Why You'll Never Know Your Purpose Until You Know Your Creat

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“Why You Will Never Know Your Purpose

Until You Know Your Creator”



    June 30, 1996



·         The foundation for understanding chapter 18 is found in 1:5, where God says,  ”Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

·         The theological term for this teaching is God’s _________________.

·         For Jeremiah, and for all of us, spiritual insight is almost always preceded by ________________.

·         As we speak about being used by God, it is important to remember that it is not a matter of God being in need of our ___________– it is simply that God chooses to work through His children. What an awesome privilege and opportunity.

1. God’s Activity in Your Life Has a _______________.

“So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at          the wheel.”   Jeremiah 18:3 (NIV)

2. We Are All ___________ and Disfigured Creations

    “But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands . . .”

     Jeremiah 4:18a (NIV)

3.     We Can Be ____-____________, But Only By God

“ so  the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to     him.”  Jeremiah 4:18b (NIV)










4. Our ____________ Belong to Our Creator

“”O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares   the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.” (Jeremiah 18:6 NI







5.     Your Purpose is Real --- But it Flows From Your _________________ With God!

The one great passion of Jesus’ life was His Father. A profound mystery:  God becomes a slave.This implies very specifically that God wants to be known through servanthood. Such is God’s self-disclosure. When being is divorced from doing, pious thoughts become an adequate substitute for washing feet.-- Brennan Manning in Abba’s Child


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