First of all, thank you for your prayers and assistance this week. I’m planning to preach on 2 Corinthians 4:7-12 on Sunday. Here are a few brief considerations:
Do you happen to have a plain clay pot (like a terracota planter) at the house that you’d be willing to bring Sunday? If so, just bring it with you Sunday. Having a couple of those (or even a bunch of those!) present for the sermon on Sunday would be a good illustration, especially for the children.
Treasure in jars of clay… valuable stuff on the inside; fragile, ordinary stuff on the outside. How would that compare to how our American culture views things (value of outside vs inside)?
In your life as a believer, have you ever had anyone approach you and ask how or why you did what you did? (as in, the way you treated your spouse/children, handled business/financial dealings, prioritized life, or responded to people was different than what people were used to seeing, and enabled you to glorify the Lord.). If so, shoot me an email back and let me know if you’d be willing to share a short example. I’ll most likely ask for a couple of those on Sunday.
Press on brothers and sisters!