When Oceans Rise | Part 2 | Cloudy With a 100% Chance of Rain 12 Nov
Have you ever stood up for something, only to find you were standing alone? In the middle of evil and unbelief, Noah trusted God and persevered in his faith, alone. When the day came for God’s judgment to fall, he and his family were saved. Join us as we continue in part 2 of our series, “When Oceans Rise: Cloudy With a 100% Chance of Rain”. #GCWhenOceansRise
9 This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, the only blameless person living on earth at the time, and he walked in close fellowship with God. 10 Noah was the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
11 Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence. 12 God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt. 13 So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth!
Genesis 6:14–22 (NLT)
14 “Build a large boat from cypress wood and waterproof it with tar, inside and out. Then construct decks and stalls throughout its interior. 15 Make the boat 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. 16 Leave an 18-inch opening below the roof all the way around the boat. Put the door on the side, and build three decks inside the boat—lower, middle, and upper.
17 “Look! I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die. 18 But I will confirm my covenant with you. So enter the boat—you and your wife and your sons and their wives. 19 Bring a pair of every kind of animal—a male and a female—into the boat with you to keep them alive during the flood. 20 Pairs of every kind of bird, and every kind of animal, and every kind of small animal that scurries along the ground, will come to you to be kept alive. 21 And be sure to take on board enough food for your family and for all the animals.”
22 So Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.
Genesis 7:1-5 (NLT)
Hebrews 11:7 (NLT)
Matthew 24:37-39 (NLT)
Start talking. Find a conversation starter for your group.
Have you been caught in a flood? Were you in your home or a car? How did you feel as you saw the waters rising?
Start sharing. These questions are to help get your group thinking and to create openness.
Why do so many people doubt the account of Noah and his ark? Do you believe it happened? If so, why?
Read Genesis 6:9-13. According to v.9, what caused Noah to be saved from the flood?
Read Genesis 6:14-22. Have you ever been to the Ark Encounter? What was your impression of it? How did all the animals of the world fit into the ark?
What did God mean in v.18 when He said that He would confirm his covenant with Noah? Do you have a covenant with God?
Read Genesis 7:1-5. Discuss the phrase, “Noah did everything exactly as God had commanded him.” What challenges did Noah face in obeying God’s command? What challenges are you facing today in doing what God has told you to do?
Read Hebrews 11:7. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith. What does that statement mean?
Put yourself in the ark about a week after the rain started. How do you think Noah felt in that moment? How did his wife and sons feel? Relate their feeling to your salvation today.
Read Matthew 24:37-39. What was the mindset of the people of Noah’s day before the flood? How is that similar to today?
Start doing. Commit to a step and live it out this week.
Each day, recommit yourself to your obedience to God in following His commands for your life, even amidst trials, waiting, and discouragement.
Start praying. Be bold and pray with power.
Father, we praise you and thank you that you have revealed yourself to us and given us a way to be forgiven for our sins. Please help us to boldly share this message of hope and salvation with others, that our words and actions are full of salt and light, and that we are ready when you return. Amen.