Sermon Notes May 16, 2010 “A Letter from God” by Pastor Richard Daughtridge

“A Letter from God” sermon by Pastor Richard Daughtridge

Have you ever gotten excited because you got a letter from a famous person?

I have, only a few times in my life. Once was an invitation from the White House. Robin and I were invited to the inauguration of President George Busch Sr.  Our invitation came personally from Vice President Dan Quayle.

A day we’ll never forget yet in a million ways will never compare to the letter sent to us by God.

Today we can only examine just one very small portion of his letter to us. This is just 10 verses of  31,173 verses that God wrote to us.  This is just 232 words of the 774,746 words that God wrote to us. If such a small part  of this letter can mean so much then the complete book must contain immeasurable promises, truth and blessing .

The letter said:

1. The Heading

Jer.29: 1 NIV This is the text of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders among the exiles and to the priests, the prophets and all the other people Nebuchadnezzar had carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon.

2. Return Address

Jer. 29:4 NIV This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:

3. Content

Jer. 29:11-14 NIV For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.

  1. Plan     Hope and Future
  2. Prosperity    Blessing not Curses
  3. Prayer   Communication
  4. Priority      Whole Heartedness
  5. Persistence     Focus

4. Completion of  terms of letter.

Psalm 126:1-6  KJV When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. [2] Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them. [3] The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. [4] Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south. [5] They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. [6] He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

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