Today’s Message is a short study and reflection on Jeremiah 29:1-14. Verse 11 is fairly well known in many Christian circles, and is often used for encouragement.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
However, when we look at the full context of Jeremiah 29, I think we find a message that speaks quite powerfully to the challenging situation we’re all living through right now
Here are some questions for reflection:
- Do you find the language of ‘Exile” a helpful way to think of our current situation – both as a church as well as individuals and families?
- What might prosperity (‘plans to prosper’) look like for us in this time? Other Bible translations phrase this expression bit differently – ‘plans for your welfare’ (NRSV) or ‘plans for your good’ (NLT). What good would you like to see as we move forward? What would support your welfare or well being?
- What do you think of the idea of applying verses 4-7 to our current situation? Can you see yourself trying to settle into this period of exile and making the most of it? How might you seek the peace and prosperity of your town, city or neighbourhood? How might we do this as a church?
If you would like to learn more about the Book of Jeremiah the Bible Project is a great place to start. The idea of Exile is a major theme throughout the Bible, and the Bible Project has two excellent short videos (they’re about 5 minutes each) that take a look on how we can understand this today.
The Book of Jeremiah: https://bibleproject.com/explore/jeremiah/
The Exile: https://bibleproject.com/explore/exile/
The Way of Exile: https://bibleproject.com/explore/way-of-the-exile/
Worship materials will be circulated by email at 10:30am this Sunday May 31, with the sermon available at 11:00am.
Grace and Peace,