06/20/10 Do you have what it takes?

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Sunday, June 20, 2010 Under: Sermon

Fathers Day

Text: Genesis 6:1-8 (HCSB)

Hebrews 11:7 (HCSB) “By faith Noah, after being warned about what was not yet seen, in reverence built an ark to deliver his family. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”

Intro: The Southern Baptist Convention that I just attended last week made the comment that boys raised from an ungodly father during the age of 12 thru 21 have a 300% more likely possibility to get in trouble then boys raised from a Godly father. That scares me! In the time of Noah ungodliness ran rapid! This was truly a time when it was very difficult to raise a child in a Godly environment. Well the first question that came to my mind: Has times changed? Is it any easier now raising a child under the admonition of the Lord? Should that be an excuse for not evening trying to raise a child in a Godly home? I hope to challenge that thought today, God believed that Noah had what it takes to persevere through diversity and ungodly pressures of the world.

Application: Do you have what it takes? To be a Godly Father!

1. Noah Walked with God: vs. 8-9

8) “Noah, however, found favor in the eyes of the Lord. 9) These are the family records of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among his contemporaries; Noah walked with God.”

The bible tells us Noah’s greatest accomplishment was what he sacrificed for his family and the faith he clung to! This man was a great father and the father of all now living. As I already mentioned this father was raising a family in a difficult time, this was an age of wickedness and evil thinking, an age of corruption and violence. How did Noah succeed as a father in such a time? NOAH WALKED WITH GOD!

There were some important ingredients in Noah’s salvation, first the work of the Holy Spirit in his life. Contrary to what was happening with those around Noah; the spirit stilled remained in his walk. “Noah found favor in God’s eyes” he began to seek God. He responded to God’s Grace.

Noah came to faith, Noah was a just man declared righteous by faith: “By faith Noah, after being warned about what was not yet seen, in reverence built an ark to deliver his family. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”

His relationship with God was wholehearted (perfect) Consistent in devotional and daily living (he walked with God) Genesis 6:9 (HCSB) “These are the family records of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among his contemporaries; Noah walked with God.”

2. Noah witnessed to others: Hebrews 11:7

“By faith Noah, after being warned about what was not yet seen, in reverence built an ark to deliver his family. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”

Let’s compare God’s descriptions of Noah and his neighbors: Neighbors: corrupt, violent, wicked, evil. Noah: just, perfect (complete), walking with God.

The bible tells us Noah was a righteous man which means for us today you would be very unpopular if you went around and told others of who Christ is. Noah told others of their sins and pointed them to God, but he had no converts outside of his family. Can I say even if that be the case for you today that only your family could be reached by your ministry wouldn’t it be worth it? Do you want to see your family die and go to hell? Some of you fathers could be the only Jesus they see.

How discouraging this must have been for Noah! Nevertheless, he stayed true to God and the work He had given him. His family saw his faithful walk and followed it. There was an ark to be built!

3. Noah Won His Family:  vs. 7:1,7

1) “Then the Lord said to Noah, “Enter the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you [alone] are righteous before Me in this generation. 7) So Noah, his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives entered the ark because of the waters of the deluge.”

“Then the Lord said to Noah, “Enter the ark!” The most important thing he could have done in life, Noah’s family members were his only converts. Not a great preacher, but a great practitioner. Not a great financier, but a great father. What a day for Noah as his entire family entered the ark! God allowed him to enter into a Covenant relationship with Him. The same invitation that God makes for us today!

Conclusion: This Is Not an Easy Time to Be a Father as it was in the days of Noah … God’s grace is sufficient for fathers now as then. May God Enable Us to Win Our Families to Christ: Let us walk with God, Let us keep our witness for Christ consistent and Let us expect our families to follow us in faith.

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