PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ

(Official communication to the public)

 9/5/18

We leave the Garden of Eden with two people who are living with a sinful nature in a fallen world, under God’s curse. Man will physically die and without a blood offering he will remain separated from God forever. Adam and Eve teach their children about God’s requirement of an animal sacrifice so they too can live. This too we must do with our children, teach them about the origin of sin, our sinful nature and God’s remedy.

Unfortunately, many from Adam on have chosen not to follow God’s plan for life. Instead, beginning with Cain they chose to rebel against God. This rebellion showed itself through selfishness, murder, humanism, mocking God, shame and arrogance. If the human population were to continue in that state the belief in God would be wiped out and life on earth would resemble hell.

God could have destroyed mankind and started over if he wanted, but out of his great love he chose a man and his family who loved God and was willing to serve him. His name was Noah. He was called by God to build a large ship (Ark) to save the different animal kinds and humanity. Though it had never rained on the earth since creation the day came when “the springs of the great deep burst forth and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.”  The flooding continued until the tallest mountain was covered by twenty feet. Genesis 7:11-12, 20.

Can you imagine the destruction this caused and how it vastly changed the shape of the continents? Nothing was the same. Man and animals were given a new beginning, a fresh start to repopulate the earth and walk with God.

In a similar way because of Christ we too are given a new beginning. Speaking of Noah and the Ark Peter says: . . . This water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.   Through the waters of baptism and God’s word we receive new life, forgiveness, and the Holy Spirit who brings faith. Water rescued Noah from God’s judgment and so the water of baptism and faith rescues us from God’s final judgment. Baptism brings salvation through Christ’s death and resurrection.

As we observe the fossil record and areas of erosion such as the Grand Canyon it is a reminder of Noah’s global flood and judgment upon the earth. It should also remind us of a coming judgment by fire. Through faith in Jesus Christ we will be rescued and avoid judgment.

Pastor Bob

By The Way:

Sunday 9, 9:00 A.M. Morning worship. Sermon: Why Read The Bible?

10:15 Sunday school begins for all ages.

Tuesday 11, 6:30 Council Meeting.

Wednesday 12, 5:30 Confirmation orientation at the church.