The Bible emphasizes the importance of household salvation. One of the greatest examples of this is Noah, whose unsinkable faith in God saved his family from the Great Flood.
Hebrews 11:7 says, “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”
This passage first describes the warning Noah’s faith believed.
In the days of Noah, there was a tremendous lack of fear of our Holy God. Adrian Rogers says, “The mark of a society on its last legs is when there is no fear of God.” But Noah feared God and demonstrated it through his godly living, godly knowledge, and wisdom. If we fear God, it will also show through our godly contentment, worship, salvation, confidence, insight and deliverance.
This passage also reveals the work that Noah’s faith achieved.
Being a man of faith, Noah obeyed God’s instruction and began building the ark long before he saw the flood; as a result, Noah saved his family. Adrian Rogers says, “If you work without faith, it is presumption; if you have faith without work, it is pretense.”
This passage also addresses the wickedness that Noah’s faith perceived.
In Genesis 6, God was brokenhearted over the sins of the generation. They were days of scientific progress, social plagues, and sexual perversion. The same sins from Noah’s day are being committed today; as God warned Noah’s generation, He has warned ours, as well.
Finally, we see the wealth that Noah’s faith received.
Noah left a legacy of righteousness; though he acted in obedience, Noah was not ultimately saved by his works, but by God’s grace.
By following the demonstration of Noah’s faith in God in the midst of our rebellious generation, we can usher our families into the ark of safety, which is a picture of Jesus Christ.
God sealed Noah into the ark, just as we are sealed by Jesus Christ in our salvation.
Apply it to your life
Are you leading your household with an unsinkable faith like Noah? Does it move you to obey God and to fear him? Establish God as the Lord of your household and pray for your family today.
fear and faith are inseparably linked together. Fear sees God’s power and God’s holiness and God’s justice. Fate sees God’s loving kindness. God’s Grace and God’s mercy. Therefore the fear of God is not a cringing dread of God. It is love on its knees. Mm hmm. Adrian Rogers ability to apply biblical truth to everyday life was one of the many things that made him such a remarkable pastor, teacher and writer today on love worth finding. He’ll be bringing that uniqueness to this series of messages that were calling champions of faith. Have your bibles open to hebrews chapter 11 and join us for today’s message. And if this message is an encouragement to you, remember, you can stream this message again and download Pastor Rogers outlined notes and other resources to go along with this message all at L WF dot org. Now, let’s join Adrian Rogers. Would you take God’s word and be finding Hebrews chapter 11 and verse seven, Talking today about Captain Noah and his unsinkable faith before things. I want to lay on your heart about Noah’s faith. And I pray God that they will buoy your faith to keep your faith afloat. Help you to have an unsinkable faith in treacherous days because that’s exactly what Noah had. And it made him a champion of faith. Now, the first thing I want you to notice is what I’m going to call the warning. His faith. Believe the warning. His faith believe, look in verse seven by faith. Noah being warned of God of things. Not seen as yet. Now God warned Noah of the fly, but he’d never seen a flood. Do you know what? Noah had never even seen rain. Look if you will in Genesis Chapter two just put it in your margin or turn to it if you can quickly genesis chapter two, verses five and six, it tells of the time before the flood and it says and every plant of the field before it was before it was in the earth and every herb of the field before it grew. For the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth and there was not a man to till the ground, but there went up a mist from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground before the flood. It was not raining, it did not rain. The idea of rain was foreign to Noah’s mind, much less any kind of a flood. God watered the earth by springs and by rivers and by evaporation and condensation and do. And some bible scholars believe that there was a great canopy over the earth that maintained a constant temperature like a giant greenhouse. And so Noah is warned of God of something he has never ever seen before. Uh It was a warning from the word, he had the word of God. Now again, I want to remind you of verse that we will mention many times in our study on faith here in hebrews chapter 11 and it is romans chapter 10 verse 17 which says Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Now I can preach christ today. But if all you hear is Adrian then so what you must here God, not that I’m God, but God takes his word and God will speak to your heart. You have a rama, a word from the word God is speaking to you. That’s the reason the apostle paul said in second timothy chapter one in verse 12 I know whom I have believed, he didn’t say, I know in whom I have believed. I believed him. Faith is believing God. You must have faith that here’s God. Now let me say this about this faith now that Noah had the faith that he received. Ah it resulted in fear. Look at it in verse seven by faith. Noah being warned of God of things not seen as yet. He had never seen it rain moved with fear prepared an art. Do you see that he was moved with fear. Now, some people say I don’t believe in a religion based on fear bible. Religion is based on fear. Fear is the foundation of faith. Now, do you know what is wrong with this generation today, May I tell you in a sentence, there’s no fear of God in this generation. Ah I’m going to read an extended passage of scripture From Romans chapter three I’m going to begin in verse 10 and I’m going to read through verse 18 and I want you to listen to this description that I’m going to read to you and I want you to compare it with society today in America. Listen to it as as it is written. There is none righteous, no, not one, there’s none that understand it, there’s none that seeks after God. They are all going out of the way they are together become unprofitable. There is none that doeth good. No, not one. Their throat is an open sepulcher with their tongues. They have used to seat the poison of ASPs is under their lips whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood, destruction and misery are in their ways and the way of peace, they have not known. And now verse 18, there is no fear of God before their eyes. All of the above is a description of a generation that does not fear God. Now put this first down, Jeremiah Chapter 2: verse 19, Thine own wickedness shall correct the and thy backsliding shall reprove thee. God doesn’t have to judge us. We judge ourselves. Listen, thine own wickedness shall correct the and I and II backsliding shall approve the know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter that thou hast forsaken the Lord, thy God and that my fear is not in the said the Lord of hosts when Noah believed God, he feared God listen fear and faith are inseparably linked together. Fear sees God’s power and God’s holiness and God’s justice, feet sees God’s loving kindness. God’s grace and God’s mercy. Therefore, the fear of God is not a cringing dread of God. It is love on its knees. No. Uh was a man of faith because he feared the Lord listen to it again by faith. Noah being warned of God of things not seen as yet moved with fear prepared an ark. The mark of society on its last legs is when there is no fear of God. Now, ah, God gave Noah a word of warning. But now here’s the second thing I want you to see. Not only the warning that his faith believes, but I want you to see the work that is faith achieved. Having heard from God, he got busy. Now look again in hebrews 11 and verse seven by faith. Noah being warned of God of things not seen as yet moved with fear prepared and art. He went to work. Now the bible teaches that faith without works is dead. James two verse 20 but wilt thou not know o vain man. That faith without works is dead. God told Noah to build an art and Noah obeyed. The word believe comes from an old english word by live what we really believe. We live by now. Don’t tell me that you have faith if you do not obey and you have to obey. Even when you don’t understand. No, I have not seen a flood, but he had a word and he obeyed. Warren will be a great bible. Teacher said, Faith is obeying God in spite of circumstances or consequences. Now, if you work without faith, that is presumption. If you have faith without work, that is pretense faith and work is power. Faith without works is dead. True. Faith is more than intellectual belief. It is believed with legs on it. It’s not what you eat. It’s what you digest that makes you strong. It’s not what you gain. It’s what you save, that makes you rich. It’s not what you read, but what you remember that makes you learned is not what you preach. But what you practice. That makes you a true believer in the Lord, jesus christ. No, it was a man of faith and therefore he prepared an art and he prepared an ark to the saving of his family. Some of you are going to lose your Children because your faith is a mere intellectual faith. I’m here, doctrinal faith. It is not a practical living faith that is obeying God and your Children see the difference. two men in the Bible who are contrasted in my mind, one is Noah and the others. A lot Lot is one of the most miserable creatures in the Bible. And yet he was a saved man. You can read about lot in Genesis. Chapter 19 Lot moved into Sodom. The most vile, wicked city on the face of the earth. And he pitched his tent toward Sodom soon became ingratiated with the people of Sodom began to live in the fellowship of the Sodomites. I got a place in the political office there in Sodom. God told lot and God warned lot as God had warned Noah! God said I’m going to destroy this place. La get your Children, get your family, get out of here, just as God had warned Noah to get his family. The bible says that lot. This back slid miserable. So called christian went witness to his sons in law. I laughed at him. They mocked him because they’d seen the way that he lived. He got his wife the angel said get your wife and get out of here and flee. Lot’s wife was so filled with her love for that wicked, vile worldly city that she turned around and was destroyed turned into a pillar of salt. He took his daughters up into the mountains and their lot became drunk and his had an incestuous relationship with his daughters. Can you imagine that lot had a saved soul. But he lost his family. I don’t want to go to heaven without all my Children and my grandchildren George and I make it a practice to pray, Oh God bless our Children, we call them by name morning and night and say, oh God bless them. One time I prayed and I said some years ago God, if any of my Children are not saved, they’re all professing christians. But if any of them are not saved? Oh God, I want them to say I had no reason to believe that. I would believe that any of them were not saved, but I didn’t want them to have just secondhand religion. I prayed that week. That’s sonny. When I preached, my darling daughter gail came down the aisle and said, papa daddy, I’m not sure I’m saved, I won’t be saved. And I want all of my Children in the ark Noah moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his household. Now friend, listen to me. The religion that does not begin at home does not begin. Have you ever heard anybody say, well, you know my loved ones are the hardest ones to witness to. You’re not telling on them, you’re telling on you. You know why they’re the hardest ones to witness to because they know you they know you many of us need to go and say would you forgive me for the life that I’ve lived in front of you and don’t even witness to them. Just say would you have forgive me? Just forgive me I’m a christian but I’ve been a poor example. They’ll be watching you for a while. They say yeah, sure I forgive you. Then later on you come back and say, would you forgive me for something else? Well now what do you want me to forgive you for? I am shared with you, the most important thing on earth to me. Would you forgive me for not sharing jesus with you? Just give you an open door to share the Lord jesus christ with your loved ones. Noah, I had faith and that faith was there for the saving of his household. Put this first down, there was a man filled with demons. Jesus healed him and the man wanted to follow jesus, but notice what Jesus said in Mark, chapter five verse 19, How be it Jesus suffered him not but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee. And it had compassion on thee. Now, here’s the third thing I want you to see. I want you to see the wickedness that his faith perceived. Look at this verse again by faith. Noah being warned of God of things not seen as yet moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house. Now watch this by the witch. He condemned the world. He he was a man that lived in a wicked society. Now, don’t tell me that you cannot have faith today because of the societal problems that we have today. Think of the ungodly world that Noah lived in. It was a day of secular philosophy genesis. Chapter six, verses five and six tells us that the the imaginations of the thoughts of man’s heart were evil continually and the word imaginations there doesn’t mean daydreams, it means philosophies. Uh, there was a secular philosophy, like is on the campuses of today’s schools and in the editorial pages of today’s newspapers, the days of Noah were days of secular philosophy. The days of Noah were days of scientific progress. I don’t think they were applying with sticks. How would you like to build a boat? A ship about the proportion of an ocean liner That could withstand the most ferocious storm the world has ever known. They were building great cities in this day Genesis. Chapter four verse 17 says in Kane to his wife and she conceived and bare enoch and he built a city. Built a city. I mean not the people have houses. Here is a man like donald trump. He’s built a city. Uh, we live in a day of scientific progress. I’m amazed at what we’re doing today. Genetic engineering. The violence of the internet. The internet is a great tool, but it’s a dangerous thing. The pornographers are now talking about virtual reality on the internet and virtual adultery. What all that means is ominous. Uh, there were days of social plagues. Notice in genesis chapter six, verses 11 through 13, the earth was filled with violence. All flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth. Think of the social plagues today. Think of the terrorism. Think of the violence. Think of the kidnappings. Think of the high skyjacking. Think of the needless murders that stalked the streets and yet nor was a man of faith. He believed God and all of that. Think of the violence today against the unborn. Let me tell you something that ought to break your heart. Peter Singer has been installed as the first full time professor of bioethics at the University center of human values of Princeton University. May I tell you that Princeton University was founded for the preaching of the gospel of jesus christ. Now, here’s Peter Singer. Let me tell you what Peter Singer. Now, this professor of bioethics said killing a disabled infant is not, is not morally equivalent to killing a person. It’s not the same to kill. Kill an afflicted baby is not the same as killing a person. He goes on to say the life of such a newborn baby is of less value than the life of a pig, a dog or chimpanzee, he says, And he’s the world’s best known advocate of infanticide. He thinks that parents should be allowed 28 days after the birth of a, of a severely disabled baby to decide whether to kill it or not. He’s the founder of the animal rights movement. He has taught the idea that human life is sacred is, here’s a new word for you. Species. Ism like racism. If you think that a human being is a superior to a dog or cat, an antelope or chimpanzee your species ist Well you say that’s some looney tunes friend that is a professor at Princeton days of social planes. Days of sexual perversion Genesis 6: verse five and God saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually, jesus linked the days of Noah with the days of lot Luke 17: verses 26 through 30. And as it was, these are the words of jesus now and as it was in the days of Noah. So shall it be also in the days of the son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage until the day that Noah entered into the ark and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise. Also as it was in the days of love, they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they build it. But the same day that lot went out of sodom, it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even thus, shall it be in the day when the son of man is revealed, jesus said, when I come again, the days of Noah and the days of locked are going to be replicated for further information, consult any newspaper or listen to any newscast. Do you are you listening? Do you know what Noah face. You see the wickedness that Noah perceived and yet in all of this, Noah lived and he preached now people didn’t listen to him, but he preached, you don’t measure preaching success by numbers, Barnum bailey got a crowd. I’m grateful for the people that are here today. But sometimes Jesus preached crowds away and I want to remind every preacher, it’s not your job to fill the auditorium. It’s your job to fill the pulpit. Now, here’s the final thing I want you to see. I want you to see the wealth that is faith received. The wealth that is faith received. Look at it again by faith. Noah being warned of God of things not seen as yet moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house by the which he condemned the world and became the air of righteousness of the righteousness which is by faith. What was his legacy? What was the wealth that his faith received? It was righteous righteousness. He was made righteous in the sight of the Lord by Faith. Remember chapter 10 Hebrews Chapter 10 The Just Shall Live By Faith. We receive spiritual life when we received christ, How is Noah saved, not by works, but by grace genesis. Chapter six and verse eight. But Noah found Grace in the eyes of the Lord. That’s the first time. Grace is used in the bible. Think of all of the heartache and the pain and the difficulty. Uh, no uh, went through. Think of what it costs. Noah to build that art. I don’t know where he got his resources but I have an idea that you put everything into the art. Maybe when Noah put that last nail in the art. That was all he had. And he went into the ark, a pauper when we came out, he owned the earth. Remember what Jesus said, blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth. When Noel went into the ark, he went in a minority when he came out, he was the majority. You see, the ark is also an illustration of salvation. It’s a picture of the Lord jesus christ, a gigantic object lesson, peter tells us in the new testament, the ark is finished. Storm clouds begin to roil the earth trembles great fissures, open water belches out. Rain comes down. But just before that God says Noah, genesis 71, no one come thou into the ark. God didn’t say no and go into the art, he said, come into the office. That means God was in there. I say to you, go into the foyer, that means I’m in here, you go there. But if I say to the people in the foyer, come into the auditorium. That means coming here where we are. God said Noah come into the ark and then the bible says, let God shut the door. There was a window on task. A door on the side, Noah was in charge of the window. God in charge of the door. You see I daily can look into the face of God, but I have been shut in to the Lord jesus christ Dark was sealed on the inside and outside with a gooey substance called pitch. It’s the same word translated atonement in the old testament. God put atonement on the outside and God put atonement on the inside and not one drop of water could come through. Noah come into the ark. It’s a picture of a different. What will happen when you come into jesus? When you come into jesus, God shuts the door. You’re sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. Not one Drop of judgment can come to the child of God who is safe in jesus. We have a wonderful salvation. Have a wonderful savior. Would you bow your heads in? Prayer heads are bowed and eyes are closed. May I ask you a question, Are you in the ark? I don’t say, Do you believe the ark? Are you in the arts? Are you safe in christ? Do you know Absolutely no. That you’re saved. If you should die this moment, you’d go straight to heaven. May I guide you in this decision and help you to receive christ the door’s open. God is saying to you come, come down into the art. Did you pray this prayer? Dear God, I need to be saved and I want to be saved, jesus You shed your blood on the cross to pay for my sins. I believe it, I receive it come into my life, take control of my life and began now to make me the person you want me to be and I will live for you. Lord jesus, not in order to be saved. That’s a gift. I will live for you because I am saved because you saved me by your voice again. Now to make me the question you want me to be in your holy name. May I have another moment of your time. Many today in the worship center in the sanctuary have made a decision to invite christ into their hearts. You heard me invite them to do it, but I want you to do the same thing. I want you to say today from your heart. 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