Home Group 5 Oct'89 Soft Hearts * Pick up on Mike's "Authentic Christianity" teaching - "The end of a thing is determined when it's built: Build well and it will last -- build poorly and it won't." * An interesting incident: - Grace's hurt finger & healing. * It's amazing what's hidden away inside! - but God knows.... * Jer. 18:1-4 "The Potter's House" - the Hebrew word for 'marred' also xlated 'ruined' - what was the flaw? = too hard? == to soft? == bits of stone in clay? == disfigured? - but because the clay is soft the flaw is easily corrected. * Jer. 19:1-2, 10-11a, 14-15 "Stiff Necks" - when clay is fired in the oven, the heat causes a chemical change to take place. The grains of clay are bonded together -- you can't just add water and mix any longer. God can't take the Betty Crocker approach any more. * So, the flawed jar is broken. * God says, "Stiff necked people". - the idea in the Hebrew here is of 'unresponsive oxen'. * Let's bring this home to US!! - when we're first saved God can add a little Holy Spirit (water), let it mix, and we change. Not so easy when we get older. * Saved --> preserved for future USE. - so we're not decorative!! We're good sturdy pots. * Moldability is an attitude of the heart -- just like worship!! - if we stay soft hearted the molding process is easier .....easier ON US!! * Heart Attitudes? - 1 Cor 13 type attitudes - prefer one another. - encourage one another. - you are your brother's keeper. * Jer. 18 says, "...potter formed it as seemed best to Him." - God's desire is for His best for us -- He love's us * Let's not wait for the final "breaking" on day of judgement. - but we have to help one another!!! - WE are the body of Christ. Not I or Me! * Return to Mike's teaching - Father God molds and fashions us. - The trial (the fire) comes and SETS things into us. - That's good and bad.