Week 12 – Conclusion and Review (Jeremiah)
Now that we have reached the end of our journey through Jeremiah, we spent our final class period reflecting on what we have learned about God, humanity, and redemption.
Week 11 – God Destroys Jerusalem (Jer 52:1–34)
By ending the book this way, Jeremiah leaves us on a note of hope that the Davidic line remains alive; God’s promises will be fulfilled.
Week 10 – God’s Judgment on the Nations (46:1–51:64)
Whereas Jeremiah 34:1–45:5 focuses on God’s judgment on Judah, chapters 46–51 describe his condemnation of the nations.
Week 9 – God Judges Judah, Part 2 (Jer 40:1–45:5)
Jeremiah 40 picks up the story in the days after Babylon destroyed Jerusalem. Although Jeremiah is given his freedom, he is quickly caught in the middle of the drama that unfolded.
Week 8 – God Judges Judah, Part 1 (Jer 34:1–39:18)
After the oasis of comfort and restoration in chs. 31–33, warnings of judgment retake center stage in Jeremiah 34–39.
Week 7 – Restoration for Israel and Judah (Jeremiah 30:1-33:26)
Working your way through the first 29 chapters of Jeremiah can feel like walking through a desert of judgment... but then comes Jeremiah 30, an oasis of restoration and hope.
The Responsibilities of Church Membership
One of the defining characteristics of our culture is a fear of commitment. We love to keep our options open, not get ourselves locked into something that is difficult to get ourselves out of. This lack of commitment has infected the church as well.
Week 6 – Jeremiah’s Confrontations (Jer 21:1–29:32)
Whereas a central focus of Jeremiah 11:1–20:18 is Jeremiah’s roller coaster ride of frustration and desperation, in this week’s installment we see a series of confrontations Jeremiah has with Judah’s kings (21:1-23:8), false prophets (23:9-40), the people (24:1-25:38), and false belief (26:1-29:32).
Week 5 – Jeremiah struggles with Judah and God (Jeremiah 11:1–20:18)
As we arrive at Week 5 in Jeremiah, we come to a section (11:1–20:18) where the prophet struggles with Judah, himself, and YHWH.
Week 4 – False Religion and an Idolatrous People (Jeremiah 7:1–10:25)
In this section of Jeremiah, we see that God wants his people to know him for who he truly is and as a result live a life of covenant faithfulness. Along the way we see glimpses of the gospel.
Week 3 – Israel’s Covenant Adultery (Jeremiah 2:1–6:30)
Jeremiah 2:1–6:30 vividly describes Judah’s persistent idolatry as spiritual adultery that violates Yahweh’s covenant with them.
Week 2 – God Calls Jeremiah (1:1–19)
The opening chapter of Jeremiah introduces us to the prophet and foreshadows the kind of ministry he will have.
Introduction to Jeremiah
This past Sunday I began a new Life Education course at Christ’s Covenant Church on Jeremiah.
Perseverance through Prayer and the Spirit (Philippians 1:19)
In conjunction with the Philippians’ prayers Paul envisions his perseverance enabled through the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
Rejoicing in the Preaching of the Gospel (Philippians 1:18)
When our joy is in the gospel of Jesus Christ and its progress in the world, we have an anchor for our joy that will weather even the darkest storms of life.
The City of Philippi in the Bible
As a Roman colony, Philippi was intended to be a miniature version of Rome. However, the Roman character of the city did not erase the previously existing Greek Hellenistic culture.
Treat Your Pastors Well
As a professor at a seminary, I have the great privilege of training men for pastoral ministry. Every year new faces come in, full of excitement and trepidation. What most of them don’t realize is how dangerous their calling truly is.
Preachers with Questionable Motives (Philippians 1:17)
The focus of a gospel ministry should not be the personality of the one preaching, but the person who is preached—Jesus Christ.
The Past, Present, and Future of Our Salvation (Philippians 1:5-6)
What was true of the Philippians is true of us as believers today. God is the one who began the great work of redemption in us, making us a new creation by the work of his Spirit.
Paul’s Self-Identity in Philippians 1:1
When Paul opens his letters, he always includes a description of himself. Here in Philippians 1:1 that description is servant of Christ.