Your Faith and God’s Grace
September 19, 2021 | Jess Rainer
Passage: Genesis 6:1-9:29
Today, we look at the moment when God rebooted creation. God uses your faith to show His grace.
1) The world needs your faith. (vs. 6:5-9) The closer you walk with God the farther He will send you. For some of you, God sending you scares you. The closer to God you get, the less scared you will be that He launch you into the world for His glory. The world needs people who walk closely with God. Walk closely with God. God is ready to use it for His glory. The world needs to see it. The world needs to see your faith.
2) The world needs to see you follow through in your faith. (vs. 6:14-22 and 7:1-16) For some of you, what has God started in your life that He wants to see finished? Maybe it’s something you started 20 years ago or maybe it’s something you started yesterday. What does God want you to finish so that through your faith God’s grace may be shown world? Whatever it is, finish it. Finish it well. Finish it for the glory of God.
3) Your faith points the world to God’s promise. (vs. 9:8-17) What did God accomplish with the flood? His demonstration of mercy and justice. His demonstration of His grief over sin. His demonstration of salvation. To point us to the promises to come. And to point us to a new kind of salvation. Our faith does not save people from their sin. Our faith points people to the One who saves them from their sins.
The follow through of faith is just as important as the first step of faith. You don’t have to be perfect to live out your faith. God isn’t looking for the faith all-stars. God is looking for the available.
What would you do if you knew that “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)? What would you do if you knew that God’s presence was always with you (Psalm 139)? As Christians, we know these statements are true, but often we fail to apply them in a concrete way. Each week of this series unpacks the story of a biblical character living “as if” God's promises are actually true (and they are!).