God’s Plan for You – Deric Bartlett

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Sermon Notes

This week, Pastor Deric continues the series ‘ Shalom’ with a message called ‘God’s Plan For You’. Based on Jeremiah 29: 7, 11-14.

  1. God has a plan for your life
  2. God’s plan is for you is SHALOM
  3. God’s plan for you is revealed in prayer
  4. God’s plan is to bless you so that you bless others in His name


ICEBREAKER: What does your perfect breakfast look like?

1. In context, Jeremiah wrote a letter [Jeremiah 29:1] to the Jews exiled in Babylon explaining they would be there for a total of 70 years [Jeremiah 29:10]. This conflicted with others prophesying a short-lived exile and Babylon’s soon demise [Jeremiah 29:8-9]. In light of this background, what do you find amazing about Jeremiah’s instructions to the exiles in Jeremiah 29:4-7?

2. God knew the Babylonian captivity of His people would last 70 years [Jeremiah 25:11-12; 29:10; and Daniel 9:1-2]. How does God’s knowledge of the future furnish you with hope and courage today [cf. 1 Corinthians 15:51-57; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Peter 3:10-13; and Revelation 21:1-4]?

3. How does the fact that Jeremiah 29:11 was given in the context of God disciplining His people refine your understanding of this favourite promise in His Word? Consult Jeremiah 31:16-20; Hebrews 12:5-11; and Revelation 3:19 for further insights.

4. What do you learn about pursuing God from Jeremiah 29:12-13 [cf. Deuteronomy 30:1-5; 1 Kings 8:46-48; and Daniel 9:3-19]?

5. The theme of believers being in exile is repeated throughout the Bible [Jeremiah 29:14]. How does this word picture help you navigate the challenges of living in the world today [cf. Zephaniah 3:14-20; Hebrews 11:13-16; and 1 Peter 2:11-12]?

6. What does it mean to “seek the welfare of the city” where God has intentionally placed you [Jeremiah 29:7]? What would that look like [Romans 13:1-7; 1 Timothy 2:1-4; and 1 Peter 2:13-17]?

“Seeking the welfare of our community in a world that is hostile to our faith is not for the squeamish. It’s not for the half-hearted or cynical or bewildered or angry or dispirited. And we can’t let resistance or resignation or resentment get in our way…But I can see that God wants me to get over my attitude problem with being an exile and dig in for the long haul.”

(Tom Hobson)