Summary: This sermon deals with the purpose of our church as well as our purpose as Christians in reaching others for Christ. (Video version available at our web site at www.glenvillenewlife.com)
Our Purpose Is The Reason
If you were going to build a huge ship, where would you most likely start to build it? God wanted to build the largest ship, the world had seen to date. He had a purpose, which was to save a remnant of the life God had created. God called Noah to build this ship. Noah lived in a desert area, with no large body of water anywhere around him. God spoke to Him to build this ship.
Noah started to build because he had a purpose. He desired to obey God. This was not a typical boat or ship in design. It was more like a huge block. It was longer than a football field, it was twice as wide as this sanctuary, and it was three stories high. When people asked Noah what on earth he was building, and he told them, they laughed.
They laughed for three reasons. 1) What good is a boat without any water to float it in? 2) They laughed at the idea that God would destroy the world because of their wrongdoing. 3) They laughed because they had never heard of this thing called rain. Before the flood, the earth was watered by a mist coming from the ground. Noah ignored their laughs and ridicule because he had a purpose. He built this huge ship exactly has God told him to build it.
It was a joke to see him, his family, and all the animals go into the ark without a drop of water in sight. But then God shut the door. For seven days nothing happened. People partied, laughed and carried on. But all of a sudden on the 17th day of the second month, Geysers of water shot up from the land, and clouds formed in the sky releasing a torrential down pour.
People came running to the ark, but it was all in vain. The flooding was nothing like the world had ever seen. It poured rained 24/7 for for forty days. The water from under the ground continued to shoot up for 110 more days. It was 150 days before the rain came down.
Why did Noah pour all this time, money, and labor into this project. He had a purpose. He had faith that God was going to do exactly what God said he would do. God said judgment is coming upon this world, and people needed to be prepared for it. His purpose was to save humanity. In doing exactly what God told him to do, Noah saved his life and the lives of those closest to him.
We live in a world very similar to the one of Noah’s day. The bible says of his generation the Lord saw how evil and disobedient people had become with their hearts constantly on not only doing wrong, but finding new ways to do it. Jesus said, they were living under the delusion that life was going to go on forever as it had always done, right up until the day, the flood came.
Have you ever seen a situation in which someone did something wrong to someone else and it made you so upset if you could have did something to the one doing the wrong you would have? God has placed within each one of us the notion of their being a judgment for wrong that has been committed. Each one of us has a responsibility to live a life, that will be judged by God. The bad news is that all of us have already enough sin or wrong doing , to face God’s judgment which will take us to death and ultimately to the lake of fire.
The good news is that simply by having faith in Jesus Christ, who was and is the very Son of God, we can become a new person and fall under God’s love and mercy. Even though we still have sin, we have someone else who will pay the penalty for the wrong we have done. In becoming a new person, God expects our lives to change now. God’s desire is for everyone to experience this change.
That is why in our New Testament reading it says 2 Cor. 5:18-20 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
Basically, God has made it possible for us to have a real relationship to Him, and God has given us a ministry to let others know the same is possible for them. We are called ambassadors. An ambassador can only do is job, when he or she is sent to the place to which he or she has been appointed. Where do you expect to find the American Ambassador to Nigeria. The ambassador represents the country from which he or she comes from.