Summary: It sounds like a cliché, but it’s true that one person really can change the world. In fact, that’s exactly what God wants to do through you … change your world. Like Noah, God has a very specific call on your life that if heeded, can change your world
God’s Call to Change the World Part 1
Sunday, July 1, 2007
The Life of Noah: Hearing God’s Call
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But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.
Genesis 6:8 (NKJV)
Welcome to Gateway Bible Church. Today we are starting a new message series entitled, “God’s Call to Change the World”. Over the next few weeks in July we’re going to be looking at the life of Noah and how God called and used him to change the world.
In the movie, “Evan Almighty”, Evan Baxter has been elected to congress on his promise to change the world and has recently moved his family to Northern Virginia. God, (played by Morgan Freeman) appears to Evan Baxter (played by Steve Carrell) and tells him that He has chosen Evan to build an ark to save people from a coming flood.
(Play Clip: ea_clip_2)
I know that it sounds like a cliché, but it’s true that one person really can change the world. In fact, that’s exactly what God wants to do through you … change your world. Like Noah, God has a very specific call on your life that if heeded, can change your world for the better.
So if God has really (and I mean really) called us to be difference makers and world changers, just where do we start? And how does it all work? Enter the real and (I might add) the original Noah. Noah is a terrific example of how God calls and uses us to change the world. And the very first thing that I know about Noah is found in Genesis 6:9:
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among
the people of his time, and he walked with God.
Genesis 6:9 (NIV)
God’s call on Noah’s life to be a world changer started first with the call on his life to walk closely in fellowship with Him. And the same goes for us. God’s call for us the change the world starts with His call to walk with him. (God has to first change us before He can use us to change the world.)
So, the 1st Component of God’s Call on Your Life to Change the World is the Call to Walk With Him.
From the account of Noah in Genesis 6-7, God’s Call to Walk With Him Involves Three Essential Steps:
God’s Call to Walk With Him Involves . . .
1. Stepping Out of the Dark and Into the Light.
The first essential step in walking with God is to step out of the darkness and into the light.
Noah had to take that step. And it’s a very big one to say the least. Notice if you will, verse eleven in Genesis six:
Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence.
Genesis 6:11 (NIV)
In fact, listen to how the preceding verses describe the culture and environment in which Noah and his family lived:
5 The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. 6 The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. 7 So the LORD said, "I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth--men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air--for I am grieved that I have made them."
Genesis 6:5-7 (NIV)