Perseverance

SERMON NOTES  
Run with the Horses
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Jeremiah 20

“Perseverance”

We live in a culture that often promotes short cuts, quick fixes, and the value of being comfortable. Perseverance is an important value that sometimes gets missed these days.

Theme: What we learn from observing the life of Jeremiah is perseverance is a key to living faithfully.

Perseverance: the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult.

There are two things we learn about perseverance from the life of Jeremiah.

 1. When we are faithful to God, it does not mean that all will be right on this side of the Kingdom.

2. It is important to wrestle with God in the midst of difficulty.

Jeremiah lived a tough life – from a human perspective. But he persevered, and even in his wrestling with God he developed a deep and profound prayer life. God is saying to you and me, “I have plans for you. I have a purpose for you. It will be tough but no matter what you face I will be with you.” Perseverance is not about success, it is about faithfulness. God will see you through.

Reflection Questions:

1. Why do we still experience difficulty even though we are faithful to God?2. Besides Jeremiah, who else in the Bible faced hardship in the midst of faithfulness?
3. What are some scriptural references about perseverance?
4. Describe a time in your own life you have related to Jeremiah?

Incongruence

SERMON NOTES
Run with the Horses
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Jeremiah 7

“Incongruence”

 

We all long to live at our best with purpose and meaning. Jeremiah gives us a window into what it means to risk, trust and pursue wholeness and significance in the hectic day to day of life. God is saying to you and me I have plans for you. I have a purpose for you. It will be tough but no matter what you face I will be with you. My hope is we can all run with the horses.

God is warning Judah through the lips of Jeremiah the danger of hypocrisy, idol worship and disobedience. I believe the warning for all of us is taking God for granted in our lives can be dangerous.

The more we take our eyes off God, the more we convince ourselves that we are in control of our lives, until one day we wake up and realize we are lost. 

· Jeremiah is warning against hypocrisy.

· Jeremiah is warning against idol worship.

· Jeremiah is warning against disobedience.

The more we surrender to follow Jesus with a sense of priority in our life and circumstances, the more we become a Jesus follower as a way of life, the more we will experience the presence of God dwelling with us.

Consecrated

SERMON NOTES
Run with the Horses

Rev. Dr. Jim Toole
Jeremiah 1:1-10

 

“Consecrated” 

Today we are starting a ten-week sermon series looking at the key themes of Jeremiah based on Eugene Peterson’s book, Running with the Horses. The premise of the title comes from Jeremiah 12:5. At this moment Jeremiah was worn down by all the opposition and resistance to his message. The story of Jeremiah is one of the greatest underdog stories, a story about perseverance, stamina, and faith in the midst of tragedy. 

Introduction:

Jeremiah’s name means ____________ and was born _____________. During his ministry there was incredible conflict between ___________ and ___________. Jeremiah and the other prophets were about holding in tension the message of ___________ and ___________. 

Jeremiah is called the ____________. 

Jerusalem and the temple were destroyed by __________ and Judah was led away in captivity by the __________. 

Theme: My prayer for today is that all of you can leave today realizing that before you were born, God consecrated you. God made you sacred, set you apart for a purpose. God made you uniquely you. 

We all have been set apart, consecrated to the work of the prophetic. We need to stand in the gap against injustice, poverty, pain, and sin in this world. We are called in our everyday lives to be change agents. The simplest definition of being prophetic means bringing people to the presence of God. Some of us will be called to extraordinary challenges but most of us will be called to be prophetic in the ordinary. 

We have been enculturated to see significance and purpose as something we do that is extraordinary, but true significance happens when we start to see the ordinary things we do as extraordinary in the sight of God.