Old Testament

  NOTES: Download: Jeremiah_10   Jeremiah 10-14 • Chapter Study INTRODUCTION I want to share some historical background to our study tonight. Jeremiah began his ministry as a prophet as a young man – just 16years old. The king at that time was Josiah, a godly man& good king. Josiah’s grandfather was Manasseh, an exceedingly wicked man who filled the kingdom of Judah & the capital of Jerusalem w/idols – the worship of which involved hideous abominations; including human sacrifice. What made Manasseh’s reign even worse was that he reigned longer than any king in Israel’s history; 55 years! His son & Josiah’s father was just a brief ditto to Manasseh& was so corrupt he was assassinated. This left the 8 year old Josiah as king. Beign too young to rule, royal officials reigned for him until he turned 16, then he moved to assert his authority & immediately set about to cleanse the land of idolatry. He sent out the troops to dismantle the...

  NOTES: Download: Glory_In_This   Glory In This •  Jeremiah 9:23-24 I. INTRODUCTION • Read vs. 1 Corinthians 1:26–31 26 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, 29 that no flesh should glory in His presence. 30 But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption— 31 that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.” A. Celebrate 1. What we celebrate, tells a...

Reference: Jeremiah 6-9  Date: 31 October 2012    NOTES: Download: Jeremiah_06   Jeremiah 6-9 INTRO Ch. 6 is the last part of the young prophet Jer’s 1st msg – delivered when he was only about 16.   CHAPTER 6 1“O you children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee from the midst of Jerusalem! Because judgment was coming. Benjamin was 1 of the 2 tribes that made up the southern kingdom of Judah; the other of course was Judah. Blow the trumpet in Tekoa, and set up a signal-fire in Beth Haccerem; For disaster appears out of the north, and great destruction. Tekoa & Beth Haccerem were fortresses where signal fires were set to alert Jerusalem of an approaching army. Jer tells them to go ahead & send their signals now because judgment was certain. HE (Jer) was a spiritual signal fire – but the people ignored him. Maybe they’d pay more attention if they saw an actual beacon lit. We had a signal fire lit for us this week...

Reference: Jeremiah 7:1-16 Date: 28 October 2012   NOTES Download: Too_Late   Too Late • Jer. 7:1-16   I. INTRODUCTION • Read vs. 1-4 A. 3 Groups 1. There are many ways we could segment this room today into groups. By age, education, ethnicity; lots of ways. 2. We could make 3 groups according to how we approach the things of God. 3. Group 1 loves Jesus and follows Him faithfully. a. They’re not perfect, but they want to be & it bugs them they’re not. b. They long to grow in grace & truth & live as close to Jesus as possible. 4. I’m going to skip Group 2 for now & come back to them in a moment. 5. Group 3 is on the other end of the spectrum from Group 1. a. The people in Group 3 are like the people of Jeremiah’s day. b. As we’ll see, they assumed (wrongly, it turns out) that everything between God & them was cool. c. They were religious, but not righteous. d. Unlike Group 1, those in Group 3 have no real relationship...

  Reference: Jeremiah 3-5 Date: 24 October 2012    NOTES Download: Jeremiah_03   Jeremiah 3-5 • Chapter Study INTRO Chs. 2-6 are the 16 year old prophet Jeremiah’s 1st message to the people of Judah. He preached this during the reign of good king Josiah. But it’s a scathing denunciation of Judah’s idolatry. He pleads w/ them to forsake their idols & return to the Lord. As we’ve seen over the last 3 Sundays, the imagery God uses in these chs. is that Israel was a stubbornly wayward, cheatin’ hussy of a wife while He’d been nothing but a marvelous, faithful, outstanding husband to her. Her idol worshipping was spiritual adultery. And while God had patiently waited & pleaded with her to come back to Him alone, she refused. So His long spoken warning of judgment was drawing near. CHAPTER 3 1 “They say, ‘If a man divorces his wife, And she goes from him And becomes another man’s, May he return to her again?’ Would not that...

Reference: Jeremiah 5:18-25  Date: 21 October 2012  NOTES: Download: The_Blunting_of_Blessing The Blunting of Blessing • Jeremiah 5:18-25 I. INTRODUCTION – Read vs. A. Love? Does God love us? Does He love YOU? 1. The message today is simple. 2. Sometimes, the passage we’re looking at is difficult to understand; the truth we’re wrestling w/more of a challenge. 3. Not today. This is pretty basic-because the things that are the most important God wants everyone to understand & enjoy. Does God love YOU? 4. Are you experiencing that love? a. Is God’s love merely a doctrine; b. Or is it a tangible blessing you actually enjoy? B. Today 1. That’s the question our text sets before us today. 2. God tells Jeremiah to announce to the people of Judah that the Babylonians are coming as the instrument of His righteous judgment. a. They will conquer Judah and carry them away captive. b. In the vs. just before this, Jeremiah describes what’s coming. 1) Their cities & homes will be destroyed. 2) Everything they’ve lived for & trusted in will be wiped out. 3) It will seem to be...

Reference: Jeremiah 3-4  Date: 14 October 2012 NOTES Download: A_Passion_for_the_Lost   A Passion for the Lost • Jer. 3-4 (various vs.) I. INTRODUCTION – Read Luke 15:1-7 A. Our Motto 1. CCO has a Vision & Mission. It shapes everything we do. 2. It directs everything we aspire to be as a local church in Oxnard & where ever we reach around the world. 3. We’ve distilled that Vision & Mission down to this: Becoming more like Jesus by learning & living God’s Word. 4. The Scriptural peg we hang that on is Romans 8:29 – Those God foreknew, He predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son,   that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 5. Our goal is to be LIKE JESUS. a. He came to reveal God, to disclose the Father’s heart. b. As Jesus told the disciples – to see Him, to hear Him, is to see & hear God. 6. So to become like Jesus is to become more like God. a. It’s to take on his character; to align our priorities...

 Reference: Jeremiah 2:33-37  Date: 07 October 2012   NOTES Download: Backed_into_a_Corner   Backed Into a Corner • Jeremiah 2:33-37 I. INTRODUCTION • Read vs. A. Remember? This Is It 1. Remember what I said last week: Jeremiah is a tough book—not to understand, but to hear. 2. We see that today. //  These are hard words. B. A Spiritual Harlot 1. Chs. 2-6 are the 16 yr old Jeremiah's inaugural message to the kingdom of Judah. 2. He rolls out a major theme in God's Word to them. 3. It is that they’ve broken their covenant w/God. They’d broken faith w/Him. 4. The image painted by the prophet is of marriage. a. God rescued Israel from the slave pits of Egypt, courted them in the Exodus, then propose to them at Mt Sinai. b. To God’s proposal, Israel said “Yes!” c. The next few decades was their honeymoon as they were wandered the wilderness, learning about Him, daily experiencing His love, protection, & provision. d. Then God carried them across the threshold into their new home in the Promised Land. e. But after the honeymoon...