Jeremiah 25

Day 1492

Be Thankful for Mercy!

Jeremiah 25

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Wednesday, April 17.

 

There can be no good news without first hearing the bad news. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news of the kingdom of God because there is a domain of darkness from which we must be saved (Colossians 1:13). There can’t be a chalice of grace for the forgiveness of sin if there isn’t first the cup of wrath that must be satisfied. This important prophetic image was described by the prophet in Jeremiah 25:27-29:

 

You shall say to them, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Drink, be drunk, vomit, fall and rise no more because of the sword which I will send among you.’” And it will be, if they refuse to take the cup from your hand to drink, then you will say to them, “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘You shall surely drink! For behold, I am beginning to work calamity in this city which is called by My name, and shall you be completely free from punishment? You will not be free from punishment; for I am summoning a sword against all the inhabitants of the earth,’ declares the Lord of hosts.”

 

God’s righteous judgment for sin is not only against His chosen people, but against all people, as Paul made clear in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (cf. Ephesians 2:1-3). The cup of wrath is what we all deserve to drink from for our sin, but God, rich in mercy, extended the chalice of grace to us through faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23). As you read Jeremiah, and learn about God’s wrath for sin, may you find yourself in awe of what Jesus Christ has done for you on the Cross, where He drank the cup of wrath down to its dregs!

 

Seize the moment and be thankful for God’s mercy (Ephesians 2:4-10)!

 

God bless you!

 

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Jeremiah 24

Day 1491

Bear Good Fruit!

Jeremiah 24

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Tuesday, April 16.

 

What happens when you are confused about right and wrong, unable to discern what is good and what is bad? You can sincerely strive to do the right thing, only to find out that you were misled in the goals you were pursuing. That is the situation in Jerusalem as the Babylonians brought the king and his entourage out of Jerusalem (2 Kings 24:10-20). Shouldn’t the people resist the occupying force and fight against Babylon, defending their city unto death? As contrary to common sense as it sounds, God’s will for them was to surrender to the enemy and be taken into Babylonian captivity. The prophet illustrated God’s plan for His people with a prophetic sign in Jeremiah 24:1-2, 5, and 8:

 

The Lord showed me: behold, two baskets of figs set before the temple of the Lord! One basket had very good figs, like first-ripe figs, and the other basket had very bad figs which could not be eaten due to rottenness. … “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Like these good figs, so I will regard as good the captives of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans.’ … ‘But like the bad figs which cannot be eaten due to rottenness – indeed, thus says the Lord – so I will abandon Zedekiah king of Judah and his officials, and the remnant of Jerusalem who remain in this land and the ones who dwell in the land of Egypt.’”

 

It can be difficult to discern right from wrong, good from evil in today’s world. Ultimately, you must act upon what you believe to be true, as Jesus said, “You will know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:15-20).

 

Seize the moment and bear good fruit by abiding in Jesus (John 15:1-16). Surrender to God first in every circumstance, and He will help you know the right next step (Romans 12:1-2).

 
 

God bless you!

 

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Jeremiah 23

Day 1490

When all is Forlorn!

Jeremiah 23

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Monday, April 15.

 

In The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien wrote, “Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.” What happens to people when despair sets in? After the oracles of judgment against the final kings of Judah, the hope of the Davidic lineage was seemingly lost. The kings had forsaken God, yet, during the devastating consequences of their failures, God renewed the people’s hope, reminding them to trust in Him alone. In Jeremiah 23:5-8, God gave His people an oracle of restoration, promising the Coming Messiah:

 

“Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; and He will reign as king and act wisely and do justice and righteousness in the land. In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely; and this is His name by which He will be called, ‘The Lord our righteousness.’ Therefore behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when they will no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘as the Lord lives, who brought up and led back the descendants of the household of Israel from the north land and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ Then they will live on their own soil.”

 

Hope is a necessary ingredient to life. Without hope, it’s easy to become sad and lonely, with no positive expectation for the future. It’s nearly impossible to be resilient apart from hope; we need a little light to take the right next step. While it is common to derive hope from your personal well-being and healthy relationships, what happens if you don’t have those things?

 

Seize the moment and hope in the Lord when all is forlorn, anchor your life in Jesus, the Messiah who has come and will return soon (Hebrews 6:19-20).

 

 

God bless you!

 

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The Call to the Great Community Wk 1

Lesson #1:

The Church is God’s Idea!

 

+ INTRO: “The Call to the Great Community” is a series of messages about the body of Christ and our call to be fellow members of the body of Christ and why that is an important call to answer for us individually and corporately for the sake of the mission of Jesus Christ (why He came!) and the glory of God. 

 

+ The Great Community is the “church” (ekklesia in Acts 11:26), which literally means, “the called out gathering or assembly.” While it can be used to describe any assembly of people, in the New Testament it is the work of the Holy Spirit to ingather those who have been called in Christ for God’s will.

 

+ BODY: The BIG IDEA for today is THE CHURCH IS GOD’S IDEA; NOT MINE OR YOURS!

 

+ Today’s reading from God’s Word comes from Ephesians 1:18-23, where Paul teaches,
 
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.”

 

1) THE CHURCH is the BODY OF CHRIST!

 

+ The church is an intentional community of disciples who are called in love, gathered for love, and sent on the mission of love. We carry on the great rescue effort of Jesus Christ (Luke 19:10).

 

+ Read short story from LOMT, page 97.

 

+ As we just read, Ephesians 1:22-23. Let us continue to see how this idea is developed in Ephesians 4:11-16; Romans 12:4-8; and 1 Corinthians 12:12-27.
 
 

2) BECAUSE THE CHURCH EXISTS FOR THE MISSION OF JESUS TO THE GLORY OF GOD

 

+ The Great Commission was given to the church before Jesus’ ascension in Matthew 28:18-20 and then empowered by the Holy Spirit to fulfill it at Pentecost in Acts 2.

 

+ We must remember WHY the CHURCH exists or we will get off mission and go in maintenance mode – We are called to the Rescue Mission of Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17)!

 

+ We are redeemed to fulfill the Genesis Commission (Genesis 1:26-27) as the heirs of the Abrahamic Promise (Genesis 12:1-3). To bless all things as Ephesians 1:19b-21 proclaims.

 
 

3) THIS IS GOD’S PLAN A!

 

+ Paul started our lesson in Ephesians 1:18-19a.

 

+ Let me remind you of the “so that’s” of Jesus’ prayer in John 17:22-23 (“By this all men will know that you are My disciples”) and His new commandment in John 13:34-35 (“so that the world may know that You sent Me”)? This is the ultimate purpose of all that we do as the church and as a local assembly of believers.

 

+ This is why we gather as the church – to remember and practice that this is God’s BIG IDEA! Read Hebrews 10:19-25.
 
 
CONCLUSION: We have so much to learn together over the course of this sermon series. We are going to pray Jesus’ prayer book together as we study, so I invite you to join me in the 150-Day Pray the Psalms Discipleship Challenge, which starts tomorrow with Psalm 1. Finish your NT and pray in unity.
 
 
 

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Jeremiah 22

Day 1487

The Heart of Leadership!

Jeremiah 22

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Friday, April 12.

To be a good leader, you first need to be a great follower. Any person who is incapable of being submissive to authority should never be put into a position of leadership. Jesus modeled servant leadership for His disciples, commanding them to follow His example in Matthew 20:25-28:

 

You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.

 

In Jeremiah 22:13-16, six hundred years prior to Jesus saying this to His disciples, God rebuked the final kings of Judah for their failure of leadership:

 

“Woe to him who builds his house without righteousness and his upper rooms without justice, who uses his neighbor’s services without pay and does not give him his wages, who says, ‘I will build myself a roomy house with spacious upper rooms, and cut out its windows, paneling it with cedar and painting it bright red.’ Do you become a king because you are competing in cedar? Did not your father eat and drink and do justice and righteousness? Then it was well with him. He pled the cause of the afflicted and needy; then it was well. Is not that what it means to know Me?” Declares the Lord.

 

Jerusalem could not be saved simply by having a king of David’s lineage on the throne; God desired, and still desires today, to work through people who have David’s heart –  “who will do all My will” (Acts 13:22).

 

Seize the moment and seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

 

God bless you!

 

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Jeremiah 21

Day 1486

Surrender or Die!

Jeremiah 21

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Thursday, April 11.

 

There are two things a military commander never wants to do – retreat or surrender. Strategically, both can be the right decision when it is the only way to save your people, so that you can fight another day. That was the exact situation facing the people of Jerusalem, as declared by the prophet in Jeremiah 21:8-10:

 

“You shall also say to this people, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Behold, I set before you the way of life and the way of death. He who dwells in this city will die by the sword and by famine and by pestilence; but he who goes out and falls away to the Chaldeans who are besieging you will live, and he will have his own life as booty. For I have set My face against this city for harm and not for good,” declares the Lord. “It will be given into the hand of the king of Babylon and he will burn it with fire.” ’ ”

 

Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, was sieging Jerusalem, and Zedekiah, the king of Judah, was hoping God would rescue them. That was why he sent messengers to Jeremiah, just like King Hezekiah sent messengers to Isaiah when the Assyrians were besieging Jerusalem, over a century prior in Isaiah 36-37. Unfortunately, the destruction of Jerusalem was imminent as a righteous judgment against them for not seizing the moment of God’s former clemency to repent and walk in His ancient paths (Jeremiah 6:16). God’s direct response to Zedekiah, in Jeremiah 21:5, was clear, “I Myself will war against you with an outstretched hand and a mighty arm, even in anger and wrath and great indignation.” There is only one right response to God’s wrath against sin, “I surrender all.”

 

Seize the moment and repent by walking in the ancient paths of God by taking on the easy yoke of Jesus (Matthew 11:28-30).

 

God bless you!

 

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Jeremiah 20

Day 1485

Count the Cost!

Jeremiah 20

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Wednesday, April 10.

 

Jesus was crucified for being faithful to God. Do you believe there will be no hardship when you take you up your cross and follow Jesus? Paul, who suffered greatly as an apostle (2 Corinthians 11:23-28), explained the grave danger that comes with being God’s chosen vessel, from 2 Corinthians 4:7-10:

 

But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves; we are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not despairing; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

 

The messengers of God have always suffered greatly for their faithfulness, often at the hands of the people they were sent to deliver their message. Jeremiah’s suffering was introduced in Jeremiah 20:1-2, “When Pashhur the priest, the son of Immer, who was chief officer in the house of the Lord, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things, Pashhur had Jeremiah the prophet beaten and put him in the stocks that were at the upper Benjamin Gate, which was by the house of the Lord.” Jeremiah’s suffering was real, and it was at every level of his being. In Jeremiah 20:7-18, the prophet lamented his life, wishing he had never been born. As hard as it may be to accept, we are forewarned to expect such suffering ourselves. Peter, martyred for his faithfulness to Jesus, explained in 1 Peter 2:20b-21, “But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God. For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps.”

 

Seize the moment and count the cost of obedience to following Jesus (Luke 14:27-30).

 

 

God bless you!

 

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Jeremiah 19

Day 1484

Be a Vessel for God’s Glory!

Jeremiah 19

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Tuesday, April 9.

 

Considering Jeremiah’s recent visit to the potter’s house, he was instructed next to build upon the same illustration with a new symbolic act. In Jeremiah 19:1-2, the Sovereign Lord commanded the prophet, “Go and buy a potter’s earthenware jar, and take some of the elders of the people and some of the senior priests. Then go out to the valley of Ben-hinnom [aka Gehenna], which is by the entrance of the potsherd gate, and proclaim there the words that I tell you.” God declared His righteous judgment upon a people who had stiffened their necks and hardened their hearts against Him to worship idols and walk in rebellion. Then, like a master teacher, God emphasized His teachings in Jeremiah 19:10-15:

 

Then you are to break the jar in the sight of the men who accompany you and say to them, “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Just so will I break this people and this city, even as one breaks a potter’s vessel, which cannot again be repaired; and they will bury in Topheth [the valley of Ben-hinnom] because there is no other place for burial. This is how I will treat this place and its inhabitants,’ declares the Lord, ‘so as to make this city like Topheth. … because they have stiffened their necks so as not to heed My words.’”

 

As long as the clay remains soft and moldable in the Potter’s hands, He would not waste the precious resource by destroying it. Unless the hardened jar has been approved by the Potter for His intended purposes, His only recourse is to shatter the useless vessel so that it will not discredit His name.

 

Seize the moment and be a chosen vessel for God’s glory by allowing Him to shape you into a useable jar of clay, one which contains the treasure of His name (2 Corinthians 4:7; 2 Timothy 2:20-21; Ephesians 2:10).

 

God bless you!

 

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Jeremiah 18

 Day 1483

Remain Workable in the Potter’s Hands!

Jeremiah 18

 

Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Monday, April 8.

 

When I was in high school, I took a potter’s wheel class, and I loved it. It never occurred to me that the clay would not become what I fashioned it to be. For the clay to become what I envisioned it to be, it had to be workable in my hands; it had to remain soft and moldable. This is the imagery invoked by the prophet in Jeremiah 18:2-6:

 

Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make. Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.”

 

As I worked the clay on the potter’s wheel, I constantly wet it so that it would spin in my hands, minimizing the friction between my hands and the clay. I had to keep my eyes on the clay and use both hands to form it; it was amazing how subtle and gentle I had to be to form the clay into a usable vessel, with the pressure often coming from the inside of the forming vessel, even though I kept a supportive hand on the outside. As long as the clay remained soft and workable, I could start again with the same clay. Isn’t that what God is saying to each of us in our own lives, “Remain workable in My hands!”

 

Seize the moment and remain workable in the Potter’s hands! Trust the Sovereign God to work something beautiful out of your life.

 

God bless you!

 

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Everyday Discipleship Wk 10

Everyday Discipleship with Real People

How to Share the Hope of Jesus!

 

 
 
 
Loving accountability from the first 9 sessions:

 

1) Bible intake of Matthew 1 to Revelation 22: Y or N

2) Use the S.O.A.P. Bible journaling technique: Y or N

3) Pray & meditate upon the Lord’s Prayer daily: Y or N

4) Review all assigned memory verses, to include learning last session’s memory verse of Luke 9:23-25: Y or N

5) Manage your calendar for the “Big Three” and for gathering with your church: Y or N

 

 

Review of major concepts:

 

+ Disciple = a person who is intentionally following Jesus’ way and teachings

+ Discipleship = intentional journey and life-long commitment to learn and manifest the fruit of who I am in Christ

+ The “Big Three” transformative practices = Bible intake, prayer intimacy, and spiritual friendships

+ Church = intentional community of disciples who are called in love, gathered for love, and sent on the mission of love

+ Walk by the Spirit = empowered lifestyle of focused surrender

+ Walk in the easy yoke of Jesus = covenant faithfulness

+ Disciple’s Desire = “Well done, good and faithful servant”

+ Spiritual Warfare = a reality of everyday discipleship that must take seriously and plan for

+ Carrying your cross = daily decision to reject selfish ambition and vain conceit so you can follow Jesus without distraction
 
 
 

AS A DISCIPLE OF JESUS CHRIST,

YOU ARE CALLED TO SHARE THE HOPE OF THE

RESURRECTION IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE.

 

+ Read the conclusion of the Gospel of Matthew 28.

+ Memorize the Great Commission: Matthew 28:18-20.

+ Did you notice the bookends of the church’s mission:

“All authority…” and “I am with you always…”?

 
 

THIS IS HOW YOU SHARE THE HOPE OF JESUS

 

AS YOU GO…

+ God will assist you! Read Luke 12:11-12. Invite Him daily!

+ Partner with others! Read Luke 10:1-2. Pray for workers!

+ Make this your lifestyle! Read 1 Peter 3:8-18.

 

MAKE DISCIPLES OF ALL NATIONS…

+ You are enlisted for the mission! Read 2 Timothy 2:1-4. Don’t get distracted! (Philippians 3:8-17)

+ Disciples carry the message! Read 2 Cor. 3:2-6 & 5:17-20. You are called to embody the message! (1 Cor. 4:16-17; 11:1)

 

BAPTIZING THEM … AND TEACHING THEM TO OBSERVE ALL THAT JESUS COMMANDED…

+ We do this together as fellow members of the body of Christ. Read Ephesians 4:11-16. You are invited to learn more.

 
 
 
 
 

Action Items moving forward:

 

1) Finish the New Testament at the pace you have chosen.

2) Once you are done, start afresh with the New Testament or begin the epic journey through the Old Testament.

3) Take the 40 Days of the Easter Season to review all ten handouts. Invite the Holy Spirit to help you “become” conformed to the image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29).

4) Memorize and live out Matthew 28:18-20.

 
 
 
 
 
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