Discovery Church, Guest Blogger

Guest Blogger – Matt Simpson

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Here are the notes on Matt’s recent message called “DIRT”.

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  • Intro: Genesis 2:7
  • –God Formed Man (Adam) out of dirt from the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of Life. The man was alive, a living soul.  (MSG)
  • God made us out of dirt. You are a pile of dirt. (Glad you came?)
  • Isaac camping—Dirt from head to toe in .6 seconds. If I told Isaac he was made from dirt he would have no trouble with that. Would you?
  • Did God make you out of dirt? If so why?
  • Science & History
  • Identical chemical and mineral make up as dirt
  • NASA, studying the origins of life discovered that life on earth might have gotten its start in clay.
  • Clay attracts proteins and DNA and has the ability to form them into chains. Those chains are the beginning of life.
  • The name “Adam” translates in several languages as “ruddy clay” or “red clay”.
  • When someone dies and is buried they turn back to dirt.
  • DIRT With a Purpose
  • Why would God choose dirt? Out of all the substances on Earth he chose…DIRT.  He had a purpose.
  • First, we are a unique blend of earthly/natural material, and the life-giving power of God.
  • Everything else God created He SPOKE into existence. However, when He formed man, He put his hands into the dirt and then breathed life into us.
  • Highlights the value of human life—Why Would God create us in such a way if He didn’t ultimately have a plan and purpose for our lives
  • DIRT Knows its Place
  • Dirt gets a bad rap. “dirt cheap”, “dirt poor”, “old as dirt”. If you have the “dirt” on someone it’s never a good thing.
  • The word “dirt” in several different languages actually translates to “excrement”. Adam-Rude
  • Highlights our own fragility and utter dependence upon God.
  • Without life giving breathe of God we are just a pile of dirt.
  • Shifts our focus to what really matters in us; What makes us special, the dirt or the breath of God living in the dirt? What makes us special is not us but God living in us.
  • 2nd Corinthians 4:7 says “But we have this treasure in jars of CLAY, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” (ESV)
  • It’s great to know that we serve a God who paves His street with gold but adopts dirt as his sons and daughters!
  • Constant Contact
  • Scribbles to Art Video
  • Jeremiah 18:1-6  The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.

Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

  • God’s object lesson. Not a mountain, desert, burning bush. A Potter’s
  • God’s work was not done with Adam, he was just getting started.
  • God’s desire is to constantly rework, reshape us if we’ll let him.
  • My story; “God never stopped loving you!”
  • Give God your dirt, hand over your scribbles-your best effort and watch him turn your life into a living work of art. A reflection of God’s grace, mercy and love. That’s our true purpose; to reflect the God who made us.
  • Conclusion
  • What does it look like to have God’s finger prints all over our lives?
  • Repent. Turn from our dirt and scribbles to give them to God.
  • Relinquish control; Even if it hurts. Because God writes a much better story, he fashions a much more useful and beautiful vessel.
  • Receive what God has for you even if it is unknown and scary. Because the God that breathed life into your dirt desires a relationship with you
  • If you don’t know God but want to talk to us in the back
  • If you do know God but have been holding on to your dirt and scribbles lets pray that you will begin to let God in and transform you from the inside out!dirt

 

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