Pastor Greg continue his Legendary message series this week by taking a deeper look at the origin story of the Old Testament Prophet, Jeremiah.
Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah: Yahweh’s Exalted One
The king stood by the pillar and made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to carry out the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people entered into the covenant. ~ 2 Kings 23:3
Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” ~ Jeremiah 1:4-5
Nabi (HEBREW) ~ Prophet (English)
One who has been divinely inspired, filled with the spirit of God, so they can share the will and words of God with other people. One who speaks for God.
FOUR MASSIVE POINTS IN JEREMIAH 1:4-5
1) God formed Jeremiah in his mother’s womb.
2) Before Jeremiah was conceived God “knew” him.
3) Before Jeremiah was born God “consecrated” him.
Qadash (Hebrew) ~ Consecrated (English)
To make something holy or sacred. To set something apart as a dedicated, sacred, holy thing belonging first and foremost to God.
4) God “appointed” Jeremiah as His prophet to the nations.
Nathan (Hebrew) ~ Appoint (English)
Can also be translated as “to give” or “to put” or “to set” or “to establish”
Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. ~ Ephesians 4:1-7
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. ~ Ephesians 4:11-13
Then I said, “Alas, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, because I am a youth.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ because everywhere I send you, you shall go, and all that I command you, you shall speak. “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you,” declares the Lord. Then the Lord stretched out His hand and touched my mouth, and the Lord said to me, “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. “See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, to pluck up and to break down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.” ~ Jeremiah 1:6-10
I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. But you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. ~ 2 Timothy 4:1-5
JEREMIAH, JUST LIKE ALL OUR LEGENDARY HEROES OF THE FAITH
1) Had a personal, faith-based relationship with God.
2) Obeyed God rather than his own will or the will of others.
3) Trusted God to do the impossible.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
What is God calling you to do?
Who is God calling you to be?
That has been His plan for you since before the foundation of the earth.
ALOHA GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
1) Are there any false “gods” in your life today that get more of your time, energy, resources and worship than God? (Some possibilities: Drugs, alcohol, TV, New Age Philosophies, a significant other, money.)
2) What might God be calling you to repent of today? Do you have a besetting sin that pulls you away from Him, away from all you could be in Him, do in Him, accomplish for Him?
READ: Jeremiah 1:4-5
1) How does God’s statement that He knew Jeremiah before his conception and His statement that He formed Jeremiah in the womb impact your beliefs about the pro-life and pro-choice movements?
2) Pastor Greg explained a little bit about what it means to “consecrate” something or someone. If you had to explain this idea to a non-Christian friend, how would you put it in your own words? What does it mean to be consecrated?
3) When God “appoints” us to a specific role or ministry or task or responsibility what choice to we have in the process? What should our response always be when God tells us He has “appointed” us to something?
READ: Jeremiah 1:6-10 and Matthew 10:16-20
1) Why do you think Jeremiah was concerned about his age? Do you ever find that you are less likely to listen to, respect and trust the words of someone who is much younger than you? If so, why do you think that is? Is that a fair assumption on your part or is it possible your can learn something new, even from someone who is much younger than you?
2) Have you ever been asked to speak or pray or give a talk in front of a group and you felt inadequate for the task? How did you handle the situation? If God offers to give us His words in situations like this, what do we have to fear?
3) What do you think God is referring to when He says Jeremiah will “pluck up and break down, destroy and overthrow, build and plant?”
READ: Ephesians 4:1-7
1) Often in the Church, when we speak of someone being “called “ into ministry, we use it only in reference to someone becoming a pastor or a missionary but which Christians are Paul referring to here when he talks about being “called?”
2) Has God “called” you into some type of ministry? What ministry? How did that happen? How did you receive your “calling?”
3) Have you ever discovered what your “spiritual gifts” are? How do these effect your “calling” into a specific type of “ministry” within the local church?
READ: Ephesians 4:11-13
1) Pastor Greg said that all Christians are called to be ministers. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
2) He mentioned that most churches in America go about church ministry the wrong way, hiring a professional “clergy” person to do all the ministry for them and to them. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
3) Pastor Greg said the people of the church should do most of the ministry while the pastor should focus on teaching, training and equipping the people to do their various ministries better. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
4) Pastor Greg said: “When the people can give up the leadership to the pastor and the pastor can give up the ministry to the people, that’s when a church explodes with healthy and sustained growth!” Do you agree or disagree with that statement? Why?
READ: 2 Timothy 4:1-5
1) Pastor Greg shared that this was the Scripture God used to give him his calling to become a pastor. Do you think this sounds true of our current generation?
2) Are most people unwilling to endure sound doctrine? What does it mean that people want to have their “ears tickled?” In what ways do people accumulate for themselves teachers who just feed them myths and things that match their own desires? How should pastors and teachers and prophets respond to such a generation?
3) Even though God may not have specifically called you to be an apostle or prophet or evangelist or pastor or teacher, what does this verse have to do with you? How can you live out the truths of this passage in your own life and in your own relationships?