Jars of Clay
Topic: AM Service Passage: 2 Corinthians 4:7–4:15
How can we deal with the trouble that comes into our lives? To live in a sin-filled world is to experience trouble and pain. Not only do we encounter disease, natural disasters, and calamity, we also are subject to the hurt and pain that the sinful actions of others (and even ourselves) cause. Paul reminds us that our troubles are a way for the Lord to show His glory – to highlight His glorious work in the midst of our frailty. We must learn not to trust our strength, but instead to trust the One who raised Jesus from the dead. When we know the power and majesty of Jesus, it will not matter that we are mere “Jars of Clay” (2 Corinthians 4:7-15).
I. Looking Beyond Trouble
A. To See God's Power (v7)
B. To See God's Deliverance (v8-9)
C. To See God's Life (v10-12)
II. The Confidence of Faith
A. Speaks in Distress (v13)
B. Looks to the End (v14)
C. Rejoices in God's Glory (v15)
Questions for consideration: (1) Why is it important that we see that we are holding treasure in “jars of clay?” (2) What does it mean for us to live so that Jesus may be manifested in our lives to others? (3) How does the confidence of our faith lead us to share the gospel?