by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 5 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: The Reluctant Prophet
Series: Truth For Troubled Times
Stuart Briscoe
Jeremiah 1:1-19

Jeremiah ministered for more than forty years at a critical time in Judah's history. Despite feelings of inadequacy, loneliness, and violent rejection, he faithfully fulfilled his mission. We can learn much from his message and his approach to ministry in troubled times.

I. The Prophet's Call.

A. The divine initiative: "The Word of the Lord came to me saying…"
1. A divine creation: "formed."

2. A divine relation: "knew."

3. A divine intention: "set apart."

4. A divine commission: "appointed."

B. The human response: "Ah Sovereign Lord, I said…"
1. A confession of inadequacy: "I don't know how to speak."

2. A claim to unsuitability: "I am only a child."

C. The divine reaction: "But the Lord said to me…"
1. A gentle rebuke: "Don't say…"


Part 2: When God Speaks to a Nation
Series: Truth For Troubled Times
Stuart Briscoe
Jeremiah 2:1-6:30

Josiah, the reforming king, and Jeremiah, the reluctant prophet, were active in Judah at the end of the 7th century B.C. But the people did not want to reform or respond to Jeremiah's jeremiads. God still spoke through the young men.

I. God's Charges Against Judah. See also 2 Chronicles 34:1-33

A. The reforming activity of Josiah.
1. Purging all vestiges of idolatry.

2. Discovery of the Book of the Covenant.

3. The call to reform.

B. The preaching ministry of Jeremiah.
1. A reminder of Israel's original exalted position. 2:1-3
a. A nation in love with God.

b. The firstfruits of his harvest.

2. An account of Israel's drift into apostasy.
a. Their love for God had degenerated into fault-finding. 2:5

b. They ceased to seek the Lord: "Where is the Lord?" 2:6, 8

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