Summary: The purpose of this sermon is to motivate the hearers to affirm to others that before they were born God had formed and shaped them for a particular PURPOSE, which requires His Holy Spirit to set them apart in preparation for His Service.

Jeremiah 1:5 (MSG)

*Jeremiah 1:5 (GW)

7 May 2006

U.S. Army Chaplain (MAJ) Ken Harris

CP Walker Multicultural Gospel Service

Taegue, South Korea

BIG IDEA: The Lord who formed and shaped us knows the particular PURPOSE he intended us for, but unless He Sanctifies us by His Holy Spirit, we will never be prepared and fit for His Holy Service.

REFERENCES: Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end; Jeremiah 29:11 (MSG) I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for; Psalms 22:10 (GW) I was placed in your care from birth. From my mother’s womb you have been my God; Isaiah 44:24 (MSG) GOD, your Redeemer, who shaped your life in your mother’s womb, says: "I am GOD. I made all that is. With no help from you I spread out the skies and laid out the earth."; Isaiah 49:1 (GW) Listen to me, you islands. Pay attention, you people far away. Before I was born, the LORD chose me. While I was in my mother’s womb, he recorded my name; Job 10:8a (KJV): Thine hands have made me and fashioned me together round about; Proverb 16:4 (MSG): GOD made everything with a place and purpose; Proverbs 6:6-8 (KJV) "Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest"; Jeremiah 20:9 (KJV) But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay; Romans 12:5-6 (KJV) So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 1 Corinthians 12:4-8 (KJV) Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;


II. READ THE PERICOPE: Jeremiah 1:5-10 (MSG)


Jeremiah 1:5 (KJV) Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations;

Jeremiah 1:5 (MSG) "Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: A prophet to the nations—

*Jeremiah 1:5 (GW) “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I set you apart for my holy purpose. I appointed you to be a prophet to the nations.”;

IV. PURPOSE: To motivate hearers to affirm to others that before they were born God had formed and shaped them for a particular PURPOSE, which requires His Holy Spirit to set them apart in preparation for His Service.

INTRODUCTION: The Holy Spirit (the paraclete) is in this place! There’s no question in my mind. Not only is He in me … but I tell you … I can feel His presence in this place …

Turn to your neighbor … and say neighbor … “I don’t know about you … b-u-t …I …f-e-e-l … something … something that I didn’t feel when I left home this morning … something that is encouraging me to put my hands together in a clapping motion … something that is talking to my feet … making my feet itch to dance … CAN I GET A WITNESS up in here?

*****Take 5 Beats ******

MOVE 1: The Holy Spirit is in this place!

a. There’s no WONER why … Jeremiah said (in Jeremiah 20:9a)

b. … the WORD of God in his heart … was as a FIRE … SHUT in HIS BONES ….

c. *The question is why HAS the HOLY SPIRIT shown-up so STRONG? Forwhat PURPOSE has He come?

d. Now, my brothers and sisters … the WORD … PURPOSE … is defined by Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary as “an anticipated outcome … that is intended … or that guides your planned actions …

e. In other WORDS … GOD deliberately made each of us … with the intent of FILLING us with HIS HOLY SPIRIT … with a conscious aim and plan of answering immediate needs in ONE ANOTHER LIVES!

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