Kingdom Building Through the Life of Jeremiah (Part 2) by Jennifer Kostick

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Kingdom Building Through the Life of Jeremiah (Part 2)
Series: Series: Kingdom Building Through the Life of Jeremiah
Jennifer Kostick
Jeremiah 1:5

A prayer for you as you begin today’s study: Dear Father we thank you for who you are and the biblical examples you’ve given us. Lord, we ask you for revelation today as we study. Please open our hearts, minds, and eyes. Allow us to see what without you we never could see, and change us through the process of studying Your Word. In Jesus name, Amen.

Week Two Study Overview:

Today we will deal with the inner struggles and feelings associated with having no idea why God chose us, or why it seems He hasn’t chosen us for anything at all.

Key Point of Struggle:

I’m not sure I can accomplish the calling of God on my life and be successful. I’m not even sure I know what my calling is.

Key Proof of Comfort:

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations. – Jeremiah 1:5

Jeremiah has stolen my heart. I feel like I know him well. I’m not trying to compare my small struggles to his immeasurable pain; that would be ridiculous. However, in my mind, I can picture myself conversing to him about the call of God and the everyday crazy it makes me feel. I think he would be a good guy to connect with on the topic of purpose. If it were possible, I would lament to him over a steaming, hot cup of coffee in a corner booth at Panera Bread about all that seems to undo me regarding how God wants to use my life. And, it’s almost as if I can hear the weeping prophet saying, “Yeah, I get it. I totally get it.” I know you do, Jeremiah, I so know you do.

Jeremiah’s background:

- He was called as a young man and his ministry lasted more than forty years.

- He was from the town of Anathoth and born into the family of Hilkiah. It was a priestly family. We do not have any evidence to say Jeremiah himself was a priest, but I do think it’s safe to say he would have been trained in priestly ways.

- He was commanded by God not to take a wife and have children because of the imminent judgment on the next generation.

- Because of his calling he had few friends and experienced great rejection and pain.

- Jeremiah did not hold back his feelings, which is why he is known as the weeping prophet. He is quite a writer and very poetic in style. (He used his scribe and faithful assistant Baruch to pen his words.) He his honest about his struggles and even shows himself to be a bit pessimistic at times. (We see you, Jeremiah!)

In a nutshell, I believe kingdom building is about being obedient to whatever God calls us to do. Jeremiah was called to the bewildering task of prophesying to Judah about their impending doom due to their wicked ways. This was a ...

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