If you are visiting today, we're thrilled to have you with us. We come here to worship God by singing, preaching the Bible and praying together. God is the highest priority in our lives because through Jesus we have forgiveness from our sins and the hope of a new life spent with Him!
- Please switch off your mobile phone when you come in to the hall.
- Please remember to park in one of the town car parks; not along Priory St.
- Please ensure your child/ren do not play on the stage, up in the balcony or in the graveyard either before or after the service.
- We have large print bibles available for anyone who might need one. Please ask one of the ushers.
As you read each passage, pray for God’s help. Ask yourself:
- What does God reveal about Himself?
- How is your own heart revealed?
- How does this passage underline the wonder of God’s love for us in
- Jesus Christ, and your own need of Christ as Saviour and Lord?
- Turn these truths into prayer and praise.
16 October Jer 30:1-11
The early chapters of Jeremiah have emphasized God’s judgement on His
wayward people, but now a promised hope for the future begins to shine
through more and more. God will use his people’s sufferings to discipline
but not destroy them (vv.5-7, 11). Beyond their captivity in Babylon, God
will restore His people (vv.3, 8-10).
17 October Jer 30:12-24
Amazing grace! God’s people have an incurable wound (v.12), but God’s
love will heal them (v.17). Their future is an abundant life under a leader
who shares God’s heart (vv.18-21). God and His people will live together
in a world where evil is finally defeated (vv.22-24). As elsewhere in
prophecy, these words hold layers of fulfilment. The exiles who returned
from Babylon received a first instalment. Yet the exuberance of the
promises points to a more distant fulfilment in which we will share in
Christ (note v.24: the vision looks forward to God “fully accomplishing”
the purposes of His heart).
18 October Jer 31:1-14
Ch.31 continues to celebrate God’s mercy that will result in the return
from exile. However, the vision looks forward to a far greater gathering of
God’s people than anything that happened in the liberation from Babylon.
Jeremiah is given a glimpse of the glorious future that awaits the whole
people of God. The source from which all our blessings flow is revealed in
v.3: “I have loved you with an everlasting love …”
19 October Jer 31:15-30
The picture of Rachel weeping for her children (v.15) speaks of the
tragedy of Israel’s lost tribes, scattered by the Assyrians more than a
century earlier. But Rachel can dry her tears (v.16) because her children,
described here as “Ephraim”, have begun to mourn for their sins
(vv.18-20). The Lord will welcome home Israel and Judah (vv.21-25) and
give His people a fresh start (vv.27-30).
20 October Jer 31:31-40
Israel’s obedience to the old Mosaic covenant had proved to be no more
than skin-deep at best. God now speaks of a new covenant that will
change hearts and produce a true marriage between God and His people
(vv.31-34). In vv.35-40 Jeremiah uses images from the world he knows to
give a picture of God’s final and complete deliverance of His people. The
new covenant is ultimately made possible by the death of Jesus (1Cor
11:25; Heb 8:7-13; 9:15).
21 October Jer 32:1-15
Judah is besieged, Jeremiah is imprisoned, and King Zedekiah still refuses
to listen to God’s word (vv.1-5). Yet God offers a sign of hope as Jeremiah
is instructed to buy a field from a family member (vv.6-12). The point is
that despite the current destruction of Judah, God promises that in the
future He will restore normal life (vv.14-15). Jeremiah’s action at such a
traumatic time of siege showed his faith in God’s word.
22 October Jer 32:26-44
The oddness of buying a field in the midst of national catastrophe
prompts Jeremiah’s prayer (vv.16-25). He affirms that “nothing is too
hard” for the Lord (v.17). But does it really make sense to buy a field at
this time (vv.24-25)? The Lord confirms that nothing is too hard for Him
(v.27), and repeats His current purpose of judgement (vv.28-35). But then
He promises to bring salvation out of destruction (vv.36-41) – and that’s
the really hard thing to do! So Jeremiah’s purchase is not foolish, but full
of hope (vv.42-44).