Before Jeremiah was born, God chose him for a purpose.  This isn’t only true for Jeremiah, but for every person who has ever lived.  To be created in God’s image is to be created for a purpose. Paul said, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which He has prepared in advance for us to do,” (Ephesians 2:10).  Join us for part one of Jeremiah: A Prophet for the City as we explore God’s call to join Him in His great redemptive work.   

The words of Jeremiah, the son of Hilkiah, one of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin, to whom the word of the Lord came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, and until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the captivity of Jerusalem in the fifth month.

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying,

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,

and before you were born I consecrated you;

I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me,

“Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’;
for to all to whom I send you, you shall go,
and whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of them,
for I am with you to deliver you,
declares the Lord.”

Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said to me,

“Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.
See, I have set you this day over nations and over kingdoms,
to pluck up and to break down,
to destroy and to overthrow,
to build and to plant.”

Jeremiah 1

Principles (KNOW THEM):

God’s plan for Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:4-5)

  • God knew Jeremiah- 
  • God chose Jeremiah- 
  • God appointed Jeremiah- 

Jeremiah’s Objection (Jeremiah 1:6)

God’s Solution (Jeremiah 1:7-10)

Practices (DO THEM):

  • Do you know the God who made you for a purpose?
  • Are you cooperating with Him and His purpose or are you living a treasonous life? 
  • Participate in the 7:14 Forty Day Prayer Challenge
  • Go through this week’s discussion guide with a small group or accountability partner. 
  • Use the resources and daily readings to dig deeper into the book of Jeremiah. 

Daily Readings:

Day 1: 2 Kings 21
Day 2: 2 Kings 22
Day 3: 2 Kings 23
Day 4: Jeremiah 36
Day 5: Jeremiah 1
Day 6: Psalm 139
Day 7: Jeremiah 2

Suggested Resources:


Run with the Horses, by Eugene Peterson

Other Biographical Sermon series at

Abraham: Inside Out (2010) 
Moses (2013) 
Joshua (2013) 
Ruth:A Story of Generous Love (2014) 
Jonah: Welcome to Nineveh (2012) 
Paul: Journey to the Ends of the Earth (2018) 

RightNow Media (visit the Family Resources page):

Precepts for Life: Jeremiah part 1 and 2by Kay Arthur 
Worldview: Thinking and Living Biblicallyby Greg Laurie & others 
Intro to the Major Prophetsby J. B. Nicholson