Last week: Jeremiah, a man of tears and tenacity.

Big idea: In spite of our great sin, God's love is greater yet.

"Because of the Lord’s great love (chesed) we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness" (Lam 3:22-23).

Lamentations 1: Acknowledge (Own) your own sin from your heart.

Lamentations 2: Acknowledge God's sovereignty in your sin.

Lamentations 3: Acknowledge God's great love in spite of your sin.

Lamentations 4: Acknowledge the consequences of your sin on your children.

Lamentations 5: Acknowledge the widespread devastation of sin.

A Man With Fire In His Bones

The Call (Jeremiah 1)

The Problem (Jeremiah 2-4)

The Heart that is incurable (Jeremiah 17)

The Heart that knows God (Jeremiah 24)

*The Heart that seeks God (Jeremiah 29)

The Heart that is new (Jeremiah 31)

One Heart and one purpose (Jeremiah 32)

“When your words came, I ate (devoured) them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty” (Jer 15:16). “But if I say, ‘I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot’” (Jer 20:19).

Big Idea: What a way to end one's story. What can we learn from such an unspeakable tragedy?

By God's grace, this concludes our sermon series of 15 sermons on the 52 chapters of the book of Jeremiah--A Fire in My Bones (Jer 20:9). The last two weeks was about little known people in the Bible who were indispensable: Ebed-Melek and Baruch. From these "unknown" people who seem inconsequential, Ebed-Melek demonstrates that we can trust God and be saved, while Baruch--Jeremiah's assistant--was magnificent. Without them there would be no Jeremiah!

This is a very difficult sermon to prepare for, since it just goes downhill from judgment to more judgment. The various titles I came up with were: "Many Reasons for Judgment, Only One Reason for Salvation." Next, was "Why Judgment, How Salvation." Then it was "A Sad Tragic End." Finally, from speaking with a friend, I settled on this just before the worship service began: "When Bad Things Happen to Bad People."