translated, distributed, and taught it. But its cost does not stop there. Every time you open it grows more costly. Because it asks, “how far will you follow Christ?” The struggle is real. In Jeremiah 45 we see the prophet’s scribe, Baruch, struggle with the personal cost of God’s Word. But he did not struggle alone. God spoke to Baruch through the voice of the prophet. And in the same way, God speaks to us through the experience of Baruch when we face a crisis of belief and struggle to count the cost of following Christ. Join us this Lord’s as we examine Jeremiah 45 and consider the calling, the care, and the comfort of God’s Word when we face a crisis of belief.
Jesus’ disciples had the best teacher any man ever had. He showed them things no man had ever witnessed and taught them what these things meant. He taught with clarity and with authority. Yet, they were very slow learners. Even Jesus, in his tremendous patience, often remarked, “Are you yet so dull?”
How slow are we to learn from what God shows us in his word and our experience with him? Are we yet so dull? Jerusalem had fallen. After the fall of Jerusalem, a remnant comes to Jeremiah seeking a word from the Lord. They profess an unqualified commitment to obey all the Lord requires. But then refuse to follow through. Despite their dramatic experience with God’s judgment, they persisted in unbelief. They were yet very dull. How sensitive are you to God’s Word and His Spirit? Join us as we examine Jeremiah 42-44 and the dangers of spiritual dullness.
We have all seen the threatening-repeating parent — warning the disobedient child of a judgement that never comes. For hundreds of years, God sent prophets to warn the children of Israel and Judah of judgement for their sin. Persistently, He called them to repent, but unlike the threatening-repeating parent, God always follows through. Beginning in Jeremiah 39 we see the terrible picture of God’s judgement, a picture that warns us not to presume upon God’s grace. The Bible warns us that today is the day of salvation. How urgently have you heeded God’s call to turn back to Him? Join us as we examine Jeremiah 39-41 and consider the urgency of God’s call to turn back.
Discouragement is no stranger to the Christian life. Sometimes it seems impossible to ‘do the next thing,’ to keep plodding on, when we are stuck in the miry bog – emotionally, physically, and spiritually. One of the powerful things about the Book of Jeremiah is that it shows us the words and the world of the prophet. As he struggles to faithfully walk according to his calling, we find instruction and resonance with our own struggles. In Jeremiah 37 and 38 we see the prophet’s condition going from bad to worse. But what we don’t see is him turning from his vocation. Join us for “From Bad to Worse” as we examine Jeremiah 37 and 38 and find encouragement to plod on, even in the midst of our own struggle.