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Sermon Outline - Clay in the Hand of the Potter, Jeremiah ch.18 v.6

Date21/03/2004
Time18:30
PreacherRev. Maurice Roberts, Inverness
Sermon TitleClay in the Hand of the Potter
TextJeremiah ch.18 v.6
Sermon ID799

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Introduction

Q. What is more important: the way we begin in life or the way we end it?
ILLUSTRATION: The words of Solomon.

  1. THE EXPERIENCE OF THE PROPHET JEREMIAH

    1. God has lessons to teach us (e.g. the ANT).
    2. The potter's work described.
    3. The damaged pot - remade.
    4. The damaged life - repaired.
      ILLUSTRATION: The child's question, "What is God doing?"
      DOCTRINE: God can mend the things that go wrong in this life.
  2. PEOPLE CAN TURN OUT DIFFERENTLY FROM WHAT WE THOUGHT

    1. People's lives can go badly wrong - they may start out well...and then live badly for a time:
      1. A man who was very kind - later unkind.
      2. A preacher of promise->alcohol.
      3. A converted person->strange behaviour.
      4. A fine young man ->disappointing.
    2. How are we to explain these changes?
      1. Satan catches them: alcoholism.
      2. Sin can lie dormant and then awake, eg. secret sins come to light.
      3. Temptation fascinates them and they "play with fire".
        ILLUSTRATION: a fly in the window.
  3. GOD CAN IN THIS LIFE MEND OUR SOUL

    1. This is the lesson which God draws: v.6.
    2. We are all clay in God's hand
    3. God shows what happens when people change - two ways it can happen:
      1. v. 7-8: The sinner may repent.
      2. v. 9-10: The religious may backslide.
        APPLICATION: See what God says of these two. Has this not got a message for you at this time?
  4. GOD'S WAY OF MENDING THE SOUL IS THE GOSPEL

    1. The Saviour lifted up: John 3:14-15
      ILLUSTRATION: Zinzendorf.
      APPLICATION: The Centurion is your example.
    2. Christ is the City of Refuge: Explain.
      APPLICATION: Justice is chasing every sinner.
      ILLUSTRATION: The police-car driven by a friend.
    3. The Holy Spirit purifies the heart: see case of Naaman and his cleansing.
      APPLICATION: Has God mended your soul?

ENCOURAGEMENTS TO COME TO THE POTTER

  1. He can mend nations (v. 7-10).
  2. He has mended millions of souls already.
  3. Your soul is very precious.

CONCLUSIONS

Look again in the potter's house. Ask the heavenly Potter for a new heart.


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