Living with Eternal Purpose in the Midst of Societal Degeneration.

Some readers of Genesis 7 may ask, “Why a worldwide flood? Was that level of judgment really necessary?” Remember what we learned about the society in that day – it was “exceedingly corrupt,” to the point that “every intent of the thoughts of [anyone’s] heart was only evil continually” (Genesis 6:5). God’s judgment is always proportionate to the sin He is judging. We will see again this week that He is a fair and just God who continually offers mercy even at the eleventh hour.

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Living with Eternal Purpose in the Midst of Societal Degeneration.

Anyone who’s ever felt like they’re trying to do right all alone needs to look no further than Noah for a faithful example. This one man and his family were the only ones among 3 billion people on Earth at the time who God could call righteous.

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The Beginning of Family Struggle, but Hope for a Future from a Merciful God.

Genesis 3 showed the demise of man’s vertical relationship with God. Chapter 4 shows the decay of horizontal relationships between people, beginning with the home. God’s design was for the family to govern culture, but that which God loves the most becomes Satan’s first target. Despite the tragedy and sin that humanity begins to sink into, the light of divine purpose still shines, and the hope of promised grace is always present.

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The Beginning of Sin and Redemption.

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The Awesome Greatness and Profound Goodness of God.

Genesis contains the beginnings of everything except God. Evans says, “Genesis is the seedplot of the whole Bible, and the groundwork for the entire revelation as contained in the remaining 65 books that make up the Bible.” If Genesis were to be dethroned, the entire Bible would be undermined as a result. Despite efforts to do so for many years, not one word has been broken – because it is God’s Word, preserved forever.

Hamilton notes the striking shortness of the Creation account and the Fall of man into sin. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God. What is most important to us is that God desires man to please Him and to know His Word & to learn to walk with him by faith.” In the grand scope of Genesis, to simply believe the basic facts of Creation and the Fall is not difficult. Most of the book shows us how to live well in a fallen world – this is our more difficult task.

The account of Creation in Genesis 1-2 reveals much to us about God and His purpose in creating.

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The Beginning of Our Faith and All Things.

This year’s theme is “By Faith.” Hebrews 11 lists many of the faith-filled saints we will meet as we walk through the book of Genesis in 2014. The faith they exemplify is saving faith – faith that turns from sin and looks only to Christ for salvation. We can mirror their character in this dark world as they mirrored Jesus’ character for us. As they faced various afflictions, so we too will endure for the fame of His name.

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God longs to do supernatural things through simple people serving their Savior together.

What kind of man would God the Father choose to be the earthly father of His Kingly Son? Simple descriptions from Matthew 1 reveal the noble character of Joseph, who would otherwise be an obscure character in history. From his example, we can learn the nobility of simple service in our local church. Our chief end is not self-promotion but to give glory to God. The best thing we could ever hear is for our Savior to say that we glorified Him and allowed Him to work through us for eternal purposes. Anything else is only a temporary achievement and ultimately failure.

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With loving devotion to each other, we remain a divine family with eternal purpose.

Becoming reliant on autopilot is as dangerous for Christians as it is for pilots. We must never become busy at the risk of endangering souls around us.

At the end of his letter to the Ephesians, Paul presents his friend Tychicus as a model for the whole book of Ephesians. He was not a superhero, just an ordinary man who made a profound impact through simple service. This is the message for us to take to heart: Nothing done in the local church is insignificant. Even simple tasks are necessary and count for eternity.

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Spirit-filled Christians willingly and capably thrive in the fray of spiritual warfare.

There is no question in Paul’s mind that evil spiritual forces exist as the enemies of all souls. A truly saved soul, united and governed by the Spirit of Christ, is prepared to confidently endure spiritual conflict.

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Pastor Robert Potter

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