Summary: A sermon about the life changing effects of the Gospel message.

I. Intro with Question of neighborhood (Common Ground).

a. Have you noticed the homes in your corps neighborhood?

b. Ever wonder how they got that way?

i. Someone designed the perfect masterpiece

ii. Someone else let it deteriorate into the current condition

1. Termites

2. Broken Windows

3. No Paint

II. Historical Narrative of the Israelites citing verse 13.

1. "When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,

b. Once a great people of God

c. Wonderful Tabernacle everyone was proud of

d. Now living in hard times

i. Drought

ii. No house of worship glory of the Lord departed

iii. False Gods

III. Things can be repaired.

a. Extreme home Makeover Illustration

i. Admit the need for change

ii. People must humble themselves and ask for help

iii. Take the necessary steps

b. Historical Narrative of the Israelites citing verse 14.

a. 14if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

ii. Humble Themselves

iii. Turn from wicked ways

1. Idolatry

2. Greed

3. Deceitfulness

4. Lust

iv. Seek God’s face

v. Receive healing.

IV. The Remodel and Restoration to former Glory

a. A beautiful house makes the builder proud and glad

b. They show off their masterpiece - want to be there

V. Conclusion

a. Does your home need remodeling?

i. Your heart is the Temple of God

a. I Corinthians 3:16

b. Does the Lord’s House need remodeling?

VI. Invitation.

Invite Christ as the Master Builder to rebuild His Masterpiece in your heart today.

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