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Summary: WE ARE LIVING IN A DANGEROUS, FEARFUL TIME COMPARATIVE TO THAT OF NOAH. NOAH LIVED IN VICTORY AND WALKED WITH GOD. GRACE WAS HIS SOURCE OF STRENGTH. FOCUS ON "AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH" AND "NOAH FOUND GRACE"

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GRACE IS WHAT YOU NEED FOR TIMES LIKE THESE

MATT 24:32-39 & GEN 6:5-8

FOCUS - AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH & NOAH FOUND GRACE

I. BREAKING DOWN MATTHEW 24

A. Matt 24 deals with Israel’s future and the second coming of Christ at the end of the tribulation period

B. 3-14 deal with first 3 1/2 years of tribulation

C. 18-28 deal with last 3 1/2 years of tribulation

D. 29-31 deal with the events that take place at the second coming of Christ

E. 32-35 deal with the time frame when these things will begin

F. 36-44 deal with the condition of humanity during this time

G. 45-51 deal with how those who are awaiting Christ’s coming should live

II. THE DAYS OF NOAH

A. Humanity was in a desperate condition before the flood and so will it be before Christ’s return

B. Humanity was exceedingly wicked in thought and imagination

C. Humanity was only concerned about satisfying fleshly desires and pleasures

D. Humanity was extremely violent

E. Humanity was unconcerned about spiritual things

F. Humanity was unbelieving concerning the gospel

G. Humanity was unrepentant concerning sin

III. THIS GENERATION

A. There are several different ways to interpret what Jesus meant by “This generation” and we should not use this as a means of setting dates for Christ’s return

B. Evidently began with the restoration of national Israel on May 8th, 1948

C. “This generation” did not refer to those living during the time Christ

D. “This generation” could refer to those who were alive at the time of Israel’s restoration

E. “This generation” could refer to the continued existence of the Jewish race

F. “This generation” could refer to the spiritual condition of Israel at the time of her restoration

G. Regardless of how you want to look at it, “This generation” does refer to the time in which we live

IV. THE SOURCE OF NOAH’S STRENGTH

A. These are fearful times in which we live, as we progress toward the tribulation it will only get worse

-talk about all the things going on right now, these are the birth pains, the beginning of sorrows

B. How did Noah live such a life of faith and godliness in the midst of this corrupt society?

C. How did Noah deal with the issues at hand from day to day

D. I believe we find the source of Noah’s spiritual and moral strength in one word “GRACE”

V. NOAH FOUND GRACE

A. Jesus prayer for the believer - John 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.

B. God’s assurance to Paul - 2 Cor 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee:

C. These days in which we live are days that demand that we live in the grace of God

D. Grace is getting what we do not deserve, receiving what we do not have

1-grace is an act of divine sovereignty - God took it upon Himself to initiate the plan of salvation, the same grace that saved you will preserve you until He calls you home

2-grace is a supernatural power that will sustain you through what you normally couldn’t handle

3-grace is the hand of God carrying you through life - foot prints in the sand


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