Churches Of Christ/Jer 29:11


Does Jer 29:11 mean that God has a purpose for my life?  Or was that statement directed at a particular person at a particular time in history regarding a particular situation?


The context of Jer 29 is God's warning and promise to the exiles in Babylon. He tells them that they (Israel) will spend 70 years in exile - they should get comfortable where they are. But, God will not forget them. Oh no, rather he has plans for Israel.

And He does.

Israel has to birth Messiah.

Yes, God has a plan for Israel, but not for you.

At least not based on this passage.

Hope that helps a bit.

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Hoyt Roberson


I can answer just about any doctrinal, relational, or Scriptural question from a "traditional" church of Christ perspective, and from perspectives of somewhat more progressive congregations. If you want an answer from a particular perspective, let me know that up front, and I'll respond in that vein. If you want to peg me on the liberal-conservative spectrum, I would suggest a bit left of center. Depending on the question though, I might be far left, or perhaps rather toward the right.


I have fifty years as a member of Churches of Christ. Over those five decades, I have taught teen classes, adult classes, served as a deacon and congregational administrator, Lay Leader at two military congregations, and finally as a shepherd of a 500 member congregation. Most of the congregations I have been a member of have been "mainline" congregations, but I am quite familiar with more conservative and more liberal congregations and views as well. I read and subscribe to various books and periodicals for churches of Christ, and have discussed a variety of topics with representatives of our various groups both in person, and via mail. One of my Masters degrees is from Pepperdine, so let that guide your understanding of my formal training.

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I hold a Masters of Ministry degree from Pepperdine University, as well as a Masters of Counseling degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Phoenix.

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