Sermon Audio & Notes from June 28, 2009: Jeremiah 29:1-14

Sermon Audio & Notes from June 28, 2009: Jeremiah 29:1-14

City Church worshipped with students from three area churches who are spending the week in downtown York working on various projects.  Pastor Aaron Anderson preached “The Jeremiah Mandate” from the Scriptural text Jeremiah 29:1-14

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Sermon Notes

The Jeremiah Mandate

Jeremiah 29:1-14

TELOS: To call the Church to patient, shalom-advancing, Gospel-living in a foreign land while we wait for Jesus Christ to return for us.

I. Intro: Read Jeremiah 29:1-14

II. The Jeremiah Mandate (the letter to the exiles)

A. Settle Down in Your Home Away From Home

B. Seek the Shalom of Babylon

“The webbing together of God, humans and all creation in justice, fulfillment, and delight is what the Hebrew prophets call shalom. We call it peace, but it means far more than mere peace of mind or cease-fire between enemies. In the Bible, shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness, and delight-a rich state of affairs in which natural needs are satisfied and natural gifts fruitfully employed, a state of affairs that inspires joyful wonder as its Creator and Savior opens doors and welcomes the creatures in whom He delights. Shalom, in other words, is the way things ought to be.”-Cornielius Plantinga, Jr. in Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin

    1. Seek the shalom of your enemy.



Epicurus-3rd century Greek philosopher “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?”

C. Remember the Gracious Promise of God

III.     Gospel Conclusion

A. Jesus became a voluntary exile from His home.

B. Jesus relinquished His shalom to purchase our own.

Whatever we say about suffering, we CANNOT say that God doesn’t understand it or has done nothing about it.

“Christ the god-man suffers too, with patience. Evil and death can no longer be entirely imputed to him since he suffers and dies. The night on Golgotha is so important in the history of man only because, in its shadows, the divinity ostensibly abandoned its traditional privilege, and lived through to the end, despair included, the agony of death. Thus is explained the “Lama sabachthani” and the frightful doubt of Christ in agony.” (Albert Camus Essais p.444)

C.  Jesus was the benefactor of God’s gracious promise to remember.

See Psalm 16:10-“nor will you let your Holy One see decay.”

D. If Christ is remembered, then so will we be (see 1 Corinthians 15).

E. Our future state of shalom OBLIGATES us to work for the current state of shalom for others.

How do we seek the shalom of the Babylon in which we live?

Do you have personal shalom? Only found in the Gospel. (See Rom. 5:1; Jn. 16:33)

As we go to the City, remember there is no shalom without the Gospel because it brings men to God.

Pray for the city-1 Timothy 2:1-2

Work for justice for the oppressed, end wickedness-See Dan. 4:27

Christ’s peace goes with us. See Jn. 20:21

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