Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sermon Notes: Scary Prayers 2 of 4 "Mold Me"

Jeremiah 18 New Living Translation Link (Focus on verses 1-12)

Context: The Israelites are and continue to be rebellious toward God. God's chosen people are guilty of idolatry, even though they know that their God is jealous. God decides to use Jeremiah as his messenger, so he helps him understand the scenario by sending him to the potter's house.

Introduction: When we pray this scary prayer, for God to mold me, we're admitting that we need God's hand to make us, his heart for when we get marred, and God's help to be mended and made whole.

Transition: Since we're all made of the same clay, I don't want you to think that there's nothing good about you. Reference 2nd Corinthians 4:7 "We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves."

Exposition: Mold Me Lord... This plea is what says God have your way with us; it's an acknowledgement that we need God!

1. We need God's hand (verses 3-4)
-God knows what he's doing! 

2. We need God's heart (verse 12)
-Humanity acts as if we're the model, when we're really just marred.

3. We need God's help (verses 7-8)
-There's a divine safety net for those who stubbornly fought the wheel-work, but then repents.

*Next Steps...

-Answer this question honestly for yourselves:   is it important to you, to become who God wants you to be?

-Identify a time in your life when you thought you were in God's will, then suddenly everything changed. Could it have been God crushing you because you hadn't turned out as he hoped you would? 

-Don't miss next Sunday! We'll be in part 3    "Fill Me" (Colossians 1:9-12).

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