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Summary: This is the first in a series called "Glimpses of Grace", preceeding Christmas that looks at examples of Christ our Redeemer in the Old Testament.

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SERIES: GLIMPSES OF GRACE

TITLE I: CHRIST OUR ARK OF SAFETY

TEXT: GENESIS 7:23-24

INTRODUCTION:

A. MAN HAD GOTTEN WORSE AFTER CAIN KILLED ABEL.

B. GOD IN HIS DETERMINED TO DESTROY ALL MEN.

1. THE CREATOR CAN DO AS HE PLEASES WITH THE CREATION.

C. NOAH FOUND GRACE IN THE EYES OF THE LORD!!!

1. PERFECT IN ALL OF HIS GENERATIONS= BLAMELESS

a. NOT SINLESS

D. GOD COMISSIONED THE ARK.

E. ALL OUTSIDE THE ARK PERISHED.

F. THOSE IN THE ARK WERE SAVED.

TRANSITIONAL STATEMENT:

THE ARK IS AN O.T. TYPE OF CHRIST. YOU MYST BE IN THE ARK TO SURVIVE!!!!

I. THERE IS COMING ANOTHER DAY OF JUDGEMENT.

A. NOT BY WATER.

B. BUT BY FIRE.

C. I PETER 3:3-7, “KNOWING THIS FIRST: THAT SCOFFERS WILL COME IN THE LAST DAYS, WALKING ACCORDING TO THEIR OWN LUSTS, AND SAYING, ‘WHERE IS THE PROMISE OF HIS COMING? FOR SINCE THE FATHERS FELL ASLEEP, ALL THINGS CONTINUE AS THEY WERE FROM THE BEGINNING OF CREATION.’ FOR THIS THEY WILLFULLY FORGET; THAT BY THE WORD OF GOD THE HEAVENS WERE OF OLD, AND THE EARTH STANDING IN THE WATER AND OUT OF THE WATER, BY WHICH THE WORLD THAT THEN EXISTED PERISHED, BEING FLOODED WITH WATER. BUT THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH WHICH ARE NOW PRESERVED BY THE SAME WORD, ARE RESERVED FOR FIRE UNTIL THE DAY OF JUDGEMENT AND PERDITION OF UNGODLY MEN.”

1. WILLIINGLY FORGET= IGNORANT ON PURPOSE

II. JUST AS GOD PREPARED AND ARK FOR NOAH,

A. HE HAS PREPARED ONE FOR YOU.

JOHN 3:17, “FOR GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON INTO THE WORLD TO CONDEMN THE WORLD, BUT THAT THE WORLD THROUGH HIM MIGHT BE SAVED.”

1. YOU CAN BE SAVED IN CHRIST!!

a. THERE IS NO OTHER WAY.

III. THERE IS SAFTY IN CHRIST!

A. FROM THE STORM:

1. THE STORMS OF LIFE WILL BLOW!

a. THE WISE MAN AND THE FOOLISH MAN.

b. AN ANCHOR BOTH SURE AND STEADFAST.

B. SAFTY FROM DESTRUCTION:

1. THEY SHALL NEVER PERISH.

2. WATERS SHALL NOT OVERFLOW YOU.

3. FIRE SHALL NOT KINDLE ON YOU.

4. “I HAVE BEEN YOUNG, NOW I AM OLD…”

5. “CAST DOWN BUT NOT DESTROIED…”

C. SAFTY FROM THE DEVIL:

1. GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU…”

D. SAFTY FROM A FALLEN NATURE.

1. BORN AGAIN= A NEW MAN!!!!

E. SAFTY FROM TEMPTATION:

1. I CORINTHIANS 10:13

F. SAFTY FROM HELL:

JOHN 3:16, “FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD THAT HE GAVE HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, THAT WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM SHOULD NOT PERISH BUT HAVE EVERLASTING LIFE.”

IV. EVEN THOUGH NOAH WAS SAFE, NOAH STILL WENT THROUGH THE FLOOD:

A. SAFTY IS NOT THE ABSENCE OF STORMS.

1. IN THIS LIFE YOU SHALL HAVE TRIBULATIONS.

B. SAFTY IS HIS PROTECTION IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STORM.

1. “THOUGH I WALK THROUGH THE VALLY OF THE SHADOW…”

C. SAFTY IS NOT THE ABSENCE OF SCARRY TIMES:

1. IT’S THE ABSENCE OF CRIPPLING FEAR IN SCARRY TIMES.

V. IT WAS NOT THE ARK THAT SAVED NOAH!!

A. IT WAS GOD’S GRACE IN THE ARK THAT SAVED NOAH!!!

B. IT IS GOD’S GRACE THAT WILL KEEP YOU SAFE!!!

C. GRACE UNDESREVED MERCY!!!

1. NOAH DID NOT DESERVE TO BE SAVED.

2. NEITHER DO YOU!!!

VI. NOAH WAS ONLY SAFE WHILE HE WAS IN THE ARK.

A. YOU MUST BE IN CHRIST:

1. “IF ANY MAN BE IN CHRIST, HE IS A NEW CREATURE…”

a. IF NOT CHANGED, NOT IN CHRIST.

2. I JOHN 2:3-4, “NOW BY THIS WE KNOW THAT WE KNOW HIM, IF WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS. HE WHO SAYS ‘I KNOW HIM.’ AND DOES NOT KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS IS A LIAR, AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM.”


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