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God's Great Salvation (Genesis 8:1-19) - Noah

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June 16, 2024 8:00 am

God's Great Salvation (Genesis 8:1-19) - Noah

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June 16, 2024 8:00 am

Despite our sin, God provides a great salvation.

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All right. Can we praise God for all the fathers and the father figures around Mercy Hill Church? We are a church that has been blessed by incredible godly men around this church. And I just think about even looking at stats from a few years ago where it said that if a dad doesn't go to church regularly, one in 50 kids grow up to attend church regularly. But if a dad does attend church regularly with his family, it's between two-thirds and three-quarters of kids that grow up and attend church regularly.

Why? Because dads matter. Dads matter. You make a difference.

The way that you lead, the value that you place on spiritual things, on being at church, on being part of God's family and following him, it matters. It's a high calling, men. But let me tell you, you're not alone in it.

Okay? You're not alone in it. None of us are. We have a good father. We have a spirit that is with us, God's spirit with us, in us. We have the church alongside of us. And in all of those things, we praise God that we can have success as fathers, knowing that he is a good father in all things. And that as we make mistakes, he is still good.

Right? Let's praise God again for that. And as we think about this chapter 8 of Genesis that we're going to jump into in the series of Noah, I was thinking about Father's Day a little bit.

And as a father, let me ask the dads, this will apply for moms too, but have you ever had that moment when your kid comes to you with a problem and you realize you have no solution? I knew it was coming. Honestly, I knew it was coming.

I didn't know it would come this quickly for me, but I knew it was coming. I think about this with my daughter. She is in second grade, my middle child in second grade. And she is in English class in second grade. And whoever invented English class decided that they wanted to torture parents in some form or fashion.

Because the English language in a lot of ways makes no sense when we think about how words are formed. I'm thinking, she comes to me, she's got questions about English and questions about parts of speech and what are the different parts of speech. And I'm thinking to myself, I have a master's degree, I've written essays, I've written all kinds of papers, but I cannot tell you what an adverb is. I don't know. And so at that point, I'm like, hey, you either got to go ask your brother who does know these things because apparently he's smarter than me already.

Or you got to go watch the conjunction junction videos that I grew up watching. So one or the other, right? One or the other.

I was out of my league in that question. There's problems that we don't have the answer to, right? And it's funny in some of those moments, but it actually gets pretty serious in other moments. Parents, think about that moment that your child gets made fun of for the first time. Think about the moment when they get their heart broken, the moment when they get sick and you can't fix it. See, the hard part of being a parent is we have these realizations that there are problems we can't solve, issues we can't fix, despite our best efforts.

You know, it's this truth that I actually believe sets into a reality for each one of us, whether you're a parent or not, it's common to all people. There's problems for which we don't have a solution, problems that we can't outsmart, we can't outspend, we can't outwork to make them right. The chief among them is the problem of sin. Now, there's problems that are caused by sin, like crime issues, addictions, but ultimately we have this problem of sin, that we have hearts that are in rebellion against God. The problem that while we were created by a good God, a good father who desires a perfect relationship with each one of us, we chose to rebel, to walk our own way, to choose our own path. And in choosing our own way, we separated ourselves from the God who made us, the God who loves us.

Here's the problem, we can't fix it. We've created a problem that we can't solve, that, you know, this is what we've been walking through in the story of Noah. We're all guilty of sin, we're all deserving of destruction, right? That we should be more amazed that anybody was saved than that the world was destroyed.

We've all rebelled against the God who created us, terrible news. But the good news that we're going to see today is that we do have a good father who provides a solution to the greatest problem that we've ever faced. Despite our sin, God provides a great salvation. Despite our sin, God provides a great salvation.

This is our big idea for this weekend. And what we're going to see today is that this great salvation gives us strength to walk through each season of our lives and gives us hope for the life to come. So if you're new to the faith, you're checking things out, man, we're really, really glad that you're here. I want you to lean in because the story of Noah is not just a story of destruction, but a story of deliverance.

And it's not just deliverance of a family a long time ago, it's deliverance of you today. If you've been around church a long time, I think the reminders that we'll get from the story today will help us to remember God's great salvation, no matter the circumstances that we're walking through. So we're going to read some pieces of the passage. I'm not going to read through the whole passage, but we're going to pick up pieces of it and learn what we can apply to our lives today. But let me give you a little bit of context of where we've been in this series of Noah going through the book of Genesis. Again, we're in Genesis chapter 8 today.

We'll pick up in verse 1. But Genesis chapter 6 is really where we started. What we saw in Genesis chapter 6 is that the earth was filled with corruption, filled with corruption, that the mind of man, the heart of man was on evil continually. Yet there was a man called Noah, and Noah found grace. He found favor in the eyes of God. We see that it wasn't because of his works, but it was because of God's favor. All right, so he was called by God to build an ark, an ark likely in the middle of a desert where it hadn't rained.

Makes a lot of sense, right? Noah builds this ark. The animals and Noah's family, they get in the ark. God closes the door, and then the rains came, the flood over the earth, the destruction of everything that wasn't in the ark.

And we'll pick up here in chapter 8, verse 1. But God remembered Noah and all the beasts and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind blow over the earth, and the waters subsided. The fountains of the deep and the windows of the heavens were closed.

The rain from the heavens was restrained, and the waters receded from the earth continually. I want us to hone in on the first words of verse 1. But God, but God, this is a change in the narrative. We've seen Genesis 6 to Genesis 7.

This is a change in what is going on. It was this way, but God. We've moved from destruction to deliverance. Remember a few weeks ago, God was grieved. His heart was broken over man's sin, his corruption. So God determines to bring upon man what he deserved.

Complete, deserved destruction. Listen, I know I'm spending a lot of time on this, but the reason why is I want us to understand that no person stands neutral with God. There is not this passive neutrality that we have with God. It is either destruction or deliverance.

It is either rebellion or surrender. We can't live in this middle ground with God. We have to make a choice. And see, we're all guilty of sin. We've all chose our own way over God's way. The Bible says if we're guilty of one, we're guilty of all. We're separated from God.

We are deserving of this destruction. But God. But God remembered Noah. And God remembers you and I. God remembers, okay, remembers. It means that God extends mercy to someone.

It is an action-oriented word. It's not that God forgot Noah. Like God was busy over here and he just, you know, he forgot about Noah. He forgot like that Noah existed, forgot what was going on in the world. He was just busy with something else. That's not what's going on here. This remembering, again, is an action-oriented word.

It is God calling Noah to mind for the sake of acting on his behalf for Noah's good. It's like this. As a parent, your child's riding a bike around, okay? They're riding a bike around. You hear the screaming. You hear the crash. They've got blood all over their leg. They've got a scraped knee, everything going on.

Now, what parent would look at their child that is weeping covered in blood beside this broken bicycle and say, just get over it? I mean, maybe somebody. I don't know. I hope not. I hope not, right?

I hope not. What kind of parent would say, just get over it. I don't have time. I don't have time for you.

Just get over it. No, what would a parent do? You hear your child screaming. You see their tears. You see the blood.

What do you do? You remember them. It's not that you had forgotten them, but your love for them swells up in you to say, I'm compassionate and it's moving me towards action for them. You run over there. You help them. You dry their tears. You mend their wound. And if you're me, you tell them to get back on the bike, right?

Get back on the bike and get going, okay? You love them in every moment, but remembering them, the concept of this is that my heart is drawn to them towards action in this moment. God hasn't forgotten you. He remembers you. He is moved with compassion towards you. Well, how do we know that? Well, in the Bible, we have witnessed the greatest act of compassion that the world has ever seen.

And it was an act that was made for you. There's another but God. That's a very famous but God in the New Testament. And we're going to read through this passage because I think it helps us to understand this transition, this transition. Previous to this, we see man's deadness in his sin, our separation from God. But in Ephesians 2, verse 4, the words will be on the screen. But God, transition.

Something's changing. Being rich in mercy because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ. By grace, you have been saved. And raised us up with Him. And seated us with Him in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Why did He do that?

So that in the coming ages, He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace and kindness towards us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2 is saying, hey, we were deservedly separated. We were dead. We were dead in our trespasses. Dead men can't walk, right? We can't get to God.

Can't do enough. Deservedly separated from Him. Headed towards eternal destruction. But God. But God.

He loved us so much that He sent Jesus to enter into the creation, His perfect Son, to live this perfect life that we couldn't live, to die the death that we deserved on the cross, to raise from the grave three days later so that instead of destruction, we could receive eternal life. But God. But God signals a change in our story. Not just His story. Our story.

Today. You and I here. God intervenes in our lives and changes everything about how we live through this life and about where we're going for eternity. It was this way. It was destruction apart from God. But God made it this way. Salvation from the destruction deliverance with Him. And this truth, it really sets the tone for how we think about Noah's time in the ark and for the Christian's time here on earth.

All right? So God remembers Noah. God remembers Noah. And what you see in that first section of Scripture in verse 1 that the waters receded, that God does this supernatural act through natural creation. The waters recede from the earth. But it's not a snap your fingers and Noah's off the boat. It's not a, hey, you've been saved. World's been destroyed. God could have done this in 24 hours if He wanted to. But He didn't.

Let's see what happens. The end of verse 3, it says, at the end of 150 days, the waters had abated. And in the seventh month, on the 17th day of the month, the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. And the waters continued to abate until the tenth month.

In the tenth month, on the first day of the month, the tops of the mountains were seen. Jump down to verse 10. Noah sent out a dove out of the ark. He says he waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. Then he waited another seven days and sent forth the dove, for she did not return to him anymore. Interesting word there.

What? Multiple times you hear the word waited. He waited. Noah had been saved from the storm, but he had not yet seen the full deliverance of God from the flood. Theologians kind of, they do the math on this. I don't know if you want to get mathematicians or theologians or kind of a blend of both doing the math on this, but they estimate that one solar year, 365 days elapsed from the time of the start of the flood to when Noah actually sees all the water dissipate.

365 days. Noah's in a waiting period. This part of the story of Noah is really a picture of the Christian life here on earth. If you've trusted in Christ, you've been saved from sin. You've experienced this but God moment, trusting in Christ, seeing his compassion poured out on you and responding in faith. You are what the Bible calls a new creation.

Sin has no authority in your life. And yet, our full deliverance from its effect is still to come. It's still ahead. Theologians coined this as the already and not yet. Christians are living between the already and the not yet. We're living between the already salvation in Christ and the not yet fullness of his coming kingdom. The not yet fullness of his coming kingdom.

We're in a waiting period. Now think about this illustration of this. I saw this video the other day. I don't know how many of you all watch baseball. I don't watch a whole lot. People ask me if I'm a fan.

I'm like, I don't watch enough to be a fan. But I saw this video clip the other day about this professional baseball player. He is out on the field. He's a runner on second base. And all of a sudden, he starts getting called by the manager and getting called off the field.

And he's looking around like, what are you? I'm on second base. I'm supposed to be running.

No one's out. What's going on? They call him off the field. And they start talking to him about something and everything. And then all of a sudden, he gets his bag, gets his bats, and he walks out of the whole stadium. And what happened and what they found out afterwards is mid-game, while on second base, this player was traded to another team. I'm like, how awful is that?

Imagine you being in a business meeting and you're doing a presentation and somebody walk in and be like, hey, man, it's been really fun. You've done a great job. But we had this guy over here that offered us seven bags of Cheetos. And so we've made the trade.

You're not going to be able to do this anymore. It would be terrible. I'm like, this guy's stuck on second base, and then he's traded. He's sent away.

You think about this, though, as we relate it to what we're talking about today. Going from death to life, salvation, you've traded teams. You traded teams in a good way, right? Everything has been signed. The paperwork's been done.

It's finished. But just like the player, when he walked out of that stadium, he was already part of the other team. But he hadn't got to the stadium yet.

He hadn't fully experienced what it was going to be like to be on that team moving forward. In our lives as Christians, the papers are signed, right? If you've trusted Christ, name written down, Lamb Book of Life, New of Creation, Old Passed Away, all things new. So you think about that in your life, but the fullness of it, the fullness of it is yet to come. It's yet to come. We're looking forward to it.

We're headed somewhere. But how do we wait well? How do we wait well? And I think there's three thoughts that I want to pull out of this passage for us in waiting well. Waiting well. The first thing, look back.

Look back. What's interesting to note about this passage is it is actually what you don't see in it. In chapter 6, God spoke to Noah, gave him instructions to build the ark. In chapter 7, God closes the door.

He shuts him in. But the same time that God closed the door, for 365 days, there is no record of God speaking to Noah. Can you imagine being Noah? You follow God's instructions. You build an ark in spite of everybody calling you an idiot. You get onto it with your family, with all these animals. Hey, we're not talking about like Carnival Cruise Line here.

It's not like all you can eat food all the time, yoga class, the casino. That's not this, right? That's not this. If you were to look outside, it's not tropical islands. It's likely corpses of animals that are destroyed by the flood. On top of that, it would seem he hasn't heard God's voice in a year. Noah was in a prime spot to be depressed, to question, to be discouraged.

Have you ever been there? Now, I want to be clear that we have God's Spirit with us. He does speak to us primarily through applying His Word to our hearts. But I also want us to know that just because we don't feel like we're hearing from God doesn't mean He's not at work. God is at work whether we feel it or not.

Whether we feel it or not. You see, we as the reader, we get this insight that God has remembered him, that He's actively working to receive the waters for Noah's deliverance. So what do we do when we don't feel like we see God moving in the way that we thought He would?

When we get discouraged by circumstances like poor health or job loss or addiction that you can't seem to get by or disappointments that come with His life, what do we do in the midst of all that? We look back and we remember God's compassion. Noah could remember Genesis 6 where the whole world was corrupt and yet God had favor on him and saved him. We remember that while Noah was on the boat, there's destruction all around. God's at work. That's what we can see right here in this passage. God's pouring out His compassion on Noah. That same God is pouring out His compassion on us. When we're in the waiting, when we're discouraged, we look back at the work of Christ and His resurrection as a reminder that God is still pouring out His compassion on us.

He has and He is. Don't forget, in the waiting, don't forget to look back. Don't forget to look back. He has already proven His love for you.

He has already proven that He's enough. Second thing, look around. Look around. So we look back while we're waiting. Waiting well, we look back. The second thing, we look around.

We look around. What was Noah doing in the waiting? What was he doing in the waiting?

We can get a little bit of insight, but we can also probably make some pretty general assumptions about what was going on. Noah was likely feeding the animals because animals need to get fed, right? Now, if it was me, there's certain animals that I probably wouldn't have fed, and I would have been fine with them not coming off the ark. But Noah, Noah, in full obedience, he fed all the animals, right? He's spending time with his family. He's investing in them. He's keeping the ark clean. He's keeping it maintained so it stays seaworthy. What we do see is we see Noah sending out a raven, sending out a couple of doves.

These were likely common navigational practices for sailors during that time to figure out how close they were to land. What we can reason is that Noah was doing the everyday task as an act of obedience to the God who saved him. I think that speaks to us today. As we are saved, but we are waiting on Jesus' return. God has placed you in this place and this time for a purpose. God doesn't waste your waiting. He doesn't waste it. If God is sovereign, if He is over all things, then you are here for a reason.

God has good works for you to walk in for His glory. One of the things I think we want to do as a culture, I think individuals, we want to rush through the season always in a hurry to get to the next. Always about the next thing.

Always about what's happening ahead. I think our social media smartphone world has only increased the lack of patience that we have and appreciation that we have for the season that we're in. Think about this, until 1837, 1837 the telegraph was invented. Until 1837, information could only move as fast as people could move it. People, it took people moving it, okay? And then everything changed.

And the flood of information since the smartphone eclipses anything over like thousand year periods that we're seeing come out. And it leaves us, it comes so fast, it leaves us hurried and worried and anxious about what's next and we miss out on the season that God has. Are you hurried? Are you so anxious to get out of your present circumstances that you're missing what God has for you in the waiting? God has good things to do in you and through you. This is why at Mercy Hill we say you were made for more.

You hear that all the time here. You were made for more. God has given you purpose in the waiting, not to gain more possessions, not to get more money, not to have more success or status and worldly fame. It's more than that.

It's better than that. It's about the impact that God can make in you and through you. In your waiting, God wants to build your faith and He wants to see others come to faith.

He wants you to know Him and He wants you to make Him known. That's why you're here. That's why you're here. Often though, He does this through the everyday, unspectacular task. The everyday, unspectacular task. We're a society who loves the big. We love all of the big stuff going on.

Anything bigger, brighter, better, we want it. But it's the everyday, unspectacular task that make a difference in the world. Things like reading your Bible and praying every day. You're not going to get a whole lot of recognition for that.

It's not flashy, but it matters. Things like serving in Mercy Hill Kids, serving on teams at the weekend, things like serving at Kids Week coming up this week, things like being a part of a community group or leading a community group, like going to the weekend or taking the pathway of growth here, the flywheel of growth here at Mercy Hill, by jumping in and saying, hey, I'm going to get plugged in. I'm going to go to the weekender. I'm going to start serving.

I'm going to get into a group. I'm going to give and be generous, and I'm going to go on mission in my neighborhood and to the nations. Nothing big, nothing spectacular, small steps, but those unspectacular things God uses to grow you in immense ways, immense ways. One pastor says that this life is a long obedience in the same direction, a long obedience in the same direction. Don't despise the everyday, unspectacular task that God has given you. There's a purpose. There's a purpose for your good, for His glory. He wants to grow you.

He wants to use you through it that others may know Him to. All right, so we look back. We look around.

Last thing, we look ahead. Interesting thing about this passage, Noah didn't get out of the boat on his own timeline. He didn't get out of the boat on his own timeline. In verse 4, the ark comes to rest, and they would suggest, theologians would suggest, there's between 30 and 65 days that Noah remained on the ark after it had come to rest. He stayed on the ark. He sends out the raven, the dove twice. He's looking ahead, but he doesn't get out of the boat until something happens in verse 15.

Let's read it. Then God said to Noah, Go out from the ark, you and your wife and your sons and your son wives with you. Bring out with you every living thing that is with you of all flesh, birds and animals and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, that they may swarm on the earth and be fruitful and multiply on the earth. So Noah went out and his sons and his wife and his sons' wives with them. Every beast, every creeping thing, every bird, everything that moves on the earth, went out by families from the ark. Again, some of you all probably wish the creeping things were left off, but they're here.

They're here. So what happens? God speaks. God speaks. And when God speaks, Noah experiences the fullness of being delivered from the flood.

He and every living thing with him exit out of the boat into a fresh start. What is the picture of the new creation? The new creation is a pattern for us to look at for where we're headed to in eternity. But the picture of this new start is still flawed.

It's still flawed. One pastor asked this question that I'll ask rhetorically of you. What went into the ark with Noah? I was thinking animals, people, food, tools. What else went into the ark with Noah? Sin. Sin.

And that's the problem. Sin went into the ark with Noah and it came out with him too. But if we look ahead, there's another day coming. See, through the gospel, this imperfect picture of recreation through Noah will come true perfectly in Christ. While Noah carried our sin out with him when he exited the ark, Jesus defeated our sin on the cross, claimed victory over it when he exited the grave. While Noah's fresh start was flawed by his sin, Jesus' new creation will be flawless.

Flawless. Made new. One day Jesus will return and speak. And destruction will fall on those who are in rebellion against him. But deliverance will come for all who have trusted in him for salvation. At least our application today, trust God for your present salvation and your future deliverance. Trust him for your present salvation.

What's going on today? And for your future deliverance, where you're headed. Let me talk to the believers in the room.

If you're being honest, is this season one of difficulty for you in the waiting? One of trial, one of discouragement. Look back. His compassion has been poured out for you on the cross. Ask him to grow you, to use you in the trial that you're walking through, for the good of others, for your good, for the glory of him. And look ahead for a day when pain will be no more. And suffering will not exist. Other believers, are you in a season of wondering? Season of apathy, maybe.

Maybe a season of a sin struggle. I want to encourage you that God has purpose for you to walk in. That there is freedom in him. For freedom, Christ has set you free.

Think about the magnitude of where you deserve to be. But God, he poured out his compassion on you. He loves you. Let that fuel you to take the steps of leaning into him and his purposes to know him, to make him know. If it's a sin issue, confess it to him.

He's faithful and just to forgive you of your sins. I want to encourage you to step into whatever God has for you in this season of waiting. Don't waste it. Don't waste the waiting. God has you here for a purpose.

Walk in it. Hey, if you're an unbeliever, if you're here and you're like, man, if I'm being honest with you, I've been checking things out, I haven't yet trusted in Jesus as my savior. We're glad you're here. God brought you here. I want to talk directly to you for a moment. Because honestly, I believe that today could be your but God moment. Today is the day that you can go from being separated from God by your sin to being brought close to him by faith in Jesus. From rebellion to child.

Brought into his family. Here's what I want you to hear. So if you're here and you're like, man, I'm not a believer. I haven't trusted in Jesus yet.

Here's what I want you to hear. But God means that while we are separated from him because of our sin, he did all the work to save us through Jesus payment for our sin on the cross. Your best good works will not be enough to save you. But your worst sin is not bad enough to keep him from saving you.

God did all the work through Christ's resurrection. He's got power over death itself. Power to give you new life. He's inviting you. He's offered the invitation to you to say, hey, you were in rebellion. I want to make you child.

You didn't want anything to do with me, but I came for you. So how do you enter into this relationship with Jesus? It's by faith. Your works aren't good enough.

They never will be. But man, does he love you, and he did the work for you. Trust Jesus Christ as your savior and Lord.

Surrender your life to him. Hey, if you're here and you're wrestling with this, you're like, man, I'm not sure where I'm at with this. Let me ask you a couple of questions.

I just want to encourage you to answer these quietly to yourself. Do you believe that Jesus has done everything necessary to save you? Do you believe that if you're here and you're like, man, I'm not sure. I'm not sure if I've trusted Jesus yet.

Like, man, I feel like God's doing a work in my heart. Do you believe he's done everything necessary to save you? That you were a center apart from him. You couldn't do anything to make it right.

Problem you couldn't solve. And he solved it through Jesus' perfect life, his death on the cross, his resurrection. Do you believe that he's done everything necessary to save you?

Second question. Will you follow him as Lord of your life? Will you follow him as Lord of your life? Will you say, hey, I want to choose him over my sin. I want to surrender my life to him. If you're here and you're like, man, I've been kind of on the fence. I've been trying to figure this thing out.

But I would say yes to those questions. Then the Bible would say you're saved. Like you're a believer. You've trusted in Christ.

And maybe that's the first time that you've ever done that is today. I want to praise God with you. I want to praise God with you. Because you've gone from death to life. It's not your works.

It's trusting in him. Let today be the day of your salvation. If you're here and you're like, man, today is the day of my salvation. For the first time maybe in my life, I would say yes to those two questions. What I want to do is I want us to just bow our heads for a moment.

Everybody in the room. And if that's you and you're like, man, I'm here. I said yes to those questions maybe for the first time.

Today. I want to encourage you. I want to encourage you to pray this prayer of gratitude with me. You can repeat it after me quietly or you can repeat it out loud. But if you're here and you're like, I've trusted in Jesus.

I said yes to those questions for the first time today. I want to encourage you to pray this prayer after me. Just a prayer of gratitude for what God has done through saving you today. Father, I know that I'm a sinner. And I thank you that Jesus did everything to save me. I choose Jesus over my sin. I surrender my life to you. I pray that you would grow me in loving you and making an impact for your kingdom. In Jesus' name, amen. Hey, if that's you, I just want to celebrate that with you.

Hey, can we just celebrate that across the room? Praise God. Praise God. You've got a church family all around you. We celebrate when things like this happen.

Because it matters. It matters today and it matters for eternity. Now, I want to encourage you. If you're here and you trusted in Christ, I want to encourage you to grab this card. Okay, actually, everybody around, just grab this card right in front of you. It's on your seat.

It's been on your seat when you came in. One of the things that we celebrate at Mercy Hill is baptism. Baptism is a proclamation publicly of what God has done in your heart. It's saying publicly to the world that I have trusted in Jesus for my salvation. He's Lord of my life. I've gone from death to life.

I'm His. And you know what we do as a church when we see people baptized in these waters? We go crazy. We celebrate. We shout.

We clap. We praise Him. Because it's a profession of the work of His miracle in your life. The miracle of salvation. If you're here today, you trusted in Christ, we'd love to have a conversation with you about your next step. About how you can grow in your relationship with Jesus. About baptism.

Fill out this card and turn it in. On your way out. We want to have that conversation with you. If you're here and you're like, man, I haven't been baptized.

I trusted Jesus a while back. Still, let's have the conversation. Let's give God glory in your life, publicly, for what He's done.

Alright? I want to invite everybody to stand up. We're going to have a time of worship. We're singing one of my favorite songs, O but God. As we think about this song, I just want to let you guys know that the altar is open.

The altar is open. Maybe you're here and you're like, man, I'm that discouraged believer and I just need to come up front. I just need to give these things to the Lord because I've been discouraged and I just want to share my heart. Pour my heart out to the Lord.

I want to think about looking back and looking ahead. Maybe you're here and you're like, man, I place faith in Christ and I just want to come forward and I just want to pray at the altar today. Maybe you're here and you're like, man, I've got a sin issue that I just need to bring before the Lord. I need to confess it, knowing that He is good. Knowing that He is faithful. Knowing that He is for me. Maybe there's other people that you need to pray for that are in the waiting as well.

But I want to encourage us to sing this song as we think about O but God. Where were we without Him? Where are we now? And where are we headed?
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