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Jeremiah 28:1-17  — Dueling Prophets

Jeremiah 28:1-17 — Dueling Prophets

BIG IDEA: GOD’S SOVEREIGN PLAN WILL PREVAIL WHEN FALSE PROPHETS OPPOSE TRUE PROPHETSINTRODUCTION:Parunak: Every old-time western, at some point or another, shows two gunslingers facing one another on the main street of town as they are about to “shoot it out” to...
Jeremiah 27:1-22  — The Yoke of Submission

Jeremiah 27:1-22 — The Yoke of Submission

BIG IDEA: SUBMIT TO GOD’S AUTHORITY – EVEN WHEN IT IS ADMINISTERED IN SURPRISING WAYSINTRODUCTION:Sometimes our conviction regarding the sovereignty of God can be severely tested. We easily acknowledge that the Bible teaches that God can put whoever He wants in a...
Jeremiah 25:1-38  — Progression of Judgment

Jeremiah 25:1-38 — Progression of Judgment

BIG IDEA: JUDGMENT BEGINS WITH THE HOUSEHOLD OF GOD AND PROGRESSES AGAINST ALL NATIONS FOR THEIR STUBBORN REBELLIONINTRODUCTION:Mankind has a built-in capacity for sin defined as Total Depravity. That is just how we are wired. We sin because innately we are sinners....
Jeremiah 24:1-10  — 2 Baskets of Figs – Ripe and Rotten

Jeremiah 24:1-10 — 2 Baskets of Figs – Ripe and Rotten

BIG IDEA: THE BASIS FOR SOVEREIGN BLESSING OR CURSING CANNOT BE HUMANLY DISCERNEDINTRODUCTION:At some point we must bow down before God’s sovereignty and acknowledge that God’s ways and thoughts are not our ways and thoughts. He acts according to His good pleasure in...
Jeremiah 23:1-40  — False Prophets Denounced

Jeremiah 23:1-40 — False Prophets Denounced

BIG IDEA: COUNTERFEIT SPIRITUAL SHEPHERDS SUBSTITUTE THEIR OWN PEACEFUL IMAGINATIONS FOR GOD’S AUTHENTIC REVELATION OF JUDGMENTINTRODUCTION:Jeremiah understood what was involved in faithfully proclaiming God’s Word – no matter how unpopular the message. He was willing...
Jeremiah 21:1-14  — When God Becomes Your Enemy

Jeremiah 21:1-14 — When God Becomes Your Enemy

BIG IDEA: DON’T SEEK GOD’S DELIVERANCE IF YOU ARE NOT PRACTICING SOCIAL JUSTICEINTRODUCTION:When we seek the Lord’s intervention and deliverance, apart from contrition and repentance, we should not be surprised to find that God has become our enemy. This new section...
Jeremiah 20:7-18  — The Burden of the Call to Ministry

Jeremiah 20:7-18 — The Burden of the Call to Ministry

BIG IDEA: GOD’S MESSENGERS WRESTLE WITH THE SUFFERING AND ABUSE ASSOCIATED WITH FAITHFULLY PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORDINTRODUCTION:You would think that faithfulness to God in a difficult ministry setting would fortify God’s servant with special confidence and a sense of...
Jeremiah 17:1-27  — Major in the Essentials

Jeremiah 17:1-27 — Major in the Essentials

BIG IDEA: SPIRITUAL SUCCESS DEPENDS ON THE RIGHT ORIENTATION TOWARDS THE MAJOR THEMES OF OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GODINTRODUCTION:Sometimes in studying the Bible we get off on rabbit trails that deal with obscure and seemingly insignificant issues. In this chapter we see...
Jeremiah 16:1-21  — Magnifying God’s Name and Power

Jeremiah 16:1-21 — Magnifying God’s Name and Power

BIG IDEA: JUDGMENT AND RESTORATION MAGNIFY THE NAME AND POWER OF THE LORDINTRODUCTION: Sometimes we look at God’s judgments and can’t see past the severity and the harshness of the resulting carnage. Certainly, Jeremiah’s heart was broken with the impending calamities...
Jeremiah 15:1-21  — Reviving a Dejected Minister

Jeremiah 15:1-21 — Reviving a Dejected Minister

BIG IDEA: MINISTRY DISCOURAGEMENT BOTTOMS OUT IN SELF PITY UNLESS WE FEAST ON GOD’S WORD AND HOPE IN HIS PROMISESINRODUCTION: It is easy to become discouraged in ministry – especially when one is largely ministering on his own without the support of fellow team...
Jeremiah 14:1-22  — Too Little, Too Late

Jeremiah 14:1-22 — Too Little, Too Late

BIG IDEA: SOMETIMES GOD DOESN’T COME TO THE RESCUEINTRODUCTION:The Israelites were a people that were accustomed to God bailing them out of every disastrous situation. Abraham got himself into multiple pickles because of his lies about Sarah being his sister; but God...
Jeremiah 13:1-27  — Pride Brought Low

Jeremiah 13:1-27 — Pride Brought Low

BIG IDEA: PRIDE PERVERTS PRIVILEGED POSITION INTO THE SHAME AND HUMILIATION OF DEGRADING DOMINATIONINTRODUCTION:We are all familiar with the axiom: Pride goes before a Fall; but when the privileged position and potential to be what God has created you to be is so...
Jeremiah 11:1-23  — Broken Covenant

Jeremiah 11:1-23 — Broken Covenant

BIG IDEA: PERSISTENT COVENANT BREAKING INVOKES GOD’S CURSE THAT BRINGS INESCAPABLE DISASTERINTRODUCTION:We live in a culture that has rejected God’s Word; that worships the creature rather than the Creator; that has turned to idolatry and false religion; that has...
Jeremiah 19:1-25  — 20/20 Vision Regarding God vs Idols

Jeremiah 19:1-25 — 20/20 Vision Regarding God vs Idols

BIG IDEA: REJECT THE FUTILITY OF PAGAN IDOLATRY BY FOCUSING ON THE POWER AND MAJESTY OF THE UNIQUE LIVING AND ETERNAL GODINTRODUCTION:Dead and worthless idols made by human hands should never compete for our loyalty and affections with the power and majesty of the...