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The Incredible Race (and the Towers We Build)

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INTRO/ILLUST: Funny Consequences?

4th generation after Noah - people there knew of the Flood, and God’s judgment
Told to scatter
Decided not to, make name for self, not scatter
Consequences
Language confusion, forced to scatter, people groups are result
STILL ONE RACE
Revelation 7:9 NASB95
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands;

OUR INCREDIBLE RACE

Start

- Start of THE race
- Sin enters, affecting the race
(For our purposes today, think about when you entered THE race, that is, being born) - June 7, 1967
When is your birthday? That is an important day to lots of people

Finish

- appointed for all to die, then judged - WHEN?
- all nations to be judged
(after the parables, work while waiting for master to return - “well done”)
Christ WILL return
Revelation 7:9 NASB95
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands;
- finish the race
VBS Week - All nations
All came from 2, Adam and Eve
Genetically supported
Population after the Flood, supported
- every knee
- every knee

So…Somewhere in Between

Choice to make - direction you turn

Tower of Babel info: Real, 100 years after Flood (also real)

4th generation after Noah - people there knew of the Flood, and God’s judgment
Told to scatter
Decided not to, stayed in Shinar, make name for self, not scatter
Pride and Consequences
Language confusion, forced to scatter, people groups are result
STILL ONE RACE
Black paper, white paper - we are brown
All those we hate are still bearing the image of God, though many suppress that truth in unrighteousness ()
They stumbled over their pride
Just a few generations from Flood
Like great grandpa, you knew
Their tower, designed to make them look great, actually blocked their view of God
? (Our tower here, symbolically blocks the cross)

OUR COMMAND

Mark 1:15 NASB95
and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Repent and obey!
(aside, we tell parents, about kids obeying - if they won’t obey you, they likely will not want to obey God, either)
But we: Our “tower-building” response
Do religion “our” way
Pride
Good works
Baptism (I know I harp on this, and for good reason)
Kids had great questions this week
“Baptism takes away sin” - taught at local churches and popular local church camp (IT’S IN WRITING)
There is wrong teaching, perhaps some from good intention
- people don’t like to hurt feelings, so it’s easier to tell someone something that is easier to take, easier to understand, instead of the TRUTH!
Babel: people knew who God was, and mistakenly thought this would be worship, even though they pointed to themselves for the glory
Churches and camps: many disobey the plain truth and commands, and we need to correct

Somewhere in between

Encounter Christ - everyone will or has
Stumble, take a look, make a choice
May 5, 2002 - I chose to trust Christ, His offer of salvation was clear
Personally - we must recognize that choice
You know: Date of birth - Accepting Christ (Date of death - TBD)
Date of death - TBD
Q: DO you know that you have stopped, repented, trusted Christ?
John: “Born again?” (some young, some old, some other)
Speaking of “stumble” - God doesn’t give up on us when we do

Church

In our society
People reject the cornerstone
:4-7
Want name for themselves -
We build our own way - pride is at the top of our values
(REM - disciple is humble, selfless, polar opposite)
We make our foundation OURSELF - NOT CHRIST
Our pride blocks the view of Christ for others
We MUST make sure people see THE CORNERSTONE
(17 x 6 x 3, weighing a ton or more)
UNMISTAKABLE - not stepped over, but stumbled on
Someone meeting you should meet Christ, CAN’T MISS CHRIST!

The Race - Will End

Where will you finish? Hebrew 9:27,
One His right? On His left?
If someone meets you, or comes to visit here:
Will you help them run the race that Christ desires?
Will you point them to Christ?
TRUTH: When the truth runs counter to popular thought, we are ridiculed.
This is all true
41% of people believe people and dinos lived together, at same time
(41% of the people are RIGHT!)
Most believe languages evolved, that people groups (RACES) evolved, and perhaps are still evolving - (VERY RACIST)
Most people believe in a “heaven” while very few believe in “hell”
Can’t truly believe in one without the other
TRUTH can be hard to accept, but it’s still true

(CLOSE WITH ILLUSTRATION USING THE START AND FINISH)

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