This last week we worked through the Babel narrative in Genesis 11 and discovered the clear principle that human ambition for glory leads to judgment and division. But when we zoomed out to the large context of redemptive history we see that God's ambition leads to salvation and reconciliation. God is gathering a people for his name from every tribe, tongue, people and nation. The question we must ask ourselves is, "God's heart is for the nations... is mine?" Christ's church must be marked by unity, love, and humility. There is no place for an attitude of racial superiority among those who are made in God's image, united in Christ, and part of the same spiritual family. We must show the world what Christ-centered unity looks like, and we must tell them the message of Christ that makes such unity possible.
The peace and unity the world longs for is impossible where sin reigns. It is unavoidable when Christ reigns.
Listen to The Scattering of the Nations at Babel
PREPARING TO HEAR
This week's sermon will be from Genesis 12. Take some time to prayerfully read our text before Sunday. Consider the following questions as you read:
- How does the call of Abraham contrast the Babel narrative in ch11?
- What responsibilities does God give Abram? What part is God's responsibility?
- What does Abram's response reveal?
- How do these promises affect us today? What other promises from God call for our faith?
Pray that God would speak to us through His word so that our hearts are moved towards faith and worship and obedience.
PREPARING TO SING
Below are the songs we will singing together on Sunday. Use this as a resource to learn unfamiliar songs, to meditate on Christ-centered truth throughout the week, and teach your children songs that will fill their minds and shape their hearts.