As the New Year begins, we are reminded that we are worse than we think but God’s grace is greater than we can imagine. Our identity is in Christ Jesus, not in our successes or failures. Our sins do not define us. God’s plan is much bigger than we think and His grace is perfected in our weaknesses.
Sin makes the heart harder and harder over time in both individuals and society. In this passage, the heart of mankind is beyond self-help and God is about to intervene with judgement but Noah found favor (or Grace) in the eyes of the Lord.
- Seriousness of Sin
- Interior Nature of Sin
- Content of Sin
- Grievousness of Sin (Romans 3:23)
- Universality of Sin
Conclusion: We cannot save ourselves. Salvation comes from the Lord and He will keep his promise.
As we continue our study through Genesis, Steve Resch teaches us that the ruin of culture and society comes from refusing to repent, building a culture without following God, and making a name for ourselves. In order to build and create a healthy culture and society we need to give glory and honor to God.
- The Ruin of Cain – II Corinthians 7:10
- The Culture of Death (culture of oppression and violence)
- The Future City of Grace – Matthew 5:14-16
As we continue in the Summer Psalms, hear Pastor Steve speak on Psalm 73, which tells us that we will experience doubt once in a while. When we question whether or not God is just, we need to focus on God to gain the proper perspective because intimacy with the Almighty transcends all earthly power.