This sermon was based on Jeremiah 29:11
Jeremiah’s Letter to the Exiles
11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
“I Know the Plans I Have”
- God is actively and determinedly involved in his creation.
- But God’s plans don’t always line up with our own expectations of how things will turn out.
- God is in control and know’s what he is doing. We just have to trust that truth. We are saved by grace and not by works.
- Jeremiah wasn’t writing to an individual. He was writing to the exiles as a whole – it was corporate.
- We are called to be a closely-knit church family that encourages and supports each other to pray more, worship more, and deepen our relationships with God.
“To Give You a Future and a Hope”
- The King James translation says “to give you an expected end”.
- Biblical hope is grounded in the reality of who God is, what he has done in the past, and what he will do in the future. Biblical hope is that we expect God to be faithful.
- God has promised to build his church, to protect his church, and in the end times, to gather his church up as his bride, and unite us all together in glory.