Big idea: An unforgettable encounter with the very real visceral presence of the living God.

"Like the appearance of a rainbow in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance (brilliant light) around him. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory (kabowd) of the Lord. [This is what the glory of the Lord looked like to me.] When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking" (Ezekiel 1:28).

  • Is Ezekiel's vision relevant to us today?
  • Does this vision of God mean more to Ezekiel and to those in his time than it does to us today since our culture is different?
  • What can we do practically to grasp this glorious vision for ourselves?
  • Will or can such a vision help us overcome our real current pressing problems, issues and difficulties?

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).

  1. Lamentations 1: Acknowledge (Own) your own sin from your heart.
  2. Lamentations 2: Acknowledge God's sovereignty in your sin.
  3. Lamentations 3: Acknowledge God's great love in spite of your sin.
  4. Lamentations 4: Acknowledge the consequences of your sin on your children.
  5. 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).