Dr. Lester F. Ayars - February 23, 2014
Lessons from Noah, the Ark and the Flood – Part IV – “The Flood and The Long-suffering Compassion of God”
February 23, 2014 Message Title: Lessons from Noah, the Ark and the Flood – Part IV “The Flood and The Long-suffering Compassion of God” Part 8 of The Scarlet Thread series Pastor Ayars Scripture— I Peter 3:18-20, 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison,20 because they formerly did not obey, when God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through water. Main Idea—The Flood and God’s Merciful Long-suffering God is a god of mercy, love and grace;and also a god of wrath and justice. God’s greatest attribute is not love, it is holiness. II Peter 3:3-10 3 knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing,following their own sinful desires. 4 They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, 6 and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. 7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. 8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed II Peter 2:4-6 4 For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgment; 5 if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6 if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction, making them an example of what is going to happen to the ungodly; Application Time— How has your view of God’s wrath changed from this message? What have you learned about the long-suffering and love that God has shown in the example of the flood?
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